Posts Tagged ‘ mccalls ’

Long dress all done

Took a beloved T-shirt pattern and lengthened it into a solid gray dress I will wear all spring.

gray long dress

Raglan sleeves, nice scoop neck that’s not too deep, long length, ruching around bumpy middle. That part photographs terribly:

gray long dress

And I did the hem with a band I sewed onto the dress’ wrong side at the bottom so there’s texture.

The style was inspired by a thrifted wool-blend dress that went down to my feet. And there’s enough old gray Gaffney’s knit leftover to make something else.

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Changing turtleneck sweater dress into…

Love the color, texture, fuzz on this thrifted lamsbwool sweaterdress. I’m a fan of the shoulder buttons that open and close it, too.

turtleneck sweater dress before

But it’s got a TURTLENECK (ugh). So I’m using my new favorite McCall’s 6164 to transform it…

turtleneck sweater dress traced

…into a purple lambswool sweaterdress with a scoop neck.

turtleneck sweater dress cut

Still needs bindings, etc, but it’s so close…

All I want to wear anymore is cashmere

So maybe I shall.

sweater purple cashmere

High on the success of the T-shirt in random white stuff, I used the same McCall’s 6164 to cut into a boxy purple cashmere baby originally made by like Lands End or some other purveyor of quality, albeit square merch.

Here’s what it looked like before (ps- I bought it on half price day).

sweater-purple-cashmere

And the tag

sweater-purple-cashmere-tag

I guess the ladies of Markham aren’t so into the cashmere, because there’s typically
tons of it on the cheap.

Finished it this morning. Am trying so hard this year to finish what I start.

sweater purple cashmere neck

I love it.

Am well on my way to living this winter in cashmere.

McCall’s t-shirt in white stuff

McCall's 6164 fabric close up

Turns out there wasn’t quite enough fabric in a flecked white knit remnant to make this whole top, A, (pink) with the very gathered sleeves, or even shorter gathered sleeves.

But. The fit of this top is amazing. So’s the scoop neck.

I wondered, could I lengthen the sleeveless shoulders into cap sleeves, and skip the added sleeve?

Yes.

McCall's 6164 T

I made a few other alterations. Added several inches to the bottom, taking the length as far as the fabric would go. And instead of trying a narrow hem at the top, I took a lesson from this McCall’s tunic neck and cut a band with a raw edge to attach.

McCall's 6164 neck inside

Sewed it in, finished the seam, pressed in place, topstitched on the right side.

McCall's 6164 neck

Fabric’s from the Vogue Fabrics warehouse sale in December 2010. Don’t know what I paid for the chunk by itself since I walked out with a pile @$3.00/pound.

Alas, I don’t think this bit had a tag. So I don’t know what it is, where it’s from or how to get more.

Lousy zippers

I’m stuck on zippers. Can’t sew them in right, want something more substantial than a hand pick.

So I can’t finish this guy. Look at that (Markham thrift) dress! POCKETS!

mccalls 4270 drawing

purple flower print fabric closeup

purple flower print layout

There’s the layout. See the piece on the left with the rounded top? That’s a POCKET.

purple flower print layout

Dresses are usually so useless when it comes to pockets. So I get super excited when they come with.

Until I get the right zipper foot, I have a front, a back and straps all ready to go. I even cut the front neckline a little squarer than the sweetheart it already has.

Zippers…

What to do with Dolly?!

My Mister gave me this t-shirt after a Dolly Parton show last year in Chicago hours before he gave me an engagement ring. Holy gee, does it get any better?

t-shirt-dolly concert

He even knew to buy me the biggest size so I could make it cute.

t-shirt-dolly concert back

And since May 8, 2008, it’s been hiding in my closet, waiting for inspiration to strike. I thought I figured it out, with a pattern from a trusted south suburban thrift store, for “Gorgeous tops” as the previous owner wrote.

Pattern-McCall's 3994

Her patterns were individually wrapped in plastic bags, as if she had been marketing them for sale? Her notes are all over this one.

pattern-McCall's 3994 notes

Pattern-McCall's 3994 back

I tried one in red knit I thrifted. Pulled it way in since the original pattern was too big. And shortened the sleeves, too, so they were… cappier. 

It was just waiting for a bottom hem. Only now I can’t find the darn thing. Or any pictures I may have taken. 

I remember, though, it wasn’t the one. The search continues for the Dolly top.