I borrowed the pattern from my sewing bud, Lucy. She had already cut it in a size 8, so size 8 is what I used. I'm glad I had her wisdom to guide me in sizing - the Big 4 do things in strange and mysterious ways. Looking at the chart on the back of the pattern, I would have cut a size 12 and then wondered why the neck gaped.
I made View B, but omitted the collar and the sash. Also axed the side zipper. My knit is so stretchy there was no need.
Little did I know when I borrowed the pattern that it would come with Lucy's construction notes, which were brilliant. Lucy used a self-fabric band to finish the neck, so I did too. The finish look way nicer than the turn-and-stitch method recommended by McCall's, and the slight stretch she advised when applying the band keeps the neckline nice and flat while wearing.
Lucy also put the sleeves in flat and did up the underarm and side seams all in one go. Much easier that way!
My pattern review is on PatternReview.com here.
So, I don't have any pictures of this dress out on the road, but here are a couple of gratuitous vacation pictures....
|Balanced Rock, Arches National Park. If you haven't been, go! The nearby town of Moab is very cute and has a nice fabric store.|
|Sun Palace, Mesa Verde National Park. This is a magical place - stay at the park lodge, if you can. They have a fabulous restaurant.|
|St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Great food, great art, wonderful people.|