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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another dress for summer..McCall's 7351

When you find beautiful fabric are you like me and rush to snap it up?  That's exactly what I did when I saw a fellow sewer make a lovely shirt dress with this same fabric I used. And, here is her dress:

                    

She had a clickable link to Mood fabric and I snatched it up right away!  I wish I could remember her user name and I would share he blog post, but I am not that organized to have saved it but I will tell you that if you click here you can see and order some of this pretty fabric as well!

So back to the task at hand...let's look at McCall's 7351, which BTW is the same pattern I used!



I made view A sans lower pockets.   I just didn't think those pockets added to the overall look.  Do you?


I just love how summery and colorful this fabric is!  It is lightweight and very breathable.  I love the lower-in-the-front/back and higher-on-the-sides look.  It is a bit different but not too dramatic.  


I made a size 14, my usual size in McCall's.  This pattern has custom fitting for cup sizes from A/B to D.  I made the cup sizing in a C along with sloping shoulder adjustment.  Those are the only alterations I made.  Typically, I also make a swayback adjustment but when there is a waistline seam, it seems like I don't need that alteration.  


I really love how there is little gaping at the armscye so the bra is covered.  


The back is really great as well.  I love the detail of the back pleat and yoke.  The yoke is lined with the main fabric so that the inside looks nicer and tidier than it would if that wasn't lined.  


I've made enough garments like this that I didn't read the directions word-for-word but I will say that the order of construction was well thought out and logical.  All the pattern pieces fit together well and the pattern seems well drafted.


This dress is made for a belt and I had this Fossil belt in my wardrobe that gets used frequently.  Did I mention that I really like the collar, collar stand, and front bands?


For some unknown reason, I had a whale of a time stitching on the collar band.  This has nothing to do with the pattern or the drafting but only me and my lack of sleep from the previous night.  I finally just cut both pieces out new and started fresh.  It made all the difference.  

Thanks for reading!  My only minor complaint about this pattern is that while it looks shapely on the envelope, I don't think it does anything for me but to make me look more rectangular than I am.  Am I imagining things?  I still love the dress and will wear the heck out of it!

Sue :)

19 comments:

  1. Whoa! That sure looks smart on you! Perfectly stitched top stitching. NO, you do not look like a rectangle but line drawing eludes to more of an a-line. The fabric is fantastic alright but I have yet to shop on line, if you can believe it.

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    1. Thank you Maureen! You just have to jump on the on-line bandwagon! Unless of course you live in an area where there is an abundance of fabric stores. I will only have JoAnn's in the very near future and I just don't have very good luck with fabrics from there.

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  2. She's Mary on Idle Fancy and the Curvy Sewing collective. I have a shirt dress on my horizon but I will need the plus size.

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  3. She's Mary on Idle Fancy and the Curvy Sewing collective. I have a shirt dress on my horizon but I will need the plus size.

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  4. Very pretty shirt dress and beautifully stitched.

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    1. Thank you Jean! I appreciate your kind words!

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  5. It looks lovely and I don't think you look like a rectangle either. Maybe a dark belt would make the difference? Although nice belt too.

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    1. Well thank you Summer Flies! I wore it with a darker belt today and it did make a bit of a difference. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  6. Just lovely, Sue. and great fabric!

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  7. I really love this!!! That fabric is gorgeous and the fit is spot-on.
    I am not normally drawn to shirttail hems but this one works for me. JUst wonderfully done Sue!

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    1. Thanks DD1! It turned out nice, huh?

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  9. Your sewing is such an inspiration. Love the fit of your clothes, too. Your tips on the chiffon top were great. Love the rotary cutter idea - I use it on lining also. Please keep Sending the great pics and ideas. Nancy in Indiana

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  10. Your sewing is such an inspiration. Love the fit of your clothes, too. Your tips on the chiffon top were great. Love the rotary cutter idea - I use it on lining also. Please keep Sending the great pics and ideas. Nancy in Indiana

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