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May 11, 2017

GIVING MCCALL'S 6886 THE COLD SHOULDER...

... you know that you really like a pattern when you can remember the number at the drop of a hat.  Take Vogue 8815 for instance; I made that peplum so many times that I think I actually killed it!  I don't think I'll ever forget that pattern number.  Well, it's a similar situation with McCall's 6886, although I think I'll give it a rest - UNLESS I find I need a great fitting, easy knit dress for some future event.

I think McCall's 6886 has already been hacked every which way but loose all across the internet.  However, I haven't seen the dress given the cold shoulder treatment yet.  It's probably been done already and I just missed it.  But for now I'll just pretend that I'm the first to do it (LOL).

It all started with:
. being gifted this nice scuba knit yardage (from Diane of Remembering Oz) nothing like fabric from Texas,
 

. and, the fact that I needed a dress.

I'd never sewn scuba before and was a little bit intimidated by the slight spongy feel of the fabric.  So I put out a quick message to Sheilaz_CTK (who I know has worked with it quite a bit), and after she answered my questions I couldn't wait to sink my sewing machine needle into this fabric. I just added a shortened cold shoulder sleeve from Butterick 6425.  Such a simple hack, but I do love the results!

This time I made the deeper scoop necked version
Butterick 6425 modified cold shoulder sleeve
It's always so nice when a plan turns out just as you visualized...

21 comments:

  1. You did an awesome job Ms. Faye with your changes! This is a beautiful dress anyone would love to have!

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    1. Thank you Myra it fun sewing scuba for the first time.

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  2. You will look so cool wearing this new dress.

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    1. Thanks Jane. It's actually a gift for someone that I hope will love it.

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  3. This is such cool fabric, and it really shows off the cold shoulder well! So what are your top tips on dealing with scuba? I recently bought some from Fabric Mart who had some in my colors, but I too haven't sewn with it before.

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    1. Hey Elizabeth. My main tip would be to press with steam, a press cloth and a clapper especially on hems to achieve a crisper edge.. I blind hemmed the sleeves which was just okay,so I hand hemmed the bottom which looked better. Remove stitches with care as the fab will pick. I used the needle that was already in my machine after doing a test on a scrap - it must have been a ball point because I had sewn several knit garments prior.The fabric sewed like butter. Hope this helps.

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    2. Thanks for sharing! I'll keep these things in mind!

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  4. I love these cold shoulders - gorgeous! I will check out both patterns definitely. The one pattern I think I'll never forget the # of is the McCall's 7542. Love LOVE this pattern :) - I've hacked the sleeves in this pattern already to a few shirt patterns. In fact I've decided I'm going to make up those sleeve pattern pieces in fabric to make sure they last :)

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    1. I'm with you on McCall's 7542 Kathleen. I've made only made one of the views so far and I traced the pattern to save the original.

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  5. What a wonderful job you are doing ... FIESTA ;)

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    1. Thank you so much Monica!

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  6. Your dress looks great Ms. Faye!! I like that you hacked your favorite pattern in order to get the cold shoulder look. Also, I just got around to posting about the cold shoulder top I made for the sew along!

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    1. It was hard for me to decide on the cold shoulder or a flutter sleeve. Both the cold shoulder a flutter sleeves are included in the Butterick pattern.
      Yes, I did see your cold shoulder sewalong top. It's actually the first one listed on the Sewalong Pinterest Board you can use this link to see it there https://www.pinterest.com/fayedoll1/fayes-2017-tops-that-pop-sew-a-long/. I also posted it on my blog on May 4th. It was beautiful!, and thank you so much for participating! Be on the look out next year for the 2018 Sew-a-long in April.

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  7. What a lovely dress Ms. Faye...possibly Mother's day dress with a cute white floppy hat? You'll have to post a picture of you modeling it! For the life of me I could not figure out what to do with this material, and I have this exact material in kind of a mint green, you just gave me an idea. So impressed what you did!

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    1. Thank you again for the fabric Diane. I wanted to make sure I put it to good use. I think the dress work out quite well in that fabric!

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  8. You can never over-use an easy, comfortable, classic dress, and I love your cold shoulder treatment! Pretty fabric; that will be a nice dress to wear.

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  9. Such a great pattern hack! love your new dress!

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  10. What a fantastic dress! I love your fabric choice. The pattern is such an interesting shape and lovely.

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    1. Thank so much! The dress was a Mother's day gift for my Mom.

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