Win a Summer Dress/Romper Pattern by Melissa Watsoncomments (44) August 2nd, 2011
Sundresses and rompers are perfect for warm summer days, and there's still time to sew your own with Melissa Watson's new dress pattern for Palmer/Pletsch.
McCall's M6331 has three views: two dresses and a romper. The fitted bodice has two variations. Thanks to Melissa's A/B, C, D bra cup fitting system with separate pattern pieces for the different sizes, it's easy to achieve a great fit.
The pattern is available in sizes AX5 (4-12) and DD (12-18), the dress has a pleated skirt with a scalloped hem and is perfect for lightweight fabrics. The romper pairs adorable shorts with the fitted top for a fresh summer look with a retro touch.
We asked Melissa for some notes and tips on her new pattern and she was happy to help!
"The inspiration for this package was a retro look. I love the bustier bodice with the gingham print. The fabric was really easy to work with, especially when sewing all of the curves on the bra cups," Melissa told us. "I initially had built-in bra cups between the lining and the fabric, but I found them uncomfortable and took them out."
A tip: Do not get frustrated if the bodice is not laying correctly! Once you have the zipper in and the neck strap, try it on, and it will all fall into place.
Style ideas: Cut the gingham skirt on the bias for an optical effect. Make just the skirt with elastic at the top for an easy, fast summer separate. Put boning in the seams if you'd like to wear this strapless.
"Another idea for this look that would be very cute is a sailor theme," Melissa said. "You could make the bodice blue with white lining, so that the contrasting lining pokes out of the folded neckline."
Leave a comment on this post before the deadline—11:59 p.m., August 15th, 2011—and you could be one of the two lucky winners to receive a copy of M6331. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on August 16th.
Patterns courtesy of The McCall Pattern Co. (Copyright 2011).
If you can't wait for cooler weather, get ready for fall with Melissa's new skinny jean pattern for McCall's!
Melissa was featured in "Designer Insider" in the Summer 2011 issue of SewStylish - on newsstands now!