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The dress that wasn't supposed to be:McCall's 7432

   You guys have you ever started on a project, and realized said project was going to require a little more than you bargained for? I'm sure we all can relate, right?! Well, Saturday morning I got the brilliant idea that I would start on a pair of pants.  Y'all, the tissue would barely come up over my thighs, ugh. Now, granted the pants are designed for stretch fabrics, but shouldn't I still be able to tissue fit the pattern and get them over my thighs?

McCall's 7432

   So, I put that pattern away, temporarily; however, I did make the lengthening adjustments, but I didn't  want to start on the pants until I've watched a few of my Craftsy classes on pants fitting. Sure, I've made pants in the past; however, pants just seem to require so much more effort, geesh! Well, back to this cute little pattern that McCall's released for their early fall collection.  I made view E, just reduced the length, and did a handkerchief hemline. Okay, maybe I didn't mean to this time, but I'm going with it, and there was no way I was picking stitches from a twin-needled hem, none! LOL!

I did notice a little dip in the back neckline. I'm not sure why this happened, as I used my normal size for Mc'Call's. It's not enough to bug, well, maybe slightly,lol! I'm still going to rock this dress, though :)...

  I ordered this stripe fabric from Mood's fabric's about two months ago, not sure if it's still available. It's listed as a Ponte, but it's a lightweight Ponte, perfect for dresses. I made a 16 at the bust and graded to an 18 at the waist and hips.  I found the fit to be pretty good, but I would note that the neckline I may raise a smidgen next time.

Just twin-needled the neckline and armholes..I would have normally
used a binding ,but didn't want to disturb the stripe fabric. I need to invest
in a coverstitch, as my twin-needle was tripping with this fabric..

  I love, love this style of dress. I guess it's somewhat of the "fit and flare" type style of dress. I'm not really big on the fitted, or body con look on myself; however, I love it on other people. Granted, this is not a new style by any means,and you most likely may have something similar in your stash already. Now that I think about it, I believe I've made something like view E before with M6957 .  Yep, so, definitely not a new silhouette, but do we ever need a reason to buy patterns,lol!


  Well, I guess now that I've gotten this little quickie project out of my system; it's now on to the pants fitting! Wish me luck you guys! Hopefully, I'll be back with an awesome pair of pants :)....

          ~Be Blessed and Nothin' Less and Continue to Stay Fearlessly Fierce!


  1. Cute dress. If the pants pattern is for stretch fabrics there might be negative ease in the pattern which means you won't be able to tissue fit it is my thoughts.

    1. Sewmanju, thank you, thank you for the tip! I was wondering if I could possibly tissue fit or not with the pattern being designed for knits.

  2. This is really pretty! Yes, I have definitely bitten off more than I can chew on many occasions and moved on to something simpler! That "slight gap" at the back of the neckline I've had occasionally with knits too. I haven't figured out which pattern I have it with most, but will take notice to find out now. I believe it's the pattern and probably need to adjust the neckline on the back pattern piece. You're sewing skills are beautiful!! (That's why I think it's the pattern)

    1. Thanks Myra! This neckline issue, is a first for me, well for the back neckline. I hope that this is just a fluke, but I will definitely research some issues. Thanks Myra!

  3. Very cute! I was going to say the same as Manju. If the ease is negative, it def won't fit over your thighs :-) Double check that before you make too many adjustments!

    1. Thanks Tasha! I'm so glad y'all chimed in and told me, because I was about to go in and some major inches to those side seams, LOL!

  4. I love this dress Candace! It really suits you!! The early fall Mccalls are so nice this year! I looked up the pattern of your dress, and have to say I like your version a lot more. I have to get better at picking patterns by the line drawing, and not the photo! Good luck with pants, and please post any helpful tips you find. I plan on revisiting pants (again) sometime this year.

    1. Thanks Vanessa! I love McCall's patterns, they are one of my favorites to sew from. And congrats on your new bundle of joy, he is simply beautiful!

  5. I'm glad your dress made it on the scene Candice it's really cute on you too!

  6. This pattern is so great on you. I love how your dress turned out - the fabric is gorgeous and goes very well with the pattern.

    1. Thanks The Sewing CPA! This was a great pattern, and such an easy sew.


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