Added Oct 29, 2011
McCall’s 6758: first published in 1963; Misses’ Dress with Slim or Full Skirt. Dress, with dart fitted bodice and three-gore slim skirt, or four-gore skirt with unpressed pleats. Dress has short set-in sleeves with or without bias cuffs. Two-piece, interfaced collar is tacked under button at left front; zippered back neck opening. Slim skirt has side front pleats, low back pleat. Skim dress has left side zipper. Placket in full dress is fastened with zipper, hook and eye and snaps.
This dress required a bit of drafting and some creativity. First off, it is a vintage size 14 and I am usually a 16, although for most patterns I have to add at least ¾” to the waist length. I am very proud of the fact that I properly drafted my extra two inches onto muslin before cutting into my fabric. It turns out the dress had a bit more ease than I expected, but I am happy with my easy fitting dress.
Here is something I learned on this project: a full skirt made out of rectangular pieces uses way too much yardage! I am usually able get my layout to fit with room to spare, but this time around, the skirt alone took 3 complete yards of fabric with no leftovers. I am constantly cutting out full skirts, but they are usually non-pleated waists and I am used to having that extra “triangle” of fabric to use for bodice pieces, cuffs, etc. This time around, I realized there was no possible way to fit the bodice pieces, sleeves, cuffs and collar with what I had left. Darn! What I came up with was a contrasting color for both cuffs and collar, and I am very please with the final result, although I did have to purchase my contrast cotton. To help pull the contrast together, I added a button covered with the seersucker fabric to the collar and piped the edge with a pale pink cotton.
It turns out I prefer the contrasting collar and cuffs to solid stripes. Happy mistakes!
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