When the voting choices came up, I was able to vote immediately! I’ve had this dear print in my cupboard for quite a long time – maybe two years. Just couldn’t commit to cutting into it but enjoyed the look and touch of it. I jumped at the chance to finally making that commitment . Yay!
The fabric is what seems to be a poly crepe type of stuff; the color is beautiful, with a slight sheen and not exceedingly shifty. I didn’t have any excessive slipping and sliding; there was quite a bit of fraying by the time the raw edges got finished off – more on that below. I just love those happy seagulls! [OK, we’re not talking about the ones circling the grocery store parking lot in Denver, Colorado; these are the ones on the coast up in Maine. Or Alaska. Even California. Ya know, where there’s water? ] I got it at our dearly departed Hancock Fabrics maybe two years ago.
I wanted to choose a pattern with a little flowiness to it, and the fabric looked like it would handle a button placket. Starting with about five candidates (mostly shirtdress patterns), I chose McCall’s 6520. The different views are pictured as shirt dresses, but after trying on the finished dress I gave it a hem-ectomy, removing 4″ off the bottom for more of a tunic length. The pattern went together easily, and except for the length, I didn’t make any changes. Grey skinny jeans, black leggings and a knit black skirt are all happy with this tunic. I can see maybe gray linen pants and a shorter black skirt would be appropriate as well.
There was not enough length above the drawstring to blouse any, kind of how it looks on the form.
Sadly, I was unable to get any pictures done while wearing this, so the dress form will have to do this time around. I’ve got close-ups included of some of the details: an applied casing with drawstring and a cool slant pocket. I think the raglan seams are unique, and the whole neckline fits me well. And (again) the birdies!! Between the vibrant color and the birdies, it’s just a happy wear 🙂
This is the second garment I’ve made using the serger I just got, and I’ll have to admit here in front of everyone that I spent a LOT of time just gawking at the insides! No big revelations here, this was one thing I had in mind when I finally ordered one, but still – WOW – the insides look freakin’ awesome! There was some ridiculous happy dancing happening.