Last of the Summer Sewing

I have what will be the last of my summer sewing to share today and it’s a remake of a dress I never shared, so today you get a two for one!

This is a McCalls pattern that came out at the end of last summer. I picked it up because I loved the loose, swinging vibe mixed with these amazing sleeves. I made my first version right before we moved out of a poly crepe and I never really got to wear it much. When I put it on for these pictures I realized how great it was and am going to try to throw it into my nightgown adjacent attire rotation.

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For the second dress I knew I wanted to lengthen the bodice and I made it a size smaller. I had *just* enough fabric (that is the theme for this summer apparently) so the sleeves are a little shorter and the skirt is a little narrower, but I love these changes. I think it’s a bit of a different vibe from the first one and it’s so comfortable to wear.

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I’ve been seeing this dress pop up on instagram quite a bit lately and I think it’s because it’s a very simple make, I got it sewn up in one nap time!, and it’s loose and cool while still being cute. Perfect for throwing on in these hot final days of summer when we’re all mostly still at home!

I think the maxi version of this dress with the flutter sleeves would be gorgeous in a floral print for spring next year so I may keep that in mind when I’m looking at fabrics. Now that the bodice fits pretty perfectly, I might sew this up one more time. Sewing a pattern multiple times is a little unusual for me, so that’s how you know I love it!

///Pattern Detais////

Pattern and version made: This is M7969 and both of these are version A

Size and alterations: The leopard print is a size small, no alterations, and the newest version is an extra small bodice with alterations to the skirt and sleeve made to work with limited fabric. I also lengthened the bodice about an inch and a half, and I prefer where this one hits me.

Fabric Used: The animal print is a poly crepe I got from Blackbird last year and this version is a gorgeous Atelier Brunette rayon challis I picked up from Stylemaker Fabrics. 

Final Thoughts: I love this easy dress, especially for summer. Simple to make with fun details that keep it from being too basic. I prefer a little tighter fit in the bodice, simply because the wrap can feel like it’s loose and opening which isn’t ideal, but otherwise love the drafting of this dress. Would recommend this to more beginning sewists has it has no closures and the sleeve is easy to install, even with the gathers, since it is raglan style. I also think you get a lot of bang for your buck with this pattern as all the versions have a very different feel to them.

 

True Bias Calvin Dress

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I have been trying to use what I have when it comes to sewing and this most recent make is an old Needle Sharp box that I picked up sometime last year. I never got around to making it in the warmer months so I set it aside. I’ve been drawn towards a specific color palette lately, and this darker gray fabric wasn’t calling to me. However, I have had great success with True Bias patterns and I always love a summer dress. Besides, it’s not like I have a lot of other things going on right now!

The construction of the dress itself is fairly simple and it comes together pretty quickly. The most fiddly part is the bias tape, you make your own and then use it for both sides of the bodice, the arm holes, and the straps. This takes a bit of work, but nothing too hard, and the ready to wear look of it when it’s finished is worth the effort!

I had a bit of trouble fitting the bodice. I think I need to start making small bust adjustments something I do regularly with patterns and I will try it if I make this one again. I love the style of this, it feels very now with the midi length and slip dress/90s throwback vibe. It will be fun to see how much wear I get out of it in the coming months!

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Here are some stats and links

Pattern: The Calvin Dress from True Bias, there is a top version as well

Sizing/alterations: I made up the size 6. It was a little big in the bust for me so I pinched in the sides, maybe an inch in total? In the future I would like to try a small bust adjustment with this pattern

Fabric: This is a beautiful sandwashed rayon that came in myNeedle Sharp subscriptionbox. I love the drape of it and it reads almost brown/gray which is a new color for me.

Thoughts/Comments: Fairly simple to construct, minus making all your own bias tape (but it’s good practice!) I love the length of it and it feels like a cool style that is different from anything else I own. Will be fun to layer up some as the weather gets colder here.

 

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