I needed something super-easy to get things going again. I did make a linen skirt, but didn’t check measurements (new pattern company for me) and couldn’t zip it over my bumm (silly me). I have also done muslins for a pair of shorts and a kaftan which are up next. Enter M6612 – easy close-fitting pullover dresses with a variety of lengths, sleeves and necklines. I’ve made view D before, and when I wore it the other day, I got so many compliments, I decided to make view C to warm up for the shorts/kaftan. Here’s view D, which I made in a cotton lycra print from Gorgeous Fabrics. I really love the green print on this version, and got really lucky with the placement in this case:
This time, I used the remaining floral ITY knit that I used to make my niece’s Christmas gift. Easy to sew, no rolling, but a synthetic (not fond of synthetics). The only fitting alteration I made was the same one I made to view D, which was to add 1.5 inches at the waist in length to accommodate my long torso (cut a 12 since I knew how close-fitting this was, though I’ve been cutting 10s in the bodice lately).
I pretty much followed the directions – though you don’t need them – this is a super easy one night hit. I did set the sleeves in flat instead of the way the directions requested. I had plan to do the neckline, hem and sleeve hems with a double needle, but I got so much tunneling, I abandoned that idea. Instead I turned a narrow hem and top-stitched it.
I encountered two sewing issues. First, I had skipped stitches with my regular machine on the hems (you can see it in the neckline photo).
Second, I had a terrible time with control on the serger (Babylock 1034D). By control, I mean, maintaining a perfect 5/8″ seamline. I was mostly wider, leading to a more snug fit than I would like. The way the machine is designed, the easiest control over the seam line when serging is at 3/8″ seam. Does anyone else encounter these issues – if so, how do you compensate?