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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Summer McCalls picks

McCalls has their new summer offerings up, so I thought I'd let you all know which ones I'm really excited about...even if I'll never actually sew one or two of them.

M6346 looks like an easy summer dress I could bang out in a couple of evenings and wear all summer. This will be my first summer in Florida, and I plan to stay as cool as possible. Breezy but not a sack, gotta love it.

M6356 has some cute knit tops, and I can't get enough of those to wear with shorts (and sew up my slightly ridiculous knits stash). The two-tone version is my favorite, but maybe this will be the year I'll try something one-shouldered.

M6362 - Ok, this jumpsuit seriously tempts me. I have nothing against jumpsuits in theory. I just doubt my fierceness and ability to pull it off without looking silly. I kind of want to make that halter-cowl version to wear out for drinks with my sisters at the beach, just to give them something to make fun of me about. The shorts version looks just so comfy and practical for summer, but I don't want to look like a toddler. Any fabric suggestions?

Finally, having a niece has gotten me very excited about making kids' things. I made her a little wardrobe (the evidence of which, iPhoto destroyed) which I sent to my sister. Hopefully we'll get a pic or two when her tiny angel grows into the clothes. M6344 is a little oneie with appliques. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's cute and I know I'll use it, so I'll probably pick it up. I'll probably even use the guitar for a tee for my guitar- and drum-obsessed 4-year-old.

There were some other cute dresses, too, but these 4 are my favorites. Plus, I have PLENTY of dress patterns waiting to be sewn up. Did I miss your favorites?


Alexandra said...

I like your picks, especially the dress pattern. Dresses are the best for Florida weather. One-piece dressing, no extra fabric around the waist, and they help move the air around your legs, keeping you cool.

Kathryn said...

Only you would make a jumpsuit to wear to Harpoon Hanna's! You'll look better than the rest of us no matter what you wear. As for your "tiny angel" of a niece, she's growing like a weed so I'll send pics of her in the Aunt Jenny Couture soon!

Lois Evensen said...

What fun! The jump suit reminds me of those from 50 years ago. Noooo, I couldn't possibly be that old. I must have seen them in very old magazines.


Bonnie D. said...

I just picked up the first two patterns at JoAnns sale on Saturday. Along with 4-5 others!

I love the silk top! I have that pattern and made the ruffle neck top. I want to try the version you made, too. Gorgeous!

I also wear a lot of dresses in the summer to stay cool.

Ruth said...

I particularly like M6346.... "breezy but not a sack" sounds great after the sack/tent summer dress that I'm currently sewing. :/