Last month I wandered into my local Fabricland and saw a display dress that a talented member of the staff had made. It was McCalls 7538 done up in view C I believe. Here is the envelope front and line drawing:
The fabric that they chose was this:
Its a lightweight, drapey poly/rayon/viscose blend in navy and white. Look at that crazy print! I never would have considered it, as solids are usually my thing but truly the dress was fabulous! The staff member that I spoke to said that they had been receiving daily compliments about it and couldn’t keep the pattern in stock. (I wish I had taken a picture of it to show you.)
I decided that after a year of making staples and co-ordinates in my attempt at wardrobe building, I had to replicate this dress. I was however keen on view B of the pattern; opting for the swingy skirt.
The pattern pieces were a bit of a pain in the patoot and I relied heavily on the markings to ensure everything was pointing in the right direction. Here are the pieces, cut and laid out in the order in which they are sewn:
The fabric itself was such a treat. Zip, zip, zip on the machine and serger and it was done in under two hours, start to finish. Here is a shot of the dress, inside out to show you the seaming.
And the finished dress. I’ll try to get a picture the next time I have it on.
For now, I’ll tell you that it drapes beautifully and the skirt swings and sways with each step. I am so pleased that I made this and am truly grateful for the creative vision of the talented staff member at Fabricland.
Bye for now,