Naturally I raced to Spotlight at the first chance I could and tried to buy it too. By the time I got there however, it was sold out. *sob*
Weeks passed and I forgot about the knit fabric that I loved...
Then last weekend my friend Rachel (who no longer blogs, but has recently started sewing again - yay!), invited my family and I over for dinner. As she is a long time sewing friend, we decided to 'talk shop' while I looked through her stash and THEN I SAW THAT KNIT FABRIC!!! I almost died! Not only did she have some, but she bought the remainder of a roll from a different Spotty and there was enough for both us! Woo hoo! As she didn't really need it all and her judgment may have been slightly impaired by bubbles, she let me have half. Yea haw!
McCalls 6713. With pattern prices dropping in Australia, I could have just purchased it myself, but we all know that a trip to Spotty to buy one thing, never ends up with just one thing coming home. So I took it home and traced it. I hate tracing!
this dress, which I have never worn. What was I thinking?
The only changes I made to the construction of pattern was to add clear elastic to the shoulders and bias interfacing tape to the neckline to prevent it stretching out. I also sewed scant side seams at the end as I wanted a tiny bit more ease.
I am yet to hem this dress, as I do need to buy some matching thread, but I'm not entirely sure I need to. It sits nicely at the moment. I think I'll give it a trial run at school this week before making a decision about hemming.
As you can probably tell, I am quite happy with this dress. I'm happy that it was essentially free, but would have been equally happy to pay for it. The pattern is really flattering and has no gaping issues, which helps when you work with kids all day. I think I may even make another. I'll just have to keep my eyes out for more discount fabric from Spotlight!
Pattern: McCalls 6713 - borrowed from Rach = free
Fabric: 2m poly jersey from Spotlight, also from Rach = free
Lining: repurposed from wadder = free
Thread, interfacing and elastic from stash