Monday, April 27, 2020

Sasha Girl, McCall's 8036

Ah Sasha girl.......

Being a wrap dress was right up my alley, although it has a button down option, I choose to make view A's bodice with view B's skirt:

View A s bodice w/ view B skirt

The fabric I choose was a Scuba Ponte Knit fabric I found on eBay. The fabric has a smooth feel like neoprene with the comfort of classic Ponte Knit:

Scuba Ponte Knit

I did enjoy working with the fabric, it sews easily with few hiccups.  The one thing that I will say,  if you are not careful you can cause "nicks" in the fabric. Make sure to be careful with your seam ripper and pin placement.

The dress is very comfortable to wear and I think it will be a nice three season dress:

Why am I holding my stomach?

Pattern Size;  I used a size 20 with a FBA, broad back, and waist adjustments.

Did it look like the photo?: Yes I think it looks like the photo, but then again each person is unique :-)

Were the directions easy to follow?: Very much so, I think a beginner will be able to make the pattern if they take their time.  Make sure to look closely at the illustrations and you should be fine.

Likes and dislikes: No dislikes, what can you find wrong with a wrap dress? LOL

My personal note: If you notice on each of the pictures, my back collar on my dress seems to come up from my body.  Since losing around 50 lbs, I have had a difficult time finding a good way to adjust my patterns.

I have researched several methods, however I believe that it is not the methods I have tried. I think it is not being sure "what" adjustments I need make with the weight change. Regardless, I will continue in my sewing journey and will keep you up to date with my progress,

Will I sew it again?: Of course, its a wrap dress! ;-)

Until next time, take life one stitch at a time. Oh and if you have any adjustment suggestions, leave them in the comments below,

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  1. Sometimes I have the same collar issue on bodices. I think it could be the result of one of three things: (1) the bodice being too long in the upper back; (2) not enough width in the hip area; or (3) need for swayback adjustment. The last two could force fabric to ride up above the waist and create pooling at the neck.

    I recently made a shirt that has the exact same problem. In this case, it's a combination of (1) and (3).

    I'm not at all a fit expert; this is an observation I've had based on sewing bodices for myself. Hopefully someone else will comment.

    I love that you paired the bodice of A with the skirt of B. Very nice!

    1. TThanks so much, I will look into your first suggestion concerning the bodice back being too long 👍.

  2. Keep up the good work pursuing your dressmaking passion. Its not easy to just and sew you gotta enjoy some aspect of it, so kudos to you for 10+yrs and congrats on your 50lbs weight loss. For fit maybe consult Sandra Betzina book. Here article that may help

    Thanks for bringing handmade happiness into the world. God bless!

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