Tuesday, May 21, 2013

#DIY Front Slit Maxi Dress + Pattern Review McCalls 6744 View C


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Hi Darlings!

I hope you all are having a good day, I went to bed last night with a heavy heart thinking of the folks in Oklahoma; mother nature is a beast and it is so hard to watch the news and feel so helpless. I pray they recover quickly and start to heal from this terrible ordeal.
I spent part of last weekend in my sewing room sitting in the middle of the room looking at all my pattern books and enormous stacks of fabric and just could not decide on anything to sew. Having so many options sometimes can be a bad thing because I spend hours trying to decide what I want to spend my precious few hours on and eventually just get frustrated at myself and sew nothing, lol
You see, if I know that I don't have enough time to finish what I really want to make in one sitting (next on list is a white suit) then I don't want to start it and have to finish over a few days and since last weekend I only had 2-3hrs of sewing time allotted I needed quick and easy! When this happens I pull out the easiest pattern near me that requires no mental workout to sew; I refer to this project as "mindless sewing" this way I get to sew something and get instant satisfaction with little to no brain power, lol.
Well I thought I was being smart and all by picking an easy pattern but then I complicated it a tiny bit by picking this border print knit that I then had to cut a certain kinda way to get a good "look" with the stripes and floral pattern, it worked great and actually was a lot easier then I though it would be because one side is just striped so I cut one side just with just the stripes and then the wrap front part I cut in the floral and then placed the back pattern piece so that the florals looked like they were coming out of my side.


Pattern: McCall 6744 View C & Fabric: Border Print Knit ONLY $3.00 a yard! HERE 

The pattern is really easy to cut and sew and it is a great summer dress and beach cover up if made in a sheer fabric. I had fun sewing it and will probably make it again soon in a solid color and since it sews up quickly I might make the other views too for some quick, easy and cute dresses for my weekend errand runs.

elastic at the shoulders incased with the seam allowance, fast and easy ;-)






88 comments:

  1. love your style! you should have checked your writing prior to publishing...you have the wrong words! I'm sure it's the phone or tab though!

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    1. ugh!!! I hate this stupid auto correct, thanks! I just made some quick fixes ^_^

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  2. Beautiful. I looked at the pattern and would have overlooked it if I hadn't seen your fit. I love the border effect a lot too.

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  3. Lordy mercy! $3 a yard. Tempting. Stripes and florals work well together, but I'm not confident my skills could produce this hot frock. My dress would be a buttery mess...BUT I would rock it anyway!!! ;)

    Beautiful darlin!

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    1. It was really easy, the pattern actually works in your favor once you cut the main skirt pieces.

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  4. I cant take you lol! FAB I cant wait to learn to sew Hoping you start another beginner sewing class series soon Missed the last one

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    1. LOL Thanks doll and girly I don't know I am swamped. The videos are still on the blog under "free sewing class" you can follow anytime.

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  5. I love it!! I want a pant suit clothing line so iw oils love to see a tutorial of your work. I'm so inspired by what you do love!

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  6. This pattern caught my eye the other day. Will definitely buy it now. I love your choice of fabric btw!

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  7. What a cute dress! And that fabric is as great as the price!

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  8. Love...Love...LOVE!!! I've already ordered my fabric!! You are the best MiMi

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  9. Absolutely stunning!


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  10. Is there a code for May for LowPriceFabric.com?? Also are there any other fabric websites you highly recommend

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    1. its always at the top of the blog right above the post and yes, ill be posting my picks in the next day or so.

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  11. Love, Love, Love! Definitely going to do it! How much fabric did you use?

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  12. You did an amazing job and look remarkable in this dress. I haven't sewn in years but after seeing your stuff has really inspired me to get back to it. For that I say Thank you & you are MARVELOUS!!!! Keep up the good work, i'll be looking for the next master piece. Good choice of fabric too!!! Oh and thank you for listing where and how to get it. {thumbs up}
    MisUnderstood

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  13. mochamompowernetworkMay 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Thanks lady, I'm pulling out the sewing machine right now all because of you I'm feeling like being a little sexy this summer! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. Really nice! So the White suit that is next...... will you possibly do it as a paid tutioral????

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  15. This is the bomb. I just got a txt about this dress. If you were to sell it how much would you sell it for? Inquiring in case I make it and like and want to sell one myself!!! About to order my pattern and check out some fabric now! I llok forward to your post each and everyday! You are the best! :)

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  16. This dress is hot!! Okay you really have me ready to dust off my sewing machine and finally learn. Can you tell me how many yards I would need to order for a size 8-Med??

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    1. you need to read the back of the envelope doll, it will tell you exactly what you need.

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  17. Mimi, you are the Bomb.com. You have really inspired me to learn to sew. Yesterday, my sewing machine arrived and I can't wait to start sewing from your tutorials.

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  18. Thanks for the review ~ love your dress. I'm glad I already have this pattern - now I have to see which fabric to use for it :)

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  19. So excited to see this made up!

    I just purchased this pattern the other day with intentions of getting to it soon ~~~two more skirts in the project box to finish and I am free, yay! I have been forcing myself to finish things I started years ago while re-tuning my old skillset before I can make anything new. I think this dress will end up being one of my summer go-to's.

    Thanks for all you share, Mimi :) You are the queen of style AND motivation!

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  20. This is soooo nice I want this dress lol :) excellent job !!

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  21. I love this dress and the fabric. I would love some leggings in this fabric too! lol!

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  22. Do I really only need three yards of this fabric? I've bought the pattern, I can see how easy it is with another batch of fabric before I try to match those florals and stripes.

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  23. Dang, sold out. Oh well, I'm sure I can find other cute fabric.

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  24. Mimi, I love this dress. The print is GORG!

    I came across a pattern yesterday in Threads Mag and immediately thought of you. You may already know of it, have it, or have sewn it. It's Marfy F2504, Shirt Dress/Blouse. If you haven't already sewn it and you do like it, I would love to see a Mimi G. post of this dress.

    Thank you in advance,

    - Dionne Guy (I sometimes comment as 'Dee')

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  25. With every garment you sew, you inspire me. It's to the point that I want to pack up my machines and all the necessities, say bye bye to the hubbie & kids, rent a room for the weekend and sew!!!! This is simply gorgeous!! I love how you used this fabric. It's just fabulous.

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  26. great dress! i had been contemplating using a border print like this for a maxi dress. i thought i may be a little crazy, but yours definitely looks awesome! back on my "to make" list... :)

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  27. OMG, the fabric is SOLD OUT!

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    1. That is how it happens, I post it's gone, you gotta move fast, lol

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  28. I think I will add this pattern to my ever growing collection. I love everthing about this and it looks SUPER comfy!!! The mix of prints in this fabric is perfect. You are rocking it as always dear. Love it!!!!!

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  29. Did you have to use more fabric than the pattern called for to match the pattern? If so how much?

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    1. I did not. The fabric is wide so it worked out fine.

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  30. Just had this pattern out for my daughter and she said she just saw your, and LOVED how it looked on:D

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  31. You always use just the right fabric.....beautiful dress.

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  32. Love this dress! The stripes and florals together are pretty.

    Mo
    Who is that girl Mo?

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  33. Super cute fabric selection that really elevated this simple pattern. Great job as usual.

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  34. You and your dress are gorgeous! I bought this fabric a month ago and used the discount code on your beloved site! Thank you so much for posting this inspirational dress so I know what I can do with my fabric!

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  35. Do you sell your items would love to buy this dress can't seem to find a dress anywhere love the front slit. Please tell me you're selling this.

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  36. Hi Mimi! I love this dress! I've missed checking your blog regularly...your style is so inspiring! I was looking at some older posts and think I came up with the last two outfits for my upcoming trip out of town! :)

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  37. Mimi can I just say that I love Low Price Fabric. I just received my knits: black and cream stripe (same type that you made the McCall top and pencil skirt) and a chevron pattern. Heather also emailed me to let me know that the other fabric that I ordered is on back order. I'm all the way on the East Coast but will continue to make purchases from them.

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  38. Mimi, I'm 5'11" and can not find dress that is long enough or reasonably price for a tall women. I have a urge to sew my own dresses to get length I want them to be as well to customize a tailor fit for myself. I love A-line dresses because I'm tall & straight, I could mix & match dress pattern tops & bottoms to create different styles.

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    1. Hey lady, I feel your pain! I am 6'0 tall & have the same issue! I am starting with this dress! #TallPower

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    2. Mimi, I've been following you for a year. THIS dress is what has made me start sewing.

      I bought 3 patterns today. Quick Question, how many yards do I need to make this dress for a 6'0 tall size 18/20 woman?

      THANK YOU LUV

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    3. I had the same problem years ago...I'm only 5'7", but am all legs and could never find pants to fit the length I needed...Teaching myself to sew was the answer. Starting with dresses and skirts, especially the patterns marked "easy" or "quick 1 hour" is what helped me in the beginning. McCalls and Simplicity patterns semmed to be really good for beginners. I would avoid Vogue patterns at first, even their simple patterns can be a bit overwhelming when just starting out.

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  39. Love this, Mimi, the fabric is gorgeous and your use of the border print is stunning. Amazing job as always.

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  40. My, my, I love the dress but more so the design on the fabric - just perfect. Love your work!

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  41. You look great in this dress. Can this be made without the slit and not compromise the look...I got a little bit more leg than you. Lol

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    1. its not a slit, its a wrap and if you look at the pics when I am standing without showing the opening you cant even tell.

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  42. I agree with Diedre..I would have definitely overlooked this pattern until I saw your version. This dress is FIYA!!! Great job!

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  43. Would u be able to make and ship this dress to canada . I' m 6ft and size 9-10. Please let me know if it's possible. Thanks

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  44. Love the dress! My partner just bought me my first sewing machine. I am very scared and kind of intimidated to start the process. You give me motivation every day when I receive your emails. Thank you!!!!

    PS... I will let you know how my first time goes

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  45. Hey y'all the fabric is back in stock. Just got mine, y'all better hurry up! Mimi G., you're like the world's worst drug dealer. Got me buying fabric like I've lost my mind!

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  46. Thanks, you have truly inspired me! I am starting this this weekend.

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  47. Wow...(insert a whole string of adjectives!!!)...awesome dress!

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  48. This dress is everything. Very cute

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  49. Wow, what a cute dress. I always see patterns and never pick them up because of how they look on the package. But once I see you sew them, I'm like aw I should've picked it up. I'm still working on envisioning the pieces on myself.

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  50. Hey Mimi! you are sooo fab! I just went to Hancock fabrics and purchased this pattern for $1.07 now I need the fabric and a machine! LOL what type of fabric did you use?

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  51. love that dress , how can I get it or the fabric? Please email me Victoriavincent34@yahoo.com

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  52. Hi. I was looking for this fabric. On the link you put on this page but it said product not found.

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  53. Gorgeous dress on you , still can't find that material, I searched all around.

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  54. Your version was so gorgeous that I bought the pattern soon after your post. I've just gotten around to making it up and you're right - it's a fast make and it came out great! I'm sure I'll be making the other views soon!

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  55. What type of fabric did you use because the link you posted doesn't display fabric. I wanna try this but with a solid color first. But u want thw same fabric feel you have. I love how it flows. Thank you

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  56. Hi Mimi,
    Who is the manufacturer of this fabric? Its gorgeous. I made the dress using a different pattern and it came out great! I'm looking forward to making it again. Thank you in advance for your response.

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mimi g.