Hi everyone, I hope everyone is safe and made it through this terrible storm that we had to endure. To keep my mind off the storm I worked on this McCalls knit dress.
Pattern description: Straight, hip length, lined top A, above mid-knee length lined dresses B,C,D has front high or low cowl, side and back gathers, sleeves in two lengths or sleeveless and optional back invisible zipper; top A has three-quarter length unlined sleeves; dress D has unlined, above elbow length sleeves.
Construction and Alteration:
-I made view D, however my sleeves were a bit longer than the pattern description. I don't know why because I didn't add any length to sleeves.
-I cut a size 14 and made a 1-1/2 FBA,
-I made a 3/8 round back adjustment
-I sewed 1" seams starting at the hip all the way down to the hemline.
I love the cowl neckline and the gathering at the waistline seams. Since I used a knit fabric that was drapey but was beefy enough where I didn't need to add a lining. I was able to finish the edge of the cowl on my serger and folded a 5/8 hem, stitched it down and turn it to the inside.
I also omitted the invisible zipper in the back. This fabric was stretchy enough for me to pull it over my head.
I enjoyed sewing with this pattern. Since it's Palmer/Pletsch it made it that much easier to do the alterations that were needed because the adjustment lines are already on the pattern pieces.
I love all the details of this dress and would sew it again.