I have yet another thing to show you from what I finished a month ago on spring break (yea, I took advantage of the extra time to sew). This time it is another dress, McCall's 6201, to be exact.
I made mine out of some suiting fabric that I picked up at Hancock Fabrics. The dress is meant to be fully lined, but I didn't do it, I just wanted to try the pattern out quickly to see if I liked it. Since I did not line the dress, I used self-made bias tape to finish the neck and bottom half of the arm holes. The good news is that I like the dress as a whole.
I made the dress in a size 10, my normal, even though my measurements suggest that I make a 12. I did have to take the dress in on the side seams from the hips down.
The other problem that I noticed is that the bust darts are just a tad high... not so much that I felt like I needed to unpick and resew, but enough to make me want to change them for next time.
I tried out the sleeves from view A, but they did not work for me... too pointy. I ended up removing the original ones and replacing the sleeves with some cute cap sleeves from Butterick 5317. I need to have this dress for teaching, otherwise I would have left off sleeves completely. I don't like having to wear a jacket or cardigan over this dress all day, even if it gets warm, just because it is sleeveless. These cap sleeves will definitely be seeing many more sleeveless dress patterns.
I may raise the neckline by about 3/4 to 1 inch next time I make this, since I don't want to take a chance of it gaping with it being somewhat of a low scoop neck.
I added used an invisible zipper on this dress instead of the regular zipper that they suggested.
Here is a close up of the bodice:
The dress was very quick and easy to sew. The most annoying thing about making it was marking the 6 darts (two vertical ones on the front, two vertical ones on the back, and the two horizontal bust darts).
Overall, it is a great dress and is very versatile. I have already worn it for a performance, last Saturday with a bright blue cardigan. I am also thinking of wearing it with a bright belt (red or hot pink) with it, as well.