Back in June 2013 I bought a dress pattern which changed my life. It was the Mcalls 6612 dress and tunic. I made it up in a size 14 without even thinking I needed to measure myself. Luckily due to the very stretchy nature of the fabric it fit.
I’d not used this pattern again, until earlier in the summer, and I’ve since made 5 very different garments. I measure a 16 chest and 12 hips but generally sew with a smaller seam allowance and keep my fingers crossed that it will fit. So far so good!
The first M6612 was a little red dress made with a cotton jersey from John Lewis. I was going to add short sleeves but after sewing up the side seams whilst in auto pilot I decided not to bother as I nearly always sew sleeves in in the flat and couldn’t be bothered easing the sleeves in. To jazz things up I added a striped trim to the neck and arm openings and absolutely love how it transformed this simple dress.
Top stitching with a wide twin cover stitch really made the dress look really RTW.
I’ve worn this dress loads over the summer – for meals out with pals, socials dos at the golf club, and just to watch the cricket on a sunny day.