The Made Up Initiative – M6696 completed!

Hello everyone!   As you may recall I pledged £10 to make McCalls M6696 here for the Made Up Initiative. Made Up Initiative is the brainchild of sewcialist extraordinaire Karen Ball aka Did you Make That. Its raised over £2300 as of posting for the National Literacy Trust. Its pretty awesome being part of such a wonderful community of sewers :-).

I made this dress in a fine cotton lawn that attracted me with all these lovely summery shades. Its the same fabric used to make my beloved Vogue V1440 top. I love this fabric so much despite my apparent inability to pattern match plaids.

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Everything went well sewing wise except for 3 things. (I will try to be brief):

1. The lawn is quite a loose weave so when interfaced it shrunk considerably such that for my waist band and button band they were shortened by about 1.5″. I had to merge with scraps. In future when working with this type of fabric I will block fuse then cut the pieces.

2. I folded a bias cut button band in half so it actually doesn’t lie as flat as I would like. In future if I am cutting on the bias I need to sew 2 pieces together.

3. Something went with the pleats – not sure what but I ended up loosing 2 pleats at the button band end. Next time I will press the pleats with the pattern paper still on to ensure I get them perfectly right.

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For more details of the awesome Made Up Initiative hosted by Karen of Did you Make  click to  Karen’s post here for full details. Go on and make a pledge too!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy sewing everyone!






60 thoughts on “The Made Up Initiative – M6696 completed!

  1. That’s lovely! And sunshine too for your photoshoot! It’s amazing how much has been raised. I need to get cracking with mine, but I’ve just been checking out train prices for the meet up on the 12th. Wish London wasn’t so far 😐

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  2. Well done on finishing your make well ahead of the deadline. It looks lovely – you seem to have more sunshine than we do down here on the south coast! I just have the hem to sew on my skirt so nearly there.

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  3. Your dress is lovely! Love the summery colours of your fabric! Congratulations on fulfilling your pledge. I’ve pledged but haven’t done anything about it yet! Hopefully this weekend!

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  4. Oh, this is gorgeous! The colors are nice and fit you well and the shape of the dress is perfect.
    I never had interfacing shrink my fabric, that is really odd. The print hides the add ons, so all is good!

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  5. Such a fun print, perfect for swirling in 🙂 You really wouldn’t notice any non-matching bits. Well done for getting your pledge finished up and where did that weather come from? We put the heating on last night it was so cold!

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  6. A lovely dress! Shirt dresses always look way too complicated to me! I’ve had one cut out for about 4 months. The colours in the fabric are great and I really like the back of the dress.

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  7. This looks fab! And the fit is great. I like the front button band and waistband on the bias, little touches like this really make a big impact.
    I’ve nearly finished my version, I just need to add the collar and buttons.

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      1. The last evening I spent working on this was just for the buttonholes and sewing on the buttons – luckily buttonhole stitching went smoothly! Finished post put up last night


  8. Hila you did a fantastic job on this dress. The inside details on the arm holes. I always enjoy your post. Thank you for sharing your up’s and down….it helps me to be a bit less brutal on myself when sewing 😉.

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    1. It can be quite hard but just remembering that “Done is better than perfect” keeps me going till i finish. Then usually the finished garment is not as bad as i thought while sewing. 👍

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