Fitting ease in the dress
Before I begin, let me address a question. Vicki asked if this was the perfect knit dress why the ease issue? I responded to her in the comments, but it's a great question so I'll respond here also. I think this was designed to be a looser fitting knit dress. I say that based on the intro paragraph on the instruction sheets. Pati Palmer begins by writing about how her thin daughter can wear body-hugging knits, but she cannot. At the end of that paragraph Pati Palmer says "And, if you follow our fit instructions, you will make the dress loose enough to also help you in the camouflage department!"
Again, I think ease is a personal preference. Some might sew this dress in their "normal" size and be pleased while others, like myself, might decide they want it just a tiny bit tighter.
McCall's 5974 View D
Yesterday I wrote about McCall's 5974 View B, the dress with the scoop neck, midriff band and no tie. As promised, here are my thoughts on View D, the dress with the fabulous tie.
I did the same alterations for View D as I did for View B. A small (3/8") FBA, a forward shoulder adjustment, a sway back adjustment and a small (less than 1/4") round back adjustment. I also needed to shorten the long sleeves by two inches but that's pretty typical of everything I sew.
A wonderful knit that my blog friend Gaylen picked up for me. How long ago was it anyway? I don't remember. She, of course, sewed hers up right away while I tucked mine away and promptly forgot about it. Until I saw this pattern in the new McCall's pattern catalog that is. This knit was made for this pattern - the right weight, the right drape, and the right print.
Sewing the dress
The construction is almost identical to View B, so if you want the details and tips, check out yesterday's post under "Sewing the dress".
What's different about this view, is that this dress features a faux wrap front and ties. The center edges of the bodice are matched, right over left, and basted together before sewing to the band.
To finish the neckline I serged clear elastic to the inside of the neck edge, turned the edge to the inside, and stitched in place.
The tie is sewn into the side seam. The tie is long, measuring about 44" or so from each side seam. It's about 10" wide where it joins the side seams and tapers down to a couple inches near the end.
Here you can see the tie attached to the side seams before it is tied.
The ties cross in front, as shown here, cross again in back, ending up being tied in a knot in the front.
The design of the neckline, combined with the clear elastic finish, make the vee stay where it belongs no matter how I move around.