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Monday, May 16, 2016

Another summer dress--McCall's 7350

I fell in love with this pattern the first time I laid eyes on it.  Can you blame me?  I love the neckline and the cross-over, high-low hemline.     

   


I made a mash-up of the length of view A with the bodice of view C/D.  




This was fun to put together.  I used this super-soft yet able-to-hold-its-shape ditzy floral knit from Fabric Mart.  I had no idea what I was going to make when I purchased it but I let it stew for a bit and came up with this fun dress.  



Typically I make a several alterations to patterns but this is sewn as is based on the shaping of the bodice.  For bodice C/D it is a loose-fitting.  Normally, I make an FBA, sway-back adjustment, sloping shoulder adjustment.  For this, I made just the sloping shoulders.  



Yes, there is that much ease in the bodice!  I didn't think the cross-over in the front skirt was as pronounced as the pattern tissue indicates.  Just watch for that! I do think that there is plenty of coverage as I tested it out when I walked around the house and yard.   

                                                                                                                                                                 

My deviations from the pattern were so minimal!  I didn't add the elastic casing at the waistline as I didn't think I needed it after I tried the dress on.  I haven't worn this all day yet, so if I change my mind on the elastic, I will update this post!  What I think is key is to pick a knit that has excellent/good recovery after stretched.  




The midriff lining piece is a very nice touch and gives the top stability at the waistline.  My only minor complaint with this pattern is the amount of armscye droop.  I must wear a cami with this one! The v-neck is also pretty low cut and the cami will help with any possible wardrobe malfunctions.  

                                                                                                                                                               


 I really like my new dress!  Both DD1 and DD2 said this was frumpy.  I don't see frumpy at all.  I see a casual, summer work appropriate dress.  What say you?  Were DD 1 and 2 right?  

Thanks for reading!
Sue :)  


15 comments:

  1. I didn't see that at all. From here it looks good. The whole time I am reading I am thinking that this dress looks great on you. I especially love the fabric; those colors look nice on you. The only thing I can think is maybe they think it's too long?

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    1. Thank you Angela and yes, I do believe the length is longer than they think is cool. Thanks for your honesty!!!

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  2. What did you line the midriff with? Love the knit pattern.

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    1. Hi Lynne, the midriff is self-lined, meaning the same fabric as the dress.

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  3. This dress is perfect for you! Looks stylish and perfect for the workplace, and dinner, and...
    The younger set likes clothing very tight fitting - and hey, they've got the bods for it! But we who have beget them need more space. It's more elegant, also. Consider the runway models wearing the loose-ish clothing, even tiny skinny, they look good! (not the too skinny part, but you know what I mean!

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    1. Thanks Cherie! Your comments made me smile!

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  4. Very pretty feminine dress...not frumpy at all.

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  5. Very beautiful fabric! It looks great on you. I love your fabric choice.

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    1. Thank you Eli cat! I appreciate your kind words!

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  6. Very beautiful fabric! It looks great on you. I love your fabric choice.

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  7. This looks beautiful on you, Sue!

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