This year I wanted to make a garment fit for a grand Thanksgiving feast. That garment was made using an orange brushed fabric that I had in my stash. Luckily for me I had 6 yards at my disposal. Had I been better at planning I would have used this orange fabric for Halloween and instead used the 6 yards of matching green fabric that I had.
But I will have to save the green fabric for another occasion.
With this fabric I chose McCalls M7974 view B, a misses button-front dress with a front midriff, back yoke, and gathering along the bodice, skirt, and sleeves with sleeve variations.
The dress is unlined but has enclosed seams along the waistband and yoke, and of course, it has pockets!
The fabric feels like a suede with its brushed texture, so the gathering really brings out the shine of the fabric. Not to mention, it is lightweight and has great drape, perfect for this dress. I chose to use the sleeves from 'B' because of the length and volume. I had a lot of fabric to use and didn't mind using it all.
The biggest life-saver was using my gathering foot to gather the fabric of the skirt, bodice, back yoke, and sleeves. With lots of fabric comes lots of tedious sewing. The buttons I used were from my stash as well and featured a great gold/black tortoise design that brought a pop of color and fun.
I love the way it turned out. Although it is a little too low for my taste, I was able to wear a nude camisole under the dress to add a little modesty and coverage for the chilly weather.
Scroll down to see how the dress turned out and let me know what you think I should make using the matching green fabric: