Monday, January 4, 2010

McCall's 5974 - Black, white & cobalt blue geometrical print dress

Here's my first dress of the year, a casual knit with long sleeves. I actually bought this pattern for design C with mock wrap neckline and wrap around ties. However, after matching the print of this dress at so many seams, I didn't have enough fabric left over for the ties. The fit is great right out of the envelope so I'll definitely be making it again.

This dress has pleats along the top bust area and under the midriff panel, which are great camouflage. I matched up the pattern along the center front from neckline to hem. This fabric is an ITY knit purchased from Denverfabrics.com some months ago. I keep stalking that site waiting for new knits to be posted. They haven't put up anything new in forever!

Here at the side you can see where I tried my best to match up the print. Not easy!

The back has a CB seam where I did more pattern matching. The sleeves also match up. Now you see why I had no fabric left over for ties. I omitted the back zipper as it's totally unnecessary.

The inside midriff panel was made from white ITY knit so there wouldn't be anything showing through to the outside. I used bias tape to finish the neckline and armhole seams. French seams were used for all vertical seams and shoulders.

This shot is at the CB hem. I used my twin needle to get a neat doubled stitch line.

This was a fun and simple project and I had zero fit issues. Oh, forgot to mention this is a Palmer/Pletsch "Perfect Knit Dress" pattern and has extensive directions for full bust, high round back, very round back, broad/narrow back, sway/flat back and full arm alterations. This is my second time using one of these types of patterns, and I think it went much better than the first time.

44 comments:

  1. I am overwhelmed! Which a beautiful dress!Gratulation!
    That is exactly your Style, it is exactly your colors! Avoid these yellow, beige and brown. Your colors are clear and strong.

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  2. That is totally cute! I love the cut and the fabric. And it looks great on you! Awesome job!

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  3. Wow! That dress is beautiful and certainly making me want to use that pattern.

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  4. That is a great way to kick off the new year! Love the dress and the way it's styled. I picked that pattern up this weekend during the Joanns sale and I'm thrilled to make it now. :)

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  5. WOW!! as always- a beautiful job!

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  6. What a fantastic job you have done. Perfect matching and it looks so great on you.

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  7. Gorgeous print and perfect for that pattern. Cute, cute, cute!

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  8. Wow! Cute dress and very impressive pattern matching.

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  9. Very cute! I love how youcentered thhe print, especially the front. Boots are cute, too.

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  10. Beautiful dress and fantastic job on the pattern matching, planning, cutting. Never easy! I really must get this pattern.

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  11. I so love this dress!!!!! You did a fabulous job!!!

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  12. This dress is beautiful!!! The matching is great. One of my faves of your clothes.

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  13. ooh girl that dress is the bomb! Love the print and you really did a great job of matching. the back looks great.

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  14. Amazing job on the dress, what fantastic job matching

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  15. That's so fun! Your pattern matching turned out really well. I'm glad to learn that the P/P patterns are a good idea. I just bought the other perfect knit dress pattern and I'm excited to give it a go.

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  16. Fabulous dress! You did such a beautiful job matching your fabric and the interior is gorgeous as always. What a flattering style!

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  17. I love the retro pattern of the fabric. Great job as always.

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  18. wow you did a great job!! I love the knit pattern. You have me wanting to stalk denverfabrics, but alas my sewing has slowed to a trickle so no new fabric for me :O(

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  19. This dress is fantastic . I really admire you pattern matching skills you really have done a beautiful job . Is the bias tape just regular purchased WOVEN tape ? I mean is there enough stretch using it on a knit project ? Or did you make your own ?

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  20. Wow...your matching job is really fantastic as everyone has already noted!!! This looks very cute on you....love the colors. I remember when you would only wear all solid colors. :o)

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  21. Your dress looks great on you. It is really slimming too.

    As usual, the inside looks as pretty and neat as the outside. So inspiring!

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  22. Beautiful dress, inside and out. Nice sewing, as always.

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  23. Love the dress! I just made this for the second time myself.

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  24. Sooooo cute! I've been dying to try that pattern. I think I'll give it a go since you liked it.

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  25. I am seriously impressed by that pattern matching! Great job, it's a super cute dress.

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  26. Wow! you are starting the New Year with a beatiful and bold statement. Love the color!

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  27. Wow! Your dress is absolutely beautiful.

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  28. Beautiful dress~!! I love the bold print and how it's matched!

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  29. You look so cute. The print is fabulous.

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  30. I am in awe of your talent. You really have outdone yourself with the placement of the fabric on this pleated, knit dress. Simply fabulous!

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  31. I was so pleased to see that you have made up this pattern because it's on my 'to do' list. However, I don't think mine will be as stunning as yours - you look amazing in it. That print is wonderful and, as always, you have matched it perfectly. I'm very envious that it fitted you straight out of the envelope - I will be needing a lot of those directions for alterations included in the pattern!

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  32. Your matching results are fabulous. Great dress and you look gorgeous.

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  33. I've been following your blog for about a year, and I love everything you make... I just have to come out of lurking and say that this is fantastic. Perfect combination of fabric and pattern. Very inspiring!

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  34. Outstanding! That dress is just stunning - cool print.... WOW!

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  35. Stunning print dress, the pattern matching is amazing!

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  36. I am glad it fit you so well! I made this one and thought it was an easy dress to make, but I am about 2 inches too tall for the pattern. I need to get around to a adding a panel to the dress to lengthen it!

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  37. This is one of my favorites... the fit and construction is flawless, and the pattern matching is unbelievable! You are an inspiration for the serger-less sewers (myself included).

    I hope you will do a tutorial on how to do the neckline binding.

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  38. Lovely dress.The lady nishant is advertising her site on every sewing blog possible.I would delete her review if she ever posted it on mine!

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  39. Peeeeerrrrfect!!!!! Well done! it's so GROOVY!

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  40. Oh, and the way you've styled it with the boots? Fabulous! Tell me about those boots!

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  41. That is stunning fabric and congrats on matching that pattern - you did a great job!

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