Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Red and Black Circle Dress - McCall 7429





My sewing mojo is in full affect.  For weeks I've been happily sewing up a storm, cranking out garments so fast there isn't much time to photograph and post them.  Fortunately today, I was able to take pictures of three of my latest projects. 

This first dress was finished two days ago.  And let me tell you it was easy right up to making that little twist thing at the front waist.  Then, I was confused by how to make the twist.  I read the instructions three times.  But I did not get it until I just look at the drawings for steps 9, 10, and 11.  Pictures are definitely worth a thousand words.

Before I get ahead of myself, let me go back a few steps to provide some basic information about the pattern. 

McCall 7429 is described as:  Misses dresses:  close fitting, pullover dress has front twist detail at waist, sleeve and neckline variations.  It's comes in sizes 6 to 22.    This dress should be made with two-way stretch knits with about 40% stretch.

My dress is about the length of view B with sleeves and collar of view D.  But based on the diagram and the photo, my dress does look like the dressed on the envelope.

The instructions; typical and easy to follow, until the twist, as I mentioned before.  I recommend taking your time, lay the dress on a flat surface and follow the illustrations.

Likes:
  • The twist at the waist
  • The front drape
  • The length options
  • The center back seam makes it easy to fit for a sway back



Dislike:
  • The back as that coffin effect, with only a seam down the center back.   I added a little belt to make it a little more interesting from the back view.  
I selected this pretty geometric red and black ITY knit print from Fabric Mart.  Love, love it.  I played Tetis with the pattern pieces trying to find the best way to utilizes the circle print.  The front of the dress is partially cut on the bias with the lower portion cut along the salvage.  Some areas were not straight on so there are a few areas were the pattern of the print is not perfectly matched.  But that's all right.  I think the dress turned out nicely.  I'm happy with the results.

No major fit adjustments.  I really took a chance on this fitting me.  I cut a size 16 making only a sway back adjustment.  



I will make this again, view D for fall/winter.  This is a figure flattering little frock and can be made up in about four hours.  At least for me that much time. 

If it is your style, try it.

Happy Sewing!
C

PS -  This is my ten year anniversary as a sewing blogger.  So Happy anniversary and I hope you continue to enjoy my blog.  Thank you!





29 comments:

  1. Nice work with the print placement on this dress. Are you wearing a belt in the photos with the back view? If so, I agree that adding a belt would add interest. If what I'm seeing is just the print, than I don't think you jneed anything else..,it looks great!

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    1. Laura, Thank you. I actually attached the belt at the side seams. It only across the back of the dress. Thanks for asking.

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    1. Thanks, Mariela, and thanks for the visit to my blog.

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  3. Lovely dress. It looks great on you.
    Kristen

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  4. Beautiful dress. I love the print as well as your pattern placement. I have had that pattern in my stash since it was released. I may have to pull it out. Happy Anniversary.

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    1. Thanks SD Cunni Designs, I pondered how to make this fabric and pattern work. It did take me some time to get it cut out and ready to sew. But once that was done, the hardest thing about making it was the twist.

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  5. Happy 10 year anniversary. Thank you for sharing your sewing projects.

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    1. Oh Janet, thank you. It was my pleasure.

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  6. Your work is just stunning. All of it. I follow you via an RSS reader and every time I see there is a new entry from you, I get all jazzed to see what delight you've produce this time. Your fits are just so spot on. I love the fabric choice/print placement here and that back belt addition is just genius. You are very kind to share you work, thoughts and ideas this way. It's energizing and inspiring. Thank you! Oh and happy anniversary!

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    1. Hi Susan, You made me smile. Thank you for following me. Your comment ad compliments are most appreciated. I'm happy to inspire.

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  7. what a great use for this print. I always love a twisty knit style. looks perfect on you. And glad you are still blogging, thank you for all the great pattern info.

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    1. Thanks Beth. I'm happy to be part of this great sewing community. You and so many others are a source of inspiration to me.

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  8. Happy anniversary! Love the dress--very flattering.

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  9. That's lovely -- I'm impressed with the way you mixed the prints.

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    1. Thank you, Beth. It some thought before cutting into the fabric.

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  10. Lovely dress and you did a great job. It looks gorgeous on you.

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  11. Happy 10th anniversary! This is a great fabric, and I love how you've placed the pattern on the front--it's really striking! You had me laughing with the "coffin effect." It is a challenge sometimes to add a little interest on backs. What about a keyhole at the neck?

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. When I looked at the design of the back view, I was not to happy. All of the excitement is in the front. I simply had to do something to the back. ;-)

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  12. Happy anniversary! I always look forward to your posts.
    The dress is lovely! That twist at the front is a great bit of design. Love your fabric!

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    1. Thank you, Irene. Much appreciated.

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  13. That's a beautiful dress. And congratulations on 10 years!

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  14. Firstly, Happy Anniversary! I love all the twisty patterns so I'm not sure why I don't own this lovely pattern. Your finished dress looks gorgeous and the way the print turned out is really interesting.

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  15. So pretty! I made this twice and also had to really concentrate on that twist both times. I love your print fabric with this.

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  16. I love your dress! Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I really enjoy following your blog. Thanks so much for the inspiration and all the information that you share.

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