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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Finished: McCall's 7538 Dress *AND* Top!

It's luuuuuurve.



If you recall I'd planned on making M6612 in a solid over my vacation. I made the print one and thankfully started looking for another "interesting" knit dress in the stash. Well, I found it!

I scored this heathered knit in one of those pre-cut fabric deals from Fabric Mart. It's a lovely jersey. Nice weight and drape, great recovery and completely opaque.

This photo shows the fabric well. I am normally quite lazy about hemming knit sleeves; I turn up and stitch. Well, I ended up measuring up 1 1/4" while the sleeve was flat, and using the chalk mark I folded up and pressed then turned it under for a double fold. It's so neat! I won't be lazy anymore!!



I cut the pattern with a size 14 neckline and shoulders and a 16 for the rest. I'd posted on IG when I saw that the front and back skirt were the same. I knew I needed an adjustment in back or else my skirt wouldn't be level. Shout out to Ebi of Making the Flame for the suggestion...I like shortcuts and she mentioned adding directly on the fabric. I added 3/4" at the center back grading to nothing about 2/3 of the way to the side seam. Win!


I also did a 1" full bicep adjustment and ended up sewing the side seams at 3/8" after getting the front and backs assembled. I should also note I did not hem the dress.

The front crossover isn't really a crossover after all! So you get the waist definition without any extra bulk. The front bodice is 5 pieces - sewn together to mimic a cross front. Takes a little more time but it works. There are two back views - a 'crossover' and solid. The solid back has one less pattern piece but the lower portion mimics the front.

With the pattern pieces having such interesting shapes I cut everything out, left the pattern piece with the cut fabric and "assembled" the front and back flat on the cutting table before sewing anything together. Also, mind all of your notches! It all goes together just perfectly.




If you look closely here, you'll see the seam cuts right across the lower portion of my bustline. I added 3/4" on the pattern piece on the entire lower front. And then cut out the top! :)

paired with S1322 skirt

All fabric from stash. The black is the burnout jersey I made my Swoon cardigan with. The brown is the wool jersey I made my Jalie pleated cardigan with and the grey was a cut of jersey I had in stash. I had another one that would have been more in line weight-wise with the other two but I wanted this color. I should've chosen the other one! This fabric wasn't fun to hem. Sheesh.

I am really happy with both of these and if you were considering this pattern I say GO FOR IT!!






34 comments:

  1. Very nice. Thanks for passing along that skirt tip too.

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  2. Well I can see why you love both of these! They look GREAT!! I really like the top, and the colors you chose. It has such visual appeal!

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  3. These are so sharp! I will definitely be getting this pattern now. Beautiful work. I really like how the diagonal in the skirt balances the top. What is the skirt pattern?

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  4. I love this dress, I think it is the prettiest one you have done.. Looks so good on you.. and the skirt and top ...so cute. Know you will enjoy wearing these.. Happy sewing.

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    1. Thanks Judy! I just love slipping it on. And that color is so rich <3

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  5. I bought that fabric too from Fabric Mart so it's great to know that it sews up well. It's beautiful (and you are too) in that dress!

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    1. It's sooooo nice. Enjoy! Thanks :)

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  6. It suits you so well - nice job!

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  7. Wow! Both outfits are super cute! You mastered a great fit on all pieces…don't you just love being able to sew your own beautiful clothes?

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  8. Really cute!!! This is my kind of dress!!!! You look soooo cute!

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  9. These dresses look great on you!

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  10. Great dresses, I especially like the first one. Looks like a very comfortable dress too.

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    1. Thanks Sigrid! I love that one too and yes, it's very easy to wear.

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  11. This is definitely your dress! I have been leery of crossover styles. I have the same body type as you, so I love to see what you're sewing. Very nice. Nice finish on those sleeves too.

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    1. Thanks Julie! It's always nice to find someone of a similar body type to "try" patterns out! :)

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  12. Wow, both these pieces look amazing on you! I'm definitely adding this pattern to my wish list.

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  13. It's a really nice dress/top. I don't like crossover styles either - never seem to sit nicely. this does. Might have to investigate this pattern when it finally makes it's way over the ocean.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz! I hope it makes it across the pond soon. It's a fun pattern.

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  14. Both dresses look great on you! I really love the McCall's dress, though. That colour looks so good on you! I love the way you hemmed the sleeves. I may try that the next time I don't go the easy way out with a sleeve band. :)

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    1. Thanks Andie! Oh that is such a short cut/save though isn't it?! :)

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  15. I can see why you love these! Both pieces look fantastic and I'll definitely be adding the pattern to my wishlist.

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    1. Thank you Allison! I think this dress would look great on you!

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  16. I was cleaning up my blog roll and saw that your previous blog hadn't had any posts for a long time. I was looking through Pattern Review today and found your new blog that way! So I have listed you back on my blog roll and am happy to see you have been as productive as always and that I can read all about it again :) I love your dress and top - fabulous!

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    1. Yay! Welcome to the new space and thank you!!

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  17. The dress looks so amazing on you! Even the top looks so great. The colors suit you so well.

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  18. Woohoo! I see a perfect hem - and speaking of hems, a double fold hem finish on knits (especially sleeves) is divine. It makes the inside of the garment so neat. :) Really like your color blocked top. Is the skirt you're wearing with it, the one that shows allll of the your thigh? ;-)

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