So this is my second version of McCall’s 6754. I’ve made some changes to the pattern to make it more user friendly. While I loved all the interesting seams, I did feel like the design was specific to using with a striped knit, as you can see in the pattern photo below. All those seams are great for showing off a striped fabric. But not necessary for a floral or solid.
I made View C with shortened sleeves. I had to make some changes to fit this dress into the scant yard and a half of this pretty cotton lycra knit I bought off a street vendor in downtown LA. I don’t usually spot anything worthwhile in the synthetic sea of bolts displayed on the sidewalks of 9th street, or in the dollar a yard storefronts, but occasionally I get lucky and this was one of those times. The thrill of the hunt! I just wish I had bought more, since my girls love this, and want their own versions. This time Mom gets to have some fun.
What possessed me to buy only a yard and a half, I don’t remember. It reminded me of the Betsy Johnson dresses I was obsessed with as a teen in the eighties. I loooved anything by Betsey Johnson and used to scour her old shop down on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, as there was a little basket in the back with things that were marked down to ten dollars. Flash forward thirty years and Betsy Johnson dresses are still being made, and I do still love them.
Changes I made:
The pattern instructions say to cut the top parts on the bias. Which makes sense if using stripes to give that cool effect. I didn’t see any reason to cut my bodice pieces on the bias, my fabric is already stretchy, so I cut them on the straight grain and removed the center front and back seams. I cut the seam allowances off the front and cut the center pieces on the fold instead, saving fabric in the meanwhile. I couldn’t fit the last piece onto my fabric, the center back, so I did have to cut it with a seam in order to fit it in.
I removed the center back seam from the skirt, too. No reason at all for that.
I shortened the sleeves to cap length.
I made a 1 inch FBA at the princess seams.
I cut a size small but it was still a bit too roomy, so I shaved about another inch off overall.
This is a super easy dress to whip up once you get your fit right.
I made it on Sunday morning and it was ready to wear to church at 11.
Now that’s what I call fast fashion!
The FBA on the princess seams gives me the fit I was looking for. Not too tight, but still fitted. The hems on this version are turned under and coverstitched.I finally have the perfect thing to wear with these thrifted Seychelles T straps.
Also, my necklace is actual Betsey Johnson, and it also matches perfectly !