I was determined to complete a project in February. I started with the Guy LaRoche suit, but find myself frozen on the double welt pockets. In an attempt to pull myself out, I decided to make this spring dress. Easy, peasy, except…
Stripes. Irregular stripes, with lycra. And a bold fabric with a flaw every 40 inches. And, all of this with a 40″ wide fabric. I knew the last two facts before purchasing. I didn’t really read the stripes correctly until after I started cutting. Doesn’t matter, I wouldn’t have had enough fabric to perfectly match the stripes everywhere anyway. (And would have wasted a lot of fabric, too). I feel pretty good about what I did manage to match, however.
Since this is a relatively new pattern release, I’ll do a “formal” review.
Pattern: McCall 7889 (c) 2019. Very loose fitting top and dresses, with button front closures. Sleeve, contrast, bias cut and neckline variations. I chose view C, the featured view, with contrast bands and long sleeves. PS: It’s really just a shirt-dress.
Fabric: A really lovely stripe from Emma One Sock. I purchased it last December, and I’m certain I bought the last of it. It has black, raspberry, white and strong pink stripes. The pink and black are the consistent stripes – the raspberry and white narrow stripes are very irregular. The fabric is from the designer Diane von Furstenberg. A cotton poplin, it also contains some lycra from crosswise stretch. The pattern recommends poplin, gingham and cotton blends
Sizing: I purchased A5, which contains 6-14. I cut a straight 12, thought it feels quite big in the shoulders (very loose-fitting means lots of ease…). The sleeves feel too long for the length of the dress – the model’s sleeves appear shorter. I added 1.5 inches at the waist to accommodate my long torso. I wish I had added some to the skirt for a slightly longer dress (though not much).
Instructions/changes: the instructions were just fine. This is a simple garment, complicated only by the fabric choice. Because of the cross wise stretch, one layer of fabric would stretch as I sewed on the cross-grain with the other layer on the lengthwise grain. I basted a lot to help eliminate it, and it also helped to keep my stripes mostly matched up. I didn’t press my pleats much beyond two inches (one inch either side); the directions say press, but not how much. I didn’t have enough fabric for the tie, so I used a leather belt in my closet. Last, because of the stripe and width of the fabric, I did a single layer layout.
Does it look like the pattern? Mostly. The sleeves seem longer, and I have long arms.
Recommend/Make again? Yes, I recommend this, but take care if your fabric has stretch. I don’t think I’ll make it again, unless I make the shirt version. I just really liked the version on the model, and fell in love with the pink stripe. I had to have it. It’s not really something I would normally choose, so we’ll see how much comfort I have with it. I think it will make a good vacation/going out dress, but not so much going to work dress.
And the final photos… the selfie stick would stay locked in position, and I was too lazy to do make up and hair!