|New red lipstick mmmmhmmmm|
But, after the completion of my Renfrew, and wearing it constantly, I knew this rayon wanted to be converted in to a wrap dress of some type. Now, this is an extremely strange thought for me to have because I don't actually enjoy wearing wrap dresses. I have only had one, but I hated it. It was so uncomfortable and pulled at all the wrong places, so instead of the shape-flattering characteristics typical to wrap dresses, I felt like a blimp. NEVER something that you want to feel like. And that negative impression remained. For 10 years. WOW I certainly know how to hold grudge eh? But then this rayon entered my life, and the idea of a wrap dress wouldn't leave my mind. So I submitted to the fabric's will and made a wrap dress.
I didn't have a pattern until I went to the Salvation Army and the only pattern not circa 1980's-shoulder-pad-extravaganza was this one: McCall's 5974, toted as The Perfect Knit Dress. It was meant to be - my beautiful Rayon fabric would be A Dress with Wraps (My take on a wrap dress), and maybe even a perfect one at that! So I skipped the whole way home, pattern in hand, singing "Do You Believe in Magic?".
|Lovely pleats on the skirt which are hidden under the wrap ties.|
Thankfully I was browsing PatternReview.com and decided to read a few reviews for M5974. My Skepticism at the statement "The Perfect Knit Dress" was creeping up quickly and I needed to placate myself prior to cutting into my rayon (which at this point I had been stroking lovingly and rubbing against my cheek). Every review immediately pointed out that McCalls had gone and done it again and made this pattern HUGE. Especially for a knit. Once again, Reading pays off! I decided to cut the size 8 after measuring the tissue pattern and felt that some negative ease is necessary for such a slinky fabric.
(My ties are ridiculously long. Contrary to most reviews which state they are on the short side)
I ignored the instructions as I so frequently do. Oops. It was just too simple to require them. So I hunkered down with my serger and zip-zip-zip I was done. Ok, I wish that was true, I have a few pleats to sew with my machine in both the bodice and skirt front, and then I spent more minutes than I care to admit to trying to figure out which way to attach the wraps so that they wouldn't be backwards. But I'm proud to say I got it correct on the first try. Yay me!
|The bottom of my skirt is Off, it isn't JUST the photo.|
But, Overall it went together quickly and it fits rather perfectly. After taking off 6 inches off the length due to fabric restrictions, I wish I had added more length to the back to accommodate my derrier. But we sew and we learn right?
|What you doing crazy Owner-Lady?|
Pattern: McCall's M5974
Fabric: Rayon Jersey
Cost: $8 total
- Shortened the length by a good 6 inches or so
- Cut the Sleeve pattern to have negative ease
- Narrow shoulder adjustment (to reduce fabric pooling over my shoulders)
- Serged all seams including edges, then stitched them under