I've been sick all week, but I had gone out to buy some zippers and figured that since I was already dressed in a new dress, I might as well take pictures of it. Might as well get something done this week. Getting dressed is half the battle, right? And I figured I wouldn't look so tired and sickly in natural lighting, lol. I took some pictures, looked at my camera, and realised I wasn't smiling in a single one of them! Needless to say, it ended up taking longer than I thought, and I always feel ridiculous taking so many pictures of myself.
I usually try and take pictures of projects I've had finished for a long time, just so I don't forget about them, but like I said, I was already dressed. This is my most recent creation and I love it! Red is my favourite colour, yet for some reason, my closet is almost completely devoid of the colour. A girl needs a red dress. A comfortable, basic, 'can throw on and wear anywhere' red dress. And, in the odd math of sewing, it takes the same amount of fabric to make a dress as it does a shirt. So I grabbed some red, super-soft jersey I was going to make a shirt out of and decided to make a dress instead. It worked. 2 yards!
I used McCall's 6700 and shortened the skirt, keeping the bottom width the same. It has a tie in the back between the shoulders, and a belt out of the same material (I left off the belt loops, totally unnecessary). It went together very easily and quickly, except I found that the back gaped quite a bit, so I had to make it a lot smaller. I think it was caused by the ties bringing the shoulder line in and back. It works now though. Not a big problem :) And it just reminded me to always try things on before serging them because it is a pain to take out serging.
At this length it took 2 yards of fabric, which includes the ties and belt (I had to get creative with the layout a bit though). I cut a size 10 in the pattern, smaller than I normally would. [By measurements I would take a 14, I usually cut a 12, but I cut a 10 for this so it wouldn't be too loose. Fits perfectly, so look at the finished garment measurements, there is a bit of ease in this pattern, especially considering it is for knits. With the bottom skirt width being the same it made the finished hip measurement larger, so there was even less to worry about in cutting the smaller size]
I could probably make this dress in every colour, it is so quick, easy, and classic. Dressed up with heels, down with sandals. Lots of jewelry or nothing. Fabric sash, plain, or a belt. Mini, midi, or maxi length. Great pattern all around!