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Cowl Collar Dress

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I am moving from cool weather sewing to spring projects with this sleeveless, apple green, cotton pique, cowl neck dress. The dress was made from McCall's #5746. 

I bought the dress pattern a few years ago. I picked this one up spur of the moment, because I thought the darts fanning from the waist were interesting. I was disappointed when I got home and realized the pattern was for knits (although you would have thought the cowl neck would have clued me in). And so the pattern sat unused in the sewing room until now. 

I wanted to sew a spring dress, and I wanted something that I could wear with my white jacket from last summer. Looking in the stash, I came across this piece of apple green 100% cotton pique, purchased from a few years ago. I knew McCall's #5746 would be perfect.

I preshrunk the cotton pique in warm water and dried it in the regular cycle. Besides fitting alterations, I also added about five inches to the length of the skirt. I used my machine's smallest zigzag stitch on all of the seams. Once all of the darts were marked and sewn, the rest of the dress went together really fast. I was careful to line up all the darts at the waist.

I ended up with too much width in the hips, so I used my DIY dressform to help me pin out the excess. Then, I took out the stitches and marked with my chalk where the pins were. I then sewed over the mark.

The pattern directions only have the bodice lined, which I did with a small piece of green and white challis. However, I would have lined the whole dress if I had more of the challis. 

I would like to use this pattern again, maybe with sleeves for cooler weather. I could see this dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a rolled cuff.

You would think such a big cowl collar would be best on it's own, but I like how the white beads break up some of the green.

I also put in a kick pleat instead of a walking vent. I finished the bottom edge with a zigzag stitch, then sewed a 1 1/4 inch hem by hand.

I pulled the white jacket out from storage, so I could try it on with the dress. Once this is all pressed well, it should look really good. What else can I wear with this dress?

Categories: Dresses, Sewing Knits

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