Erin Benoit sits on the breakers at Montrose Harbor in Chicago in her first project at Tchad Sewing Classes in Chicago

Erin’s First Sewing Class Project: McCall’s #M6834

As we revisit writing regularly about the things that go on up here, we thought we’d bring up Erin’s first project from the hard drive and write about it.  McCall’s #M6834 is a knee length dress that has long princess seams that terminate in box pleats:

Envelope cover of McCall's #M6834
McCall’s #M6834

Erin started off in 2014 with us.  If you click on the tags, you will see how far she’s come.
She has a guest blog post in the works, so let’s stick to the project at hand and let her develop and tell her own story.

Sewing Classes Chicago | Tchad | Workroom | Sewing Studio | Erin Benoit | McCalls #6834 | First Projects | dress form photobomb
Your fearless leader’s photobomb…

 

Sewing Classes in Chicago | Tchad | McCall's #M6834 on dress form in Chicago sewing studio workroom
McCall’s #M6834

This project is a great beginner project for an adventurous beginner, but you will have to really stick to your guns to get it the way you want.  The long straight seams that terminate in box pleats have to be right.

The pattern calls for bound edges at the neck and armhole, but we opted for proper facings and linings here.



The cleaner your sewing is, the better the garment looks – this seems like it would laws be the case, but some patterns and shapes are more forgiving than others.  In this case, any sloppy or poor sewing shows up in the lay of the box pleats and the line of the princess seams.

She really went the distance here – all of her linings are slipstitched down and the lining sections that join the seam allowances through the skirt are slipstitched as well.  This gives it some control so that you don’t have the lining fighting the skirt sections as you move.

Sewing Classes Chicago | Tchad | Workroom | Sewing Studio | Erin Benoit | McCalls #6834 | First Projects | view from above
Inset box pleat detail…

 

Sewing classes in Chicago | Tchad | Understitching details of Erin's first project at Tchad workrooms
Understitching details…

 

Sewing Classes Chicago | Tchad | Workroom | Sewing Studio | Erin Benoit | McCalls #6834 | First Projects | lining attachment
Lining attachment…

Now, if you are a beginner thinking of trying this:  Be aware that this dress is a lot of sewing for a beginner.  Erin patiently worked her way through a muslin, the fitting, and the final version over the course of four months of Sunday afternoons.  With help.  This is partially because of the kind of thoughtful student she (she kind of listens and gathers information to sort out really well) is and partially because it is just a lot os sewing to understand for a beginner.  We’d caution against it as a first project, but would entirely be behind it as a second clothing project.

Sewing classes Chicago | Tchad | Workroom | Sewing Studio | McCall's #M6834 flat on table in two contrasting fabrics
McCall’s #M6834

 

Sewing Classes Chicago | Tchad | Workroom | Sewing Studio | Erin Benoit | McCalls #6834 | First Projects | flat on table
Flat on table

 

Erin Benoit takes a picture of her first project to post to instagram at Tchad workroom sewing studio in Chicago
A picture of a picture is probably worth about 500 words, not a thousand…

Be looking for a blog post from her about her sewing journey soon, and in the meantime enjoy the moody misty Montrose harbor with us as we tuck out of the workroom sewing studios and have a little lakefront photoshoot:

Erin Benoit poses on the breakers at Montrose Harbor in Chicago in her first project at Tchad Sewing Classes in Chicago
Heh… First projects in the Second City!

 

Erin Benoit sits on the breakers at Montrose Harbor in Chicago in her first project at Tchad Sewing Classes in Chicago
McCalls #M6834

 

Erin Benoit poses on the breakers at Montrose Harbor in Chicago in her first project at Tchad Sewing Classes in Chicago
McCall’s #M6834 on Chicago Lakefront…

You can read about McCall’s #M6834 at Patten Review

You can buy McCall’s #M6834 here.

You can follow Erin on her sewing journey on Instagram.

 

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