My Little JadiBop is Growing Up: McCall’s 6736

My niece Jadin turns 10 years old this month. My goodness. I can’t believe my little JadiBop is growing up so fast. We were looking at patterns together a few weeks ago and she talked me into making her a maxi dress with ruffles from McCalls 6736. Seriously, I didn’t require and begging. This pattern is too cute!

McCalls 6736

McCalls 6736

I chose a hot pink leopard quilting cotton for the fabric and used some leftover cupcake fabric scraps for the bodice. She is soooo tiny. I bought a size 7 girl’s pattern but ended up needing to take out 4 inches from the bodice.

Cupcake fabric to line the bodice. What else do you line a hot pink leopard dress with?

Cupcake fabric to line the bodice. What else do you line a hot pink leopard dress with?

I stitched her nickname on the tie end for a little fun. (I wonder how long before she's too cool to let me call her JadiBop:-)

I stitched her nickname on the tie end for a little fun. (I wonder how long before she’s too cool to let me call her JadiBop:-)

Mccalls 6736

You don’t realize how grownup your little neice is getting until you ask her to pose for a picture and she insists that her dress would be best photogaphed on the patio couch.

Jadin shows off her her new maxi dress. McCalls 6736

Jadin shows off her her new maxi dress. McCalls 6736

Jadin dress standing (2) Jadin dress standing

 

She’s a saucy little thing.Daaawling!

Make Me a Birthday Suit: McCall’s 6083 and Simplicity 1506

When I agreed to sew a jumpsuit for a friend’s birthday I was excited and a little reluctant at the same time. Afterall, I’d never made anything for anyone outside of family.

We chose to make McCall’s 6083 View E in a black and turquoise pinstripe suiting.

McCall's 6083

McCall’s 6083

I made a few pattern alterations, made up a muslin, and made some more alterations.

I learned a lot, having made different alterations than my usual. Thank goodness for Sanda Betzina’s “Fast Fit” book. I also realized how personal making clothing for others can be. I was so worried  she wouldn’t like it at one point I almost didn’t finish. It was as if the jumpsuit being rejected would mean I was being rejected. Crazy huh?

 With some encourgement from my weaving buddy and sister  (Thanks Donna and Melanie!), I kept on working. It also helps that Ms. Neisha was the perfect first client. She was very enthusiastic but patient and knows what she likes. Once the elastic and sash were added the jumpsuit came to life. I was loving it. I made a sash in turquoise satin to add some color.

MCCalls 6083 with turquise sash

MCCalls 6083 with turquise sash

I ended up sewing the black sash and turquoise sash together in the middle and leaving the ends to hang free for a ribbon effect. A great idea from the client. I definately want to try this again. CUTE.

2 combined sashes with the ends left loose

2 combined sashes with the ends left loose

 

Ms. Neisha modeling her new birthday suit, McCall's 6083 View E

Ms. Neisha modeling her new birthday suit, McCall’s 6083 View E

 

I made a matching tie  with Simplicity 1506 View D for Ms, Neisha’s fiance. The tie was cut on the bias and backed with turquoise satin. I added his initials to give it a special touch.

Simplicity 1506 View D

Simplicity 1506 View D

Ms Neisha loved the end result. She looks really classy in her new birthday suit.