This was a dress that I made for a sewing challenge called #sewingtogetherforsummer last year. The challenge was to sew a shirtdress in time for the British summer (I know – its an oxymoron). Anyhow, I chose this pattern as it had been a recent addition to the stash from my epic US pattern haul.
McCalls M7387 is a top, tunic and dresses pattern. Its semi-fitted through bust and has a collar, back pleated into self-lined yoke with forward shoulder seams, and front-fly button closing.
I was drawn to the pattern by the high side slits and the super curved hemline. The fact that it has dolman style sleeves was also lovely. I made view D, size: small.
The fabric I used was bought from Jacks Fabrics during one of my many fabric shopping jaunts last year. It’s a lightweight rayon or viscose challis. I don’t normally go for black and white but this ikat print was attractive.
Sewing the pattern up was reasonably okay. The button placket is covered so that had a few tiny challenges which resulted in me eliminating the covered placket in favour for showing off my cute black rim buttons.
The style of this reminds me of the Deer and Doe Melilot which has similar sleeves. Curved hems are always a bit tricky to sew but with rayon a good pressing removes all evils.
The back pleat is a big one – not a regular box pleat. Consequently, it is very important to mark the notches and the direction of the fold for the pleat. When I make this again in the future I will be adding pockets – its the one thing that’s missing for me. The pattern envelope shows it worn with a belt but I much prefer it without one.
Its a joy to wear this dress – light and airy, it was perfect for summer. Here is how I wore it most of the time. Sometimes I swapped the wedges for black flip-flops.
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Late to the #sewtogetherforsummer but here is my post. Finished this McCalls M7387 shirtdress. Fabric is a viscous challis. Not my usual colours but I love it! Many thanks to the organisers for such a fun challenge. . . #sew #instagood #instapic #style #fashion #sewingblogger #sewingblog #memadeeveryday #ootdstyle #ootd #xoudre #blogcouture #iblog #dressmaking #sewersofinstagram #sewing #sewcialists #mccallspatterns #style #fashion #mccallpatterncompany #sewingchallenge #instasew #photooftheday
This pattern is great value all round – it has many variations which I am definitely interested in making. The next one will be view E in some rayon fabric languishing in my stash at the moment :-).
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Peace and love,