Pattern: McCall’s 6069 View A
Fabric: Rayon Jersey from Sawyer Brook fabrics (originally from Milly)
Notions: 3/8″ elastic
I think I might recommend this pattern to knit beginners. There are 6 pieces, but I only used 5 (I left out the pockets – they would have shown on this fabric.) The only tricky bit is sewing the optional shoulder strap in the back, but even that is easily gotten past. I don’t really know how long this dress took, because I only worked on it in short little spurts. I really wanted an easy to wear summer dress, and with a few minor issues I think that’s what I got!
Issue #1 is the back. Even with the guard strap you can still see my bra! I do have an extender to lower my bra, which is probably what I will do. I didn’t see anyone else having this issue, so it may just be me. I thought the bodice was maybe an inch too long for my torso. I think it’s blousing a bit more than it’s meant to, but I like the look from the front, so I’ll just make the bra adjustment! I would not recommend leaving off the strap – you really need it to hold the shoulders up!
I cut a size 8 on top, and a 12 on the bottom. I would watch the ease on the skirt – if you are like me, you won’t want it too clingy, and it’s designed to be about the same width as the bust measurement. I did not hem the dress, and as yet I haven’t hemmed the armholes either. I may actually go in with binding on the armholes – this knit does not take to hemming well, I will probably leave the skirt unhemmed – I like the length where it is, and I don’t think a hem would add anything to the look of the dress. I occasionally leave a knit unhemmed – I find that even with stabilization, knit hems sometimes look off.
The rayon knit was lovely and soft, but I have to confess that I perfer ITY and poly knits – rayons are just too soft for my machine. This one wasn’t too bad – the last one I used kept skipping stitches, no matter what setting or needle I tried!
Other things to note – the instructions for the strap were odd. I wouldn’t clip to the triangle for the strap until you are ready to sew the shoulder seams – otherwise you may be off. You should also note that the waist has a 3/4″ seam allowance, and that the elastic casing is sewn through all layers, not just into the seam allowance. It should show both lines of stitching on the outside of the dress.
I’m seeing this style everywhere this year. I’m a fan – it’s cool and easy to wear, and it looks great on almost every figure! I did not make the self-belt, and as yet I don’t have an “optional purchased belt” that matches. I want a white belt, but I don’t have one. A dark color cuts me in half too much for this dress, so I’ll have to look out for a white one – nothing too heavy looking. I highly recommend the pattern to anyone who is looking for an easy summer project (or looking to start out in knits!)