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FO: Mccalls 6069

Sunday, September 16

I need to find the person who invented knit fabric, and say a big Thank You. Is there anyone out there who does not like to sew with knit? They are so forgiving. You hardly ever have the fit issues you have with woven. Right now, I can't be bothered to fight with woven fabric and patterns, to adjust whatever I am sewing to fit me. So I find myself using knit more and more. Just as well we are going into autumn, and knits are going to rule my wardrobe from now till spring. Yay!



After the red guy laroche dress I made, I decided to do something quicker, in which I could finish within a day. So I picked McCalls 6069 and made view A. It is sadly now out of print, but I am sure it can be found around on ebay and etsy.


It is an easy make. Really easy. The pattern claims it is a 1hour dress. I beg to differ. It will probably be a 1 hour dress if you have already cut out the pattern, and fabric, and all you have to do is sew. The instructions were ok, but I found attaching the strap at the neck quite fiddly. It is probably just me being dense because I have not seen anyone else complain about it, and trust me, there are ALOT of reviews on this pattern out there.

I used a knit fabric I bought from the man in front of Sainsburys at Walthamslow market for £2/metre. I bought 2 metres, but I have a teensy weeny bit left. That is because I cut out the sleeves as well, but after attaching 1 sleeve, I tried it on, and thought I looked like a tool. So I took it off, and decided not to use sleeves. Do be aware that this dress is short. Very Short. I added 5cm to the hem, and did a really tiny hem, but it still ended just above my knees. Next time I will add more length at hem.

It was a very uneventful make, and I love the dress. I can see myself making this again in the not too distant future, as it is a really comfortable dress to wear and it is so easy to make as well. So a definite remake.


In other news, I spent Saturday with a couple of girls in Bath, learning the science of elastic stretching. More on that in the next post. I actually made this dress to wear to Bath but due to a little technicality, I was unable to, which led to a change in outfit, which in turn resulted in serious enjoyment threatening episodes in Bath. More on that in the next post.

Have a nice week everyone.

18 comments:

  1. Yes, I hate knit! I can't get the ruddy stuff to behave itself with me. I know other people love it, but I can't just can't seem to get to grips with it. You look lovely.

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    1. Thanks Karen. Don't give up on it seriously. Give it another go. Once you get the hang of it, you will never look back.

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    2. Karen, that's two "we love jersey" posts you read in one day! As Dibs says, do keep trying- you will get there too... :)

      Dibs, this dress is so lovely, and I wasn't expecting the back detail! Always good in a dress... :)

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  2. I like knits, but they don't like me too much. They seem to like to cling to the bumps and bulges that I would prefer they just skim over. Of course when I am supermodel thin it won`t be an issue.

    Your new dress looks great on you, but then again you always look great. Come to think of it, I don`t know why I like you. 8-D

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    1. Hahahaha oh dear. You know why you like me, and you know u can't help but like me. Lol.

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  3. I also have not had such success at knits as you seem to naturally come by. Any chance of posting a few tips for us gumby-knit-sewers???

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    1. hmm, I could try. I don't have any special tips, its just that my machine has a stretch stitch that is almost straight, and I don't have to pull it or anything like that. I suppose I could write a post on that.

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  4. Don't you just love a quick knit project? I particularly like the back view!

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    1. Oh, quick projects are the best. So good for lazy days.

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  5. How come that pattern went OOP so fast? Anyway, the dress looks great on you!

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  6. Knit is awesome for a woman's figure but it's not awesome to fit or to sew. Once you have a hand for woven, it's hard to make the switch. You are one of the few that likes the fabric! I'm really interested to read about your findings on elastic. Would you mind emailing me with what you learned? I'D LOVE TO get in a convo about elastic. Nerd? Yeh, I'd say I am.

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  7. Wow, love this! So cute! I really like working with knits-- any difficulty sewing with them is definitely outweighed by comfort and ease of fitting! And dude, you could never look like a tool! ;)

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  8. That is a seriously stylish dress, but having one similar, a cowl from a knit, I can promise you, you will find quit super useful. It looks fabulous on you dibs, nice :-)

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  9. Hiya lovely, how are you doing? Thanks so much for your sweet comment about my new classes. I'll definitely be rigging up new classes in the future, I'll blog about them all in case any of them interest any of my readers. Hope all is well with you
    Zoe xxx

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  10. Lovely Dibs! I hope you and family are doing well and do give litte Noah a kiss for me ;-).

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