7/21/15

McCalls 7121

McCalls 7121 is a pullover dress with front v-neckline, back bodice variations, elasticized waist, length variations and the maxi has front slit option.

My initial plan for this pattern was to use a stripe fabric and do a chevron design, following Ana Jankovic's tutorial.  However, I detoured from it and went with an abstract knit fabric instead.

Made Version A and cut a size 14, but after tissue fitting, noticed that the bodice pattern piece barely met my center front and decided an fba was needed.  Did an 3/8" fba, lenghtened 1" and removed 5/8" from the shoulder seams.

This pattern offers the option to color block and provides front and back pattern pieces with center front & back seams.  However, I cut my front and back on the fold and serged all seams.



 Being that I had enough fashion fabric left over for a lining, I used the fashion fabric for the bodice and tricot for the skirt.

Finished off the lining at the neckline and armhole with a final stitch.

My dress does not have a distinctive v-neckline and like to think of it as the curvy-V.  Also, opted out of the elastic for the waistline and thinking I could always go with a rtw belt.


One thing to note is that my dress yield a low neckline, despite removing 5/8" from the shoulder seams.  However, I have no qualms with a lil cleavage showing and just rocked a long necklace.
 (Pics by M. Sixto)

The hemline was fused with HeatNBond and the lining hemline was folded to the inside and machine stitched.




For the most part I fuse majority of the hemlines of my garments with HeatNBond.  I love that it gives the fold of the hemline a crisp fold, and retains the flowiness of the fabric and even love that the adhesive remains after washing.


This is what I like to call my swishy dress, it just ebb and flows as I walk... yeah ebb and flows...lol... and ... has a twirl factor too.  

                                                       (Pics by M. Sixto)


This pattern requires several remakes.  Love the ease of sewing, the fit and pairing it with a knit, comfortable, and of course it works well with my rtw blazers... a win win !

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18 comments:

Cherie said...

Sheila, love your dress! Print is fab and the fit is spot-on! And so nice under a jacket.

Beverly said...

It looks good with that blue jacket. And that blue really is a good color for you!

Candice said...

I love, love, love this on you!

freshlysewn said...

This looks so great! Now I'm thinking about buying this pattern. :) also, good tip on the heat and bond. I've had a roll of that in my supply cabinet for forever and forgot why I bought it. I'm going to try it on my next knit!

Nursebennett said...

This looks awesome on you! The colors are perfect for you and look amazing with that blazer. Another beautiful dress!

Levone said...

Pretty dress and I love it paired with your blue blazer!

Linda said...

Saw your review at PR and hope to pop over to your blog for more info. Great looking dress and love the fabric you used. Looks good with the jacket also.

Bonnie said...

Yesterdays dress remake was my favorite, now this one is my favorite, you have me wanting to sew, sew, sew! Keep up the great sewing & posting!

Bonnie @ sewplus.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

Great dress Sheila! Love the color and style and it looks great on you!!

Penelope White said...

I've got learn how to use HeatNBond. Cute dress

Quana said...

Thanks for the link, and super cute dress!

Cas... said...

Another good job Sheila!

Sheila said...

Thank you Ladies ! ! !

susiehomemakermd.com said...

Hi, Sheila! Your dress is fabulous! I love how you lined it. My second version of this pattern is almost finished. It is a great basic knit dress. Thanks for linking to my post :)

Katrina

Sheila said...

Thank you Katrina.

HobbyLover said...

Really pretty

Sheila said...

Thank you HobbyLover.

Andrea said...

Its amazing I just noticed this dress. Simple is great with really pretty and interesting fabrics. Looks great with the jacket.