I've been eyeing up the uber-popular McCalls 6886 pattern lately. If we lived in the States, I would have picked it up at a Joann's sale by now. As I've been too spoiled by the $1 sales to pay mail-order prices for Big 4 patterns, I decided to use my Plantain t-shirt pattern to make the dress.
I was a bit worried that the sleeves would be tight because the fabric wasn't as stretchy as fabric I'd previously used to make the pattern. I ended up adding 1/4" to the front side seam of the sleeve while I was cutting. I also sewed the top of the sleeve seams together with a 1/4" seam allowance instead of 3/8" to give myself more room. I could still use a smidge more room. I was reminded after I finished the dress, that I think the Plantain sleeve has too flat of a sleeve cap. I think it would fit me better if I raised the cap a bit; I'm going to play with this alteration in the future.
I put a seam down the middle of the dress. On this version, I forgot to add the seam allowances for that center seam, so the back is a bit tight. I also have some fabric pooling that I could use the center seam to address in the future.
The fabric is a poly/lycra "famous dress designer" Ottoman knit I got from FabricMart last month. I rarely ever buy or sew with polyester, and this project reminded me why that is. I don't love the fabric. It doesn't breathe at all and is slightly scratchy. It also looks very pill-prone; I don't think the dress is going to hold up very long. Thankfully it's the sort of dress that I'd only wear to work (part-time) or church, and then would take off as soon as I got home. That might help its longevity.
It's a little shorter due to lack of fabric. I scooped the front and back shoulders a bit - I think it may have been a whole inch off the shoulder, tapering to nothing at the bottom of the armscye in the front, and tapering a bit higher in the back. Of course I neglected to take notes.
The fabric isn't super forgiving - it shows every lump as well as VPL - but it feels like I'm wearing nothing and I think it will be comfy for humid days at home this summer. Which can't come soon enough. I was not at all dressed for the actual weather during this photo shoot ... Bogota has been overcast and chilly for months.
And I think that's all I have to say about that. As always, thanks for reading, and see you next time!