Hooray! I've finished the shirt dress McCall's M4769! I'm so happy with how it turned out! It wasn't all sunshine and roses, however. All was going well until I reached the collar! At that point, I nearly threw in the towel! Honestly, I could not figure it out. I searched and searched until I found a tutorial for this exact sewing pattern...specifically the lapel collar, at Pleasant View Schoolhouse blog. I could NOT have finished the collar without this post!
The picture isn't great, but I'm having major issues with my camera/memory card/computer. I'm not sure which is the actual problem. I took the above photo with my iPad. Later, I took photos using my "real" camera when my daughter was actually wearing the dress. When I tried downloading the photos from the memory card, it wouldn't work. Now, the dress and my daughter are gone (back to her house) and I have no way to get those photos again until she visits again and wears the dress! Trust me, it does look good! I would recommend this pattern, however the collar is a bit of a bugger. If you've sewn a notched lapel collar, however, you shouldn't have a problem with this one. There are darts in the front of the bodice as well as the back, which makes the dress a lot more fitted than it appears in this picture. There are pockets in the skirt and the sleeve bands are a bit flared. When I make this pattern again, I will use contrasting fabric for the sleeve bands and maybe the skirt or the bodice since they are separate pieces that are sewn together!
I've also finished my latest quilt top. I used Little Black Dress. I bought a jelly roll and used strips from it as well as strips I cut from plain black fabric yardage. Again, this picture was taken with my iPad. I will post more once I sort out my computer problem.
I based this pattern after I saw a similar quilt in a Keepsake Quilting catalog. I think it turned out great! Now, I just need to figure out the fabric for the back, the binding, and then get quilting it! Shh, this one is for my oldest daughter's upcoming birthday. Hope she likes it!