Sewing for Others: McCalls 6465

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Hello all! My Mother in Law asked if I can make a dress for her that she could wear to a wedding Memorial Day weekend. Of course I jumped at the opportunity since I want to learn how to sew for different body types. Read on for more pics and info.

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After consulting with my MIL, I spent a little time searching for the right pattern and came across McCalls 6465. It is described as a loose-fitting, pullover dress with French darts and round neckline. She wanted a sheath dress that could be made with a sturdy knit and not look cheap. We discussed what would look best and decided to change up the sleeves with the addition of lace starting from the elbow down.

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There isn’t supposed to be a seam in the back, but I messed up and went with it!

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I made a muslin of the dress and based on the size I chose (20), it was way too large. I ended up cutting a straight size 16 view D, and it was almost perfect. 1.5 inches had to be removed from the bust area but it’s something that I usually do with Big 4 patterns. The dress was relatively easy with the exception of hand stitching the hem and facing. The results were well worth it! I’ve always been SO lazy once I get to the hem but the results were nice.

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For the sleeves, I used the view D sleeve piece and cut it right at the elbow. I gently hand gathered the lace so the design could be seen without distorting the lace too much. Using embroidery scissors, I trimmed the lace so the scalloped edges could complement the forearm. The fabric is a stretch black twill knit that would be great for pants, and the lace was double border so much wasn’t used. Both fabrics were purchased at Joann Fabrics.

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The finished product! I think it turned out great. It looks so big on the hanger but on Ann it fits and looks right. I’m so happy with the dress and I hope to sew for others in the near future! Until next time, Happy Stitching! ❤

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