I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to get my dress finished and photographed before the deadline of 10th September. For the’ Made Up Initiative,’ which is aiming to raise funds for National Literacy Trust, I set my self the challenge of making up the McCall’s M6696 shirtdress. For those who haven’t yet read about the challenge pop over to Karen’s blog for all the details.
I’m pleased with the finished dress, I mentioned in the last post that I removed the back gathering and changed to a flat back with waist darts. I cut the size 10 B cup which gives me a good fit around the waist but the next time I use this pattern I’ll go down to an 8 on the upper chest as it’s a bit roomy.
I shortened the length of the skirt by 6cm, I made the length as this summer dress I made last year which is a good length for me.
The make up went quite smoothly but I did find it a challenge to get the sleeves in, there is a lot of ease in the sleeve head! I also had more success than usual with my collar stand. Sometimes I find it hard to get them looking symmetrical. I took my time and I even drew on the shape of the curve before stitching to ensure each side matched each other.
I normally dread buttonholes as my machine can be quite temperamental but it stitched the 10 buttonholes I needed perfectly for once.
The covered buttons were from Harlequin .
I only needed to use 10 out of the 11 but at least I have one spare to hand if ever needed.
The buttons weren’t cheap at £1.20 each but the service is really professional, they arrived 3 days after I sent off the fabric.
Fingers crossed that my name gets pulled out of the hat for some of the great prizes going!