McCall’s M7974 in Peachy Linen
I was instantly smitten when McCall’s Patterns had their early fall release, I basically skipped entirely over their summer patterns! I ended up ordering the pattern directly online with a small discount and didn’t hesitate to get started. You can now purchase this pattern on sale for only $3.99 on their website linked below.
The first step was to make a decision on fabric. Normally I order fabric online for a specific project or I use something in my stash that wasn’t intended for the pattern originally. I had recently made a large fabric purchase from Fabric Store. Com and just so happened to have lots of linen floating around my sewing room! I planned on using this linen for another project, but decided to take a risk and use it for the McCall’s dress.
Honestly I think this pattern is much better suited for a lighter weight fabric, like rayon, crepe , gauze or even poplin. Even though linen adds a timeless elegance that only linen offers, it weighs the dress down , and the statement sleeves became lost between the two layers of fabric. However I did not give up! I was really questioning myself once the sleeve was attached, but really there was no where else to go but onward.
THE PATTERN AND CONSTRUCTION
The layout and cutting the pattern was pretty straight forward, I cut out a straight size 14 based off my measurements, but find there is so much ease in the dress it would have been best to size down. There is a also a lot of gathering in this pattern , I was careful to transfer every little marking and dot onto my fabric. There are very little instructions to finish your seams, I went ahead and did that with my serger, even on the seams that are in-cased between fabric. I find it lays more nicely , and it just feels better. I also used the burrito method to attache my yoke and shoulders, I recommend doing this , its just much easier and less fussy than hand basting!
I ran into a problem at the corner of the center panel on the bodice front. It was difficult to determine where to stop stitching and a bit tricky to get it even and lined up with the other side. The instructions don’t offer much help here. I ended up unpicking and eyeballing it . I am not totally satisfied with the corners, but they did match up together, I will take that for now. I love the pearl milk glass buttons that I had in my button stash, I think it suites the dress well.
The also ended up with extra fabric setting in the sleeve, I ended up keeping most of the gather , which adds to the volume. It works. I am not certain what I did wrong here, maybe the fabric stretched while sewing.
Again there is a lot of ease through the dress, I highly recommend doing a muslin first , but I will be sizing down on my next one. I ended up taking in the sides seams 1/2 “ on each side, that helped. I also added a hidden button in the inside of the V neckline, avoiding a deep V cleavage. I could almost use one more, but will go back and sew in a small snap instead.
So much Pinterest inspiration for this style of dress floating around! I defiantly want to remake this again in a floaty light fabric! I loved the big belted style and ended up ordering a set of vintage buckles on Etsy. The look was not working for me though, and the buckle ended up being smaller than anticipated. I might go back and look again for a larger one. A wide belt would be much nicer like the Pinterest photo below.
It helps making the pattern more than once to really nail the fit and style you are going for. Don’t give up! I will be looking to remake the dress with a gauze fabric or possibly even a beautiful broderie anglaise fabric that is ever so popular. My daughter who is 6 commented my dress looks old fashioned, from the olden days- I think the linen gives it that vibe! Maybe with a bonnet and lace up boots I could have a killer Halloween costume! I tend to think the style drifts more toward the 80s especially with the peachy color and white slides. I believe the dress will grow on me, I look forward to experiment with styling it for fall.
What fabric would you choose for this pattern? Do you think linen was the right choice? Maybe there is no right and wrong in the sewing world, sometimes we have to just go for it!
Thank you for stopping by and reading!
Pattern - McCall’s M7974 View C
Fabric- Fabricstore.com -color complexion softened middle 5.3 oz
Shoes- Coconuts by Matisse Xander mules in grey