There another dress that was inspired by you. After seeing so many beautiful renditions of this dress on Pattern Review, I decided to give this dress a try.
This is my wearable muslin. After finishing the dress, I noted several things to change in the next version. The first is to use a better knit fabric. At first glance, I thought this knit was of fairly decent quality, but as I sewed and handled the fabric, I discovered it didn't have the texture or the durability that I assumed when I purchased it from the store. So I'm calling this my wearable muslin.
McCall's describes this dress pattern as a misses' and women's dresses and sash: Close fitting, above mid-knee length dresses A, B, C, D have mock wrap front, gathered at left side, collar, collar band, raglan sleeves, side zipper and stitched hems: dress A has below elbow length sleeves gathered with elastic; dress B has short sleeves and sash; dresses C, D have long gathered sleeves with cuff; dress D has sash with optional purchased tassels.
Sizing from 8 to 24W; I used 14 with modifications.
My dress looks like the dress worn by the model minus the belt. The instructions were typical and easy to follow. I used a knit jersey from Vogue.
- mock wrap dress - flattering
- gathering or ruching at the side
- full, gathered sleeve with cuff
- loop closure on the cuff
- center back seam for better fitting
- belt option with tassel detail
- As pictured on the model, the cuff is wide. Note how it falls on the models hand. It's big enough to put your hand through the opening without unbuttoning the cuff. I like the cuff to fit closer to my wrist. Next time I will make the cuff smaller.
- The vamp is a little low for my taste. I will raise it about a inch and half next time.
- The collar band is too narrow for me. I'll add 1/4 inch to the next version.
- The zipper is not necessary. I should be omitted from the design/instructions. I omitted it and was able to put the dress on without a struggle.
These changes (dislikes) will make the dress ideal for me.
I made a FBA following Ann's (Gorgeous Things) tutorial. This dress is short. I added two inches, could have added a few more. I also added elastic to the neck line to ensure a snug fit across the upper chest area. Sway back and a small shoulder blade adjustment as usual.
Like I said earlier, I will make this one again. It's a good one to try. Definitely a winner. It wears easy and not difficult to make.