Alright, who here has not had a moment when they looked at a ModCloth dress and completely fell in love with it? Or several moments like that. Raise your hand. Yup, that’s what I thought. So I fell in love with the cabana cocktail dress but didn’t keep a close eye on it and didn’t notice when it went on sale, so I missed my chance. Forever. This dress is gone and done. Sold out, unavailable, won’t come back. Maybe. But here’s the beauty of sewing, I can go and try to make myself a dress just like it! I couldn’t find the exact fabric (boo) but I found a fabric similar enough. It’s quilting cotton, and that is okay because it’s really easy to sew with, and it has some body, so it felt like a good one to use for this dress. And instead of buying a similar pattern, I just used what I had in my pile that was close enough. Now that I’m comparing both I can see they are not even close alike (Cabana dress is so much brighter! and the skirt does drape more than the cotton will allow me…) so I’m thinking if I just shouldn’t try to replicate this print on Spoonflower and buy a different pattern… In all honesty, I probably won’t. But I’ll be dreaming about it. Still. That’s not to say I don’t like my new dress! I think I’m calling it the Farmer’s Market dress. Sounded like a dress straight out of ModCloth.
I used McCall Pattern #6883. It was fairly easy to put together. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of and might change when redoing this pattern was the collar. I think it was a little to high, and looked a bit matronly. If I was doing this dress again, I think I’d just cut one set of collar pieces instead of two, and folded in half, so the collar would be much tighter, if that makes sense. I like the wider boatneck I had before I inserted the collar.
The other thing that can be done better on this dress if I am to make it again, is the fit on the back. I have this problem once in a while, not in all patterns, actually it’s just once in a while, but whatever it is about my back, some patterns have more fabric there than I need. You can see I added some extra darts on the back of this so the key-hole doesn’t gape too much, and it seemed to work alright. I’ll remember to just eliminate this on the dress when I make it again, and save myself the extra dart.
Overall I am happy with this dress! It’s not the favorite one I’ve ever done, but I feel I’ve been consistent with the quality of my garments lately, and I can see the progress I’ve made and tackling more complicated pieces. I have not worn this one out yet, just for the pictures, and I’m looking forward to out this to some good use. On other news, I have some of this fabric left. Maybe I can make a table runner with the left overs? Then when I have guests over, I’ll just wear this dress and match my table runner.
Yeah, probably not. Have a great day and thanks for reading!