Amelia: So you want to oversell it. Try this: “Oh, WOE, WOE, WOE is me!”
Cecelia: And that really works? It seems … undignified.
Amelia: You’d be surprised. I’ve gotten out of two speeding tickets and a school fundraising dinner!
(Today’s pattern from Etsy seller studioGpatterns.)
Hey, here’s another McCall’s 6727!
I love this pattern an awful lot. Here’s the bodice, I didn’t tack down the facing in front because I thought it might make a visible line, but that means it rolls a tiny tiny bit:
I was sure I took a picture of the facing, but uh, no. It’s Liberty — I used leftovers from this dress.
Here’s a tighter view of the bodice:
The fabric is (I think) a silk-cotton blend from FabricMartFabrics, bought ages and ages ago. It’s very lightweight but hangs nicely, and also it’s impossible to tell what color it is. In fluorescent light it looks olive green, and in daylight it looks either gray-brown or charcoal. It has a very, very slight basketweave.
Here’s the side zip and pocket. I cut away about an inch, inch and a half to make the pockets easier to get into. And — heresy to say — I think I may have actually made these pockets TOO BIG. They’re just about an inch too deep and two inches too wide. I thought I’d never see the day when I thought that pockets were too big, but I keep losing my lip balm in these, so that seems to be the key leading indicator.
And here’s the back:
(It’s not hanging perfectly, but I made seven pies today and am already tired before eating anything.)
This dress looks very Edwardian on, for some reason. I think it’s the combo of the narrow long skirt and square bodice. For winter here in the Bay I love the “long dress with long-sleeved tee underneath plus knee socks and roper/ankle boots”. So I expect to make about five more of these.
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So hey, new dress:
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:
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:
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):
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. 🙂