McCalls 6460

I’ve finished my McCalls 6460 dress!

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I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out considering this is my first time sewing with lace.

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I found the sizing for this pattern really strange. I originally cut a 14 as that was what my measurements were the closest to. However I found that was too big and ended up cutting off about an inch on either side. As there is little ease in this pattern I’m confused about why this would be. I guess my cutting accuracy could be partly at fault…

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I made a keyhole opening in the back – the idea of sewing a zip onto lace nearly made me faint (ooops you can see my bra).

I also decided to cut the skirt a bit shorter than the pattern suggested. I thought the material looked a bit ‘heavy’ and ‘dense’ (if you know what I mean) so I cut off about 2 inches from the bottom and then sewed about a 2 inch hem too.

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I’m also wearing a black faux snake skin belt (Grandma’s) and my T-Rex necklace (present for my 21st birthday – officially old lol).

What have you finished recently?

DISTRACTIONS…

So, yet again I have been distracted from my current sewing project. I’m currently making a cape (here for look) however, it seems I have been distracted by another thing I want to make. I am still making progress with my cape and promise to post a WIP update later  this week.

In the meantime let me tell you about my latest distraction – McCalls 6460

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In case I haven’t told you before (we’re all friends here right?) I’m going to a ball! I haven’t been to a ball in absolutely ages. I thought that I wanted to wear quite a simple dress that with any luck I can wear again. So here is my inspiration: 20120716-182325.jpg

Don’t Judge! Yes it’s Taylor Swift, but look at the dress, isn’t is lovely?!

Here’s a similar dress but one with a full skirt:

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Once I started googling I found that most of the images under “black lace dress” had sleeves. I orginally was going to opt for the sleeveless version but after seeing these I think I’m won over by the elbow length sleeves (like Taylor’s).

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Yes I have already bought the fabric and the pattern (danger – what if I don’t get onto this project in time and it ends up on my shelf with the copious amounts of other fabrics yet to be made up!?!?!)

I bought a black floral lace and a champaign-pinky satin to line it with. Upon reflection I’m a tad worried that this will look a bit rude. When I said I’d like something to line the dress with the shop assistant picked up some black and looking at all the photos on google they’re all lined with black too… Please tell me it won’t look rude!

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Hopefully the bodice will look something like this (above)

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And I will look something like this lady – elegant and introspective!

One last note: I despise wearing strapless bras as they are forever cutting into my ribs which is only a tad better, in my book, than being too loose. Anyway, I found this great link giving instructions on how to sew a bra into a dress, I’m definitely going to give it a go!