On to sewing! I have seen several versions of M6069 in the blogosphere, and ever since seeing the first one I knew I wanted to make it up. I love the draped neckline of view A, both in the front and the back, and living in Hawaii, I can't have too many sleeveless dresses. I used a matte jersey that I bought at Mill End in Beaverton when I took my summer, 2010, trip to Oregon. The colors are dark chocolate and steel blue. So even though the style is not fall, I think the colors lean that way.
This is touted as a one hour pattern. I was not that fast with it. Using matte jersey, which is slippery, slowed me down. On-the-other-hand this pattern is quite easy to make; certainly a good beginner's pattern for knits. However, one of the toughest things for me was getting a nice hem on the armholes. The pattern suggests that you make a 5/8" narrow hem. I really had to mess around with pinning and clipping it to get a nice finish. Also, I have a feeling the pleats on the front and back shoulder seam are supposed to match, but mine did not. I think that was my fault. Thank goodness the fabric print and drape hide this pretty well.
I left out the on-seam pockets in the skirt, knowing that I would not use them. I made the sash that comes with the pattern. I cut a size 10, but I lowered the armholes by about 5/8" so that I could take up an extra half inch on the side seams, thus reducing the width of the bust by two inches. I didn't make any other fitting changes. This is a very forgiving cut. In the end, I like the dress, but I think it looks better on a curvier figure. Here is my version:
|Dusk at Koki Beach in Hana 2011|