Here is my second version of McCall’s 6875. A matching pattern for little girls is in the same envelope. The bodice is lined, and the seams are either serged or finished with a 1/8-inch top-stitched hem.
The instructions were just as difficult the second time round. Fitting the demi-sleeve to the bodice is difficult. In my opinion, it can’t be done neatly without making a risky slit in the front and back bodice right below the sleeve insertion (where the lining is clipped).
Otherwise, I love sewing this dress. The beautiful cotton print was pricey. The solid dark orange came from Joann’s collection of solid colors, and it was on the inexpensive side. I had difficulty getting the wrinkles out of both of these; go figure.
I’m so happy with this completed dress and matching hat that is my own generic pattern. I figured that if I bought doll gloves, I could see how they were put together and copy the construction for my future gloves. But I’m not thrilled with these gloves; they’re very pretty, but too loose.
Isn’t this parasol stunning? I don’t recall off-hand where it came from, but I can find the vendor in my records if someone wants to buy one. Most of the other parasols and umbrellas are made of plain fabric in limited colors. If anyone comes across a black parasol, I’d like to know about it, especially if it’s black lace.
Edit: I changed the title to “Dress for the Belmont Stakes” because we might have a Triple Crown winner!