Summer’s coming, earlier here in south Florida than in places north. Time to build that comfortable summertime wardrobe of things to wear every day!
OK, my daily life is quiet – at 70+ and retired, I
climb leap out of bed and into something that is pretty, but also nice to wear all day. My favorite fabrics for that lifestyle are challis wovens and jersey knits, in a midi- or maxi-length. If it’s chilly, I get into leggings and a top. If not, into a nice dress. Admission: I cannot stand to feel the backs of my legs on the sofa! Makes me nuts…
I bought a bunch of ITY knit fabric earlier this year with summer sewing in mind. This particular print was a disappointment, because I thought the print was smaller. But it worked really well for my ‘muslin’ of my 2018 summer dress.
I just had to get the pattern in the right place. Which took about 3 yds of the fabric. Without the print matching, this dress would have worked easily in 2 yds.
So, my starting point, a great knit dress, McCalls 6559 (and I love the cardigan, I have it in black and pink).
I’ve sewn it a couple times before, but this time I was going for a little upper arm coverage. So I modified the outside shoulder using Butterick 6215.
My pattern draft:
Wonderful! After I took these pics for the blog, I just stayed in it. That’s a true test…
I have 3 more pieces of ITY, and I was thinking of other changes. But this is a winner, I think I’ll just stay with it and keep sewing 🙂
Happy sewing! Coco