Sewing loft journey – in tropical waters

It’s just me and the fish!

Here’s a little summer project – dresses that take me on a journey, starting here in Florida waters! I’m using my favorite knit maxi pattern, McCalls 6559, as my canvas.

Sewing notes:

  • My draft is size 10. I’ve sewn this version so many times that I can pretty much cut and sew, which can be really relaxing.
  • The front neckline is raised a bit so that it fits more nicely on my chest.
  • The change I love most is to the armhole, which I extended to provide a little coverage and softness over the shoulder and upper arm.
  • That little extension at the bottom of the armhole facilitates a beautiful finish.
  • And I like to finish the neckline on simple knit dresses and tees with a self-fabric band. I attach it on the inside, then fold it over and finish on the outside to diminish irritation to my neck and shoulders. Picky!
  • This cute fabric is STOF France Barracuda Blue, midweight cotton/lycra jersey from

The ultimate in armchair travel. But in the past…

Where next? Ciao! Coco

8 thoughts on “Sewing loft journey – in tropical waters

  1. The perfect summer dress for keeping cool and looking great! Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorials – as always! The instruction for extending the shoulders is one I will try soon – as well as the neckline finishing! I wish I could save all your tutorials on Pinterest – they’re invaluable! Thank you once again for sharing your skills and expertise! Stay cool and happy sewing!

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  2. Beautiful garment and beautifully made, as always. 😊
    I’m inexperienced with knits. Do you use any stabilisers? I’m admiring how nearly you have turned the neck band under and stitched it from the front. 🤔

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    1. Thank you, Pat. On very stretchy knits, I add 1/4″ of twill tape or tricot knit fusible inside the shoulder seam. Other than that, no. Nothing beats practice…I’ve messed up my share of knit garments!

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