Sew Long Summer: Summer Crush

I know I am a day late in posting this for the Summer Crush theme last week, but I had some family things to take care of yesterday that prevented me from finishing everything up.  Not to worry, everyone is doing good now.  Eric and I just had to attend to several different family members yesterday all for different issues.  It was a busy weekend for us, which culminated with me having jury duty today.  Luckily, I didn’t get picked, because I don’t think I could handle the case that was being presented.

I still want to share the garment I made for Summer Crush though. Here it is, better late than never.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontOn Saturday, I mentioned my summer crush this year is the maxi dress.  Here is the newest one I have made. Another version of McCall’s 6073!  Big surprise, right?!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 backThis is my third version of this pattern this year and I am not even close to sick of it.  The pattern is so flattering to my body type that most of my dresses are this type of style.  The belt does a great job of accentuating my midsection, while the crossover shows off my curves well.  The overall length of the bodice hits me in a great spot so the skirt makes me look taller.  The gathers of the skirt help to hide my tummy too.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sideThis version is a whole lot of floral!  I love the print of this ITY Knit and I also have it in a purple colorway.  Both of these were purchased from my job way back in June at $1.12 a yard. I also added an underlining to the bodice of white swimwear lining for to help support the weight of the skirt.  I used 3.25 yards of the ITY and .75 yards of the swimwear lining for a total cost of $8.24.  Not too bad! Not bad at all!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sidebackI  did make a couple of minor alterations to this version.  First, I took the crossover at the belt down by about 1″ to eliminate some of the gaping open at the chest.  This didn’t quite do the trick so I took the shoulders up in the front only by 1.5″ and now it is perfect.  There is no gaping open and it fits nicely around my curves.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontThis weeks theme is Never Ending Summer, where we are sewing garments that keep us in a summer state of mind all year round.  I have one garment ready but am not contemplating making a second.  Head on over to Melissa’s blog to read more about this week’s theme and join the linky party!

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7 Responses to Sew Long Summer: Summer Crush

  1. April says:

    I’m in love with this dress! The pattern and the fabric are too pretty on you!

  2. Becky says:

    Gorgeous print. And what a great price! I’m glad you didn’t get picked for jury duty. That’s the worst.

  3. Alana Hameluck says:

    I need some help on this back v neckline. I’m sure hoping that you can help me out. The instructions are not clear and I’m quite confused on how this back v goes together. Any help from you would be greatly appreciated.

    • smclevenger says:

      Sure. I did not follow the directions for this. I skipped the binding on all the versions I have made because of the prints I was using. I didn’t want the binding to stick out from the rest of the bodice. Instead, I just turned and stitched one version. For this blue floral version, I added a lining because the fabric was so thin. I recommend adding a lining. To do so I stitched the shell to the lining, face to face. I clipped along the curves and as close to the stitching on the center back V. I then turned it right side out and topstitched a 1/4″ from the edge.

  4. Alana Hameluck says:

    Thank you so much! The instructions for this were driving me crazy, I think Ivan work with this thanks to you. Sometimes having another suggestion is all that I need! Thanks again.

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