Week 2’s challenge included pattern hacking a basic pencil dress pattern into something more our own style. A pencil dress isn’t really my style at all. So I went for a few simple hacks that turned it into a really cute fit and flare dress for fall. The pattern, McCalls 6886, was sent to me from Julie from Fabric Mart Fabrics. The knit fabric was in my stash from Hobby Lobby. It turned out perfect for fall!
When we received the pattern, I already knew that style wouldn’t look good on me. A pencil dress doesn’t really flatter my hips. So I stuck with the sleeves and bodice portions and turned the rest into a fit and flare style. Part of the judging of the challenge included hacking it to our style.
You can see I cut off the main bodice pieces about an inch and half under the waistline. Then just used a giant square for the new skirt. If I were at home, I could have used a skirt from one of my favorite dresses, but this worked out even better. For the sleeves, I cut the length in between the short and long sleeve length, and then saved a rectangle of fabric to make the ruffles.
To make the ruffle, I first hemmed one of the long edges with my double needle. Then using a regular single stitch, with a long stitch length, I did a straight stitch across the opposite long edge. Then adjusted the gather voila, a ruffle!
Not only was this the first time I pattern hacked it was one of the first times I sewed with knit. I tried out a double needle and it was surprisingly easy to do. All you do is use two spools of thread in a regular machine. It was so simple! I am planning to use one again in the next challenge. It would have been easier and cleaner to use my serger for the inside seams but I am out of town and had to leave it behind.
I didn’t win this weeks competition, but I didn’t get eliminated either. Make sure you hop over here and see all the amazing creations my competitors are working on. They really are fabulous seamstresses!