Monday, August 20, 2018

McCalls 7085: Not for the Faint of Dart!

I love trying a new pattern that I can immediately add to my TNT lineup. M7085 classic sheath is just such a pattern. Although it is drafted for a woven fabric I used this gorgeous Nanette Lepore viscose knit from Roz at Sew Much Fabric. The colors, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Bone and Orange are just so vibrant and vivid:

I lined the dress with Tricot knit, also from Sew Much Fabric and if you've never used this lining you absolutely must give it a try!

The beauty of the pattern is the shaping from 12 darts- 4 in front plus 2 bust darts, 4 in the back and 2 at the back shoulder. I'm not that wild about making darts but I sure do love the fit they give:

I went down a size since I was using a knit and also took in an additional bit at the waist for a great fit front:

and back!

Roz still has this fabric in stock and it is the perfect weight for transitioning into fall. I have no doubt this dress is going to be an huge favorite and I can't wait to wear it!

Thanks for stopping in and until next time Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How to Beat a Sizzling Summer

If you're in Texas, you're probably sizzling in this heat wave, too, so what better way to stay cool than sewing than another Sizzler Sundress from Naughty Bobbins?  This time I've used a whimsical floral rayon knit from Roz at Sew Much Fabric. As Brand Ambassador I have the privilege of choosing the fabric with which I want to sew. Last week I visited Roz in person with another knit in mind for this project, but once I spied this happy floral it stole my heart! 
And now for a miracle find I'm just learning out about! The front of this dress has a gathered panel so it is not lined:
However, the bodice and back of the dress are lined. Roz introduced me to Tricot for lining. What planet have  been living on that I'm just discovering this wonder fabric?? It is simply divine:
The Sizzler may be my all time favorite dress. The finishing techniques are so professional and you end up with such a neat, beautifully made garment.
In addition to the crossed front V I love the deep V in the back. But it's a perfect V- no bra peeking!
Perfect pattern, perfect fabric, perfect lining. If you have to brave the heat, you may as well do it in perfection!
Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Sewing!