So hey, new dress:

Camo McCalls 6727 front

This is a very faithful (for me) rendition of McCall’s 6727:


(pattern image from VintageMoms)

I mean, I did change up a couple of things; the pockets in this pattern are topstitched to the skirt front, so I added a facing instead (as I am not under any kind of wartime fabric restrictions). And of course I made them significantly bigger (they’re bigger on the INSIDE). And I added piping. Here’s a view including the side zip:

McCalls 6727 side zip and pocket

I keep getting that little diagonal pull at the top of the zipper, I think I’m adding ease to the side seams wrong.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I also added a few inches to the center back — I usually need more ease in what I will euphemistically call my “lower-lower back” and this is a lazy way to get it:
McCalls 6727 back skirt gathers

The skirt here is longer than my preferred summer skirt length — I like a nearly tea-length skirt in the winter to wear with knee socks and boots. (That gap between the top of the sock and bottom of the skirt irritates me.)

The square neckline is a little deep, but not uncomfortably so (so far):

McCalls 6727 bodice

And I did the bodice facings in gingham, because I like the contrast of camo and gingham and also because why not:

I’m planning on wearing this (and have worn it) with a thin long-sleeved black tee underneath, black socks, and black roper boots. (And, of course, camo is a neutral that goes with everything.)

I’ve made this one more time, in a thin silk-cotton basketweave fabric in a deep deep olive-y/loden green, which I’ll be wearing it to give a talk about words on Saturday. :-)


Ready to Wear POCKETS!

by Erin on October 31, 2014


I haven’t posted any links to ready-to-wear clothes in SO long. Someone will send me a link to a gorgeous dress and I will click through, mentally deciding what cardigan sweater to wear with it, and then I am brought up short by the TOTAL ABSENCE OF POCKETS.

This skirt, from J. Peterman, does not have that problem. At all.

It is, however, only available in this green and a claret red (no black? inconceivable!) and is on the pricey side. (Also: the older I get, the creepier J. Peterman marketing copy gets. Is this happening to anyone else?) However, the reviews are universally approving, mainly because of the POCKETS.

Thanks to Lynda who sent me this link!


Today’s Pattern Story: McCalls 6701

October 30, 2014

  Mina: “Don’t worry, sister — we’ll find the rat bastard who reassembled you with your torso back to front!” Lena: “It could be worse — at least my feet are pointing the right way.” Mina: “And — for a little while, at least — you won’t have to bother saying ‘Hey buddy, my eyes […]

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A dress for a wedding (not a wedding dress) plus bonus kiltwearing

October 20, 2014

Haven’t posted in a while … there’s a backlog of new dresses and old patterns with new stories, but a shortage of TIME to post them in! This picture, of course, takes priority, as it involves a kilt — that’s my handsome-yet-goofy younger brother in the McKean tartan with all the trimmings, ready to walk […]

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Dots at Liberty

September 27, 2014

I don’t think I’ve posted about this yet — it’s a hybrid Frankendress of Liberty Schlesinger (which I’ve used before and still think looks like a cricket-ball print) with the bodice from Simplicity 2452 and the same skirt (only deeper pleats) as this dress (Simplicity 5238). Okay, that was confusing. Perhaps the pictures will make it easier: […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Advance 8296

September 21, 2014

  Isabelle: So that’s what he said to me — honestly Estelle — I thought I was going to fall down laughing right then and there. Estelle: I can’t take it! Isabelle: Seriously I thought he was going to bust a gasket. I have never seen a man so upset in my life. Estelle: And he really […]

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Because It’s There

August 25, 2014

So the other night I went to a Designers + Geeks meetup because it was about “Fashion Tech Design.” I always think that I will like the idea of fashion tech design but I usually come away slight less than whelmed. The speakers were fairly interesting — my favorite was Meg Grant, you should check […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: McCalls 5136

August 20, 2014

  Frieda: That’s … interesting. Syncopation is not everyone’s friend. Melba: My goodness! Her frock is … only fringe. Entirely fringe! Over no combinations! Mother is certainly going to need some sal volatile. Evelyn: Too, too tedious, darlings. Do you know if Jimmy brought the cocaine? (See the Vintage Pattern Wikia entry for this pattern here.) Oh and […]

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A shirtdress MADE OF SHIRTS

August 15, 2014

So as you all already know, I love shirtdresses. Love ‘em. Buy tons of shirtdress patterns! Which then languish, mostly unmade, in my sewing lair. Because, as it turns out, I love shirtdresses, and I really really love shirting fabric, but I am not really enthused about: sewing buttonholes making plackets creating collar stands So […]

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Today’s Pattern Story: Butterick 3613

August 10, 2014

  ANNOUNCER: Today’s elbow-wrestling contestants are Katrina Williston and Melody Gunnersdottir, both of Pleasant Prairie, Minnesota. COLOR COMMENTATOR: So a real home-town grudge match, huh, Tom? ANNOUNCER: Well, Bob, Pleasant Prairie has been a hotbed of elbow-wrestling since a spate of unfortunate hand amputations from thresher malfunctions back in the Great Depression. But it’s only been in […]

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