This is McCall's 6503, a dress that almost broke me. I could not stand the bagginess of the bust and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it. It doesn't look that baggy on the model or the line drawings. However, I've seen quite a few versions pop up around the interwebs (feel free to google "McCall's 6503" for yourself) and all have the same issue. Not that they weren't cute, just a wee bit baggy in the bust.
|Looks can be deceiving. For real.|
I tried to reconcile the bagginess; ignore it and make the dress anyway. Nope. Couldn't do it. I tried a couple of suggestions: extend the gathering or make pleats in the shoulder. Neither really worked. Then one day, I looked at my pattern piece and folded it along gathering line/area (is that what's it called?).
|Why didn't I think of this before?!|
Genius. Simple. I could kick myself for not thinking of it sooner. It worked! I loved not having to do some kind of serious bust adjustment to make the damn thing fit. I also had to shorten the waist (the long horizontal fold) as I'm short-waisted.
Everything else about the pattern was simple and relatively easy. I made View B but with the gathered skirt. For the fabric, I used Lecien cotton lawn purchased here. The dress is underlined in light blue cotton/poly batiste. Instead of the regular zipper, I used an invisible one. I really like invisible zippers. They are easier to install and aren't nearly as headache-inducing thanks to the purchase of the metal invisible zipper foot for my sewing machine.
If I hadn't spent the evening finishing the hem on my McCall's 5801 shirt dress, I would have finished this dress. The McCall's 5801 dress was another dress I almost finished two months ago except for the hem. A post on that dress will pop up later this week.
My Colette Crepe is lying in a crumpled heap, silently praying for the day when I pay attention to it once more. I have more than the hem to finish (under-stitching, tacking down facings, etc) and I probably won't get to it this month. Poor dress. It's so cute and polka-dotty. Quite a shame that laziness has once more gotten the best of me.