Hey Stashbusters! How are you doing on your dress sewing this month? I meant to post about this dress two weeks ago, but Eric and I were celebrating our anniversary by going to Canada! It was a blast! I may have bought one piece of fabric as a souvenir. We’ll pretend like I didn’t do that for now though.
This week I am back with another version of my TNT knit dress, McCall’s 6073. I have made this dress so many times I can’t even tell you what version number this one is. I think maybe I should give this pattern a rest for a bit. For this version, I used my redrafted bodice pieces to create a scoop neckline instead of the cross over V-neck. I also did a quick and easy rolled hem. That is my new preferred hem finish for knit dresses. It is easier and looks better than a turned and stitched hem, in my opinion.
For my fabrics I picked up two yards of this awesome Aztec coral and purple cotton jersey blend from Girl Charlee way back in February. I had intended to use it for this dress and picked up a royal purple cotton spandex to go with it. On the Girl Charlee site they looked like they would match perfectly together. Unfortunately, in person that was not the case. The purple in the print was just too dark to match the royal purple solid. Now, I have one yard of royal purple cotton spandex in my stash. Bah!
Luckily, I still had a little bit of navy ponte de roma from a few years ago when I did the Adoption Dress Project. The navy looked great with the coral print, so it won! In the end I used, 1.5 yards of purple/coral Aztec print for $9.38, and .75 yards of navy ponte de roma for $5.84. The total fabric cost for this dress is $15.22. I don’t think that is too bad for just the materials cost. If you were to factor in an hourly rate of minimum wage for two hours, this is about what you would pay for a knit dress at Target. I will take that!
Oh oh and before I go, I have to tell you some exciting news! If you follow me on Facebook you probably already saw this last month, so I am sorry for being repetitive. But……I am one of the new bloggers for Cali & Co Fabrics! I am pretty excited about this opportunity! Awhile back they posted a call out for bloggers on their blog and I applied. I was surprised that I actually got picked. The list of other bloggers is full of quite a few well known sewing bloggers. I finished my first garment this past weekend and it should go live on their blog sometime soon. Make sure to follow their blog to see all the awesome things my co-bloggers are making!