Minerva Crafts Blogger Network: Mccalls 6752

I really enjoyed working on this month’s project for the Minerva Blogger Network.The weather has well and truly turned over a new leaf so it is all wet and windy now in the UK. Waking up in the morning is becoming more and more difficult for me, and I am already dreaming of the days when darkness only comes calling at 10 pm. I have not really gone into cold weather sewing mode yet, but my project this month is meant to ease me (gently) into sewing with heavier fabric.
The fabric I used is a plum tweed jersey, which has a grainy texture to it, and has little specks of black. It is quite warm when worn, and it was a dream to sew.  I did not really know what to sew with it, but I knew it was going to be a dress.  So I went through my pattern stash, and pulled out McCalls 6752. If you have this pattern in your stash, get it out NOW and make it. It is so quick. This is probably the easiest thing I have made with a pattern. If you are new to sewing knits, I strongly recommend this pattern.
I made view B, but since I wanted a maxi dress, I lengthened the hem of the skirt. That was really easy to do as you can see from my little pictorial below. You’ll have to forgive my attempts at drawing. I am no Picasso.

 1 – Decide on how long you want your skirt to be, and add the extra inches to the existing skirt length, not forgetting to add extra centimetres for your hem allowance. 
2 – Draw a straight line perpendicular to the first line
3 – From the widest point of the skirt hip, draw a line down, connecting it to line 2.
And that folks, is all. I am sure there are more professional methods of doing this, but this is what I did, and it worked for me.
I wore the dress last weekend to go shopping with my older sister. As you can see from the picture above, I ventured out in my flip flops because though it was windy, it was not cold. A good thing I wore them though because when I got to Oxford Street, I bought a pair of brogues, and wore them immediately. My flip flops conveniently disappeared. 
Now for some tomfoolery

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21 Comments

  1. October 29, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    Oh I love how this dress looks on you, you did an excellent job!

  2. October 29, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    Love it! I have never seen a tweed knit fabric…..

  3. October 29, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    This is a really beautiful colour on you!

  4. October 29, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    Dibs! This is FANTASTIC! It's so romantic and makes such a statement! Seriously, well done!

  5. October 29, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    WoW, Dibs, this is a beautiful dress! It fits so nicely and love it with the jacket. I love maxi dresses and I have this pattern. Oh, oh I believe this dress is up next, thanks for the inspiration and for allowing me to cop, lol! I love this look on you! Bravo.

  6. October 29, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    so elegant – the longer length looks so good on you!

  7. October 29, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    I love these pictures of you, you look great in that dress, it really suits you

  8. October 29, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    Fantastic! I love it. Thanks for explaining how you maximized the dress. Very stylish.

  9. October 29, 2013 / 9:43 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! You really suit maxi dresses, and I'm still loving your belt.

  10. October 30, 2013 / 11:34 am

    I love your dress, it's really great on you !

    This is a great idea to maximize the dress, this year, I'm maxi-dresses fan.

    This pattern is a must buy and a must do !

  11. October 30, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    This dress is precious. And that navy jacket totally changes the look. Just love it. Beautiful job!

  12. October 30, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Gorgeous! I love your belt too!

  13. November 1, 2013 / 2:16 am

    This is beautiful, love the maxi length!!
    Really enjoying your blog 🙂

  14. November 2, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Looks dramatic! Is there a kit for this one? Or a link to the fabric? Thanks.

  15. November 3, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    This is wonderful- textural, stylish. Lovely.

  16. November 3, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    McCalls want to be putting you on the pattern cover!!! So much nicer than the ones on their website! Is your fabric from Minerva? x

  17. November 6, 2013 / 5:54 am

    Great dress! I love the winter/autumn looking fabric and the lovely draped neckline.

  18. December 2, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    Wow, you look amazing in that dress. Must buy that pattern!

  19. January 14, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    I LOVE this dress! It looks so cosy, stylish, glam and comfy to wear. The dipped neckline is nice but the skirt part is utterly gorgeous!
    I want one of those!

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