I’ve gotten myself back into a work-work-work rut. So in an effort to drag myself back to ‘me’, I’ve committed to sewing – or doing something sewing related – for at least 10 minutes a day. This is the first outcome of that little promise to myself.
It’s strange how some patterns seem to fall out of the sky and I think this one is ‘meant to be’. With a huge thank you to Kat of Seamstress Fabrics whose internet sleuthing uncovered some copies of this rare pattern creature. The pattern back describes it as a “turn-about wrap-sundress”.
I sewed this up quickly with a fine stripe cotton I’ve had maturing in the fabric stash for years. I wasn’t sure it would work or fit… turns out that I think I’ve met a new best friend in this pattern.
I’ve sewn this in a woven – and I think you need to be careful not to choose a fabric with too much body as it does need a little bit of softness or drape as the lower bodice and skirt are gathered and then sewn together. The bodice has a soft blousing effect at the waistline.
The skirt pattern pieces had been shortened by two inches – and I sewed it up with this alteration as I’m 5 foot 4 and I decided it was probably going to work.
I took up the straps 2 inches(!) to fix the very low armholes and bodice gaping.
I suspect the skirt has pocket extensions (based on the instructions) and these have been trimmed off the original pattern. I just inserted side pockets in the usual way. Seems to have worked.
There isn’t much to say about this except it’s really sweet and I love wearing it.
And I think I need more…
That, my friends, is all.
Pattern: McCalls 6587, printed 1979
Fabric: Fine blue/white striped cotton, with a slight crinkle. I think I paid $3 a metre several years ago at Spotlight. It was an unlabelled fabric on a bargain table!
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It’s very cute! I love the crossover side.
Very cute and versatile. Yes, you probably need another one! I am so glad to see you back, and do keep your promises to yourself, Lizzy. They are so important!
They are indeed. The first person we often let down is ourselves. When really we should be a bit kinder to ourselves.
this is perfect – so you! lovely dress and you’ve brought that pattern envelope to life. so pretty.
Thanks Beth! It was a pleasant surprise when it fitted quite well and the fabric worked.
Just perfect! x
Looks super comfortable and easy to wear! The best kind of summer dress.
Our summer has been one of the hottest on record – the less fuss the better!
This dress is adorable on you! Had to comment, too cute for words!
Awwww thank you!
How blooming clever that a dress can be worn back to front and look gorgeous both ways! Cleverer still that you are fitting sewing into a work-work-work regime. I’m a gonna take leaves out of your book! x
I just do a little but when I can – and bigger chunks when I can. At least you are in the process and can pick up where you left off rather than starting at ground zero.
Just perfect!!! I would snap this pattern up if it was available!
I think a lot of people would. It’s a fun idea
Wow this is so much like the Vogue 7334 (probably from the same year!) I’ve been smashing out multiples of this summer too! Its SUPER similar except its not a back/front pattern and the back is quite a bit lower. I modified the waist away from gathered elastic to only have ties which I adjust as needed. Its so breezy and easy to wear and goes well with all the bralettes I’ve been buying up like a fiend lately.
I’ve got that Vogue pattern as well and planning to sew it up this weekend!
Absolutely love this Lizzy! I hope you can get back to a more manageable work schedule soon – that beach looks too good to be stuck indoors all day x
I’m working on the workload issue. I generally just work like a crazy person so I can get clear to have a day off. Then I’m too tired to enjoy it – but hopefully life will improve soon!
Great pattern! Great choice of fabric. You did a great job sewing and modeling as usual! Too bad the pattern is out of print.
Thank you, it is a shame the pattern isn’t available as I think it would be popular.
I love this, it looks fresh, cool and summery. I’m a sucker for wrap tops and dresses.
They really are the nicest things to wear, relaxed and easy.
A lovely dress – I can see how it’s become an instant favourite!
I wasn’t terribly confident sewing it – but it turned out so much better than I imagined.
My mother made this pattern for me while I was in college. I loved that dress. It was made in a dark navy, white dot cotton. I felt really fashionable when wearing it. I was so happy to see it again. Wish I had the figure for it again. Sigh!
That’s a lovely story!