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Easy “Beginner’s” Pattern – McCall’s 7405

Hello everyone! Whew, I’m still packing for our upcoming move and I am beyond exhausted!  Over the last week, I’ve managed to get rid of all the large items we’re not taking with us, had an indoor moving sale (too hot outside), and sew another dress.  I chose another very easy dress this week because of the move, and also because I need nice, lightweight, sun dresses for the getaway my husband and I have planned.  Therefore, for the next few weeks, I’ll be working with very simple patterns.  This Easy “Beginner’s” Pattern – McCall’s 7405 fits my plan perfectly.  Remember, a simple design with the right fabric and accessories can become something MARVELOUS!!!

Easy “Beginner’s” Pattern – McCall’s 7405

This McCall’s “Learn to Sew” pattern is perfect for beginners.  The instructions are easy to follow and this makes a great practice piece for those of you who have watched the video tutorials from my Beginner’s Sewing Course.  The fabric options are limitless.  There’s nothing more exciting for me than taking an incredibly simple pattern and bringing it to life with a knock-out fabric.  I will definitely be making this one again in a gorgeous print.

Now, I made a mistake in the cutting process for this one, but it all worked out due to the crinkled design of the fabric.  I mistakenly placed the back piece on the fold, when it should have been cut as two separate pieces.  So when I went to cut open the center back, I accidentally picked up the front piece and cut open the center front.  Well, for those of you who have experience with sewing, you know this is not a good thing because to sew that center seam together I will be removing sizing, because obviously there’s no built-in seam allowance on the fold, only on the side edges.  Fortunately for me, this is a loose fitting bodice, so I just sewed a 1/4″ seam on the center front and it doesn’t look bad at all, and it only took away 1/2″ of sizing, which was not a big deal for this design.

I added 3″ to the hem on this dress because I wanted to wear it with heels.  but it still wasn’t long enough, so I threw on my flip flops which gave it a more casual look.  I think the finished length measurement given doesn’t take into account the blousing that occurs after elastic is installed, which raises the hem.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the link to the fabric I used for this dress.  It is a CRINKLED GAUZE (cotton) that I purchased from my local JoAnn’s Fabric Store.

Creating a GREAT Casing

For those of you who are new to sewing, using bias tape to create a casing for inserting your elastic is a great method.  I like it because it yields a crisp, clean finish.  I’ve included photos of what it should look like at the end of this post just in case you need a live visual, in addition to the line drawings on the pattern instruction guide.

Styling is Everything

Usually, I accessorize my outfits before I even sew them together.  Once I’ve decided which pattern I will use, I take the fabric into my closet and pick out shoes, jewelry, scarves, hats, and purses, then I proceed with sewing.  Then sometimes I just start the project, knowing that I’ll find something in the closet to make it look good.  While I was sewing this dress (1-day project), I remembered this hat but I wasn’t sure if the shades of green were the same.  After completing the dress, I took it to the closet and an angelic sound came from my mouth when I put the hat against it.  Then I had to do my dance.  Haha!  Yes, there’s nothing more exciting for me than to find a hat in my collection that’s a perfect match for a new dress, hot off the sewing machine.  I can’t wait to wear this out.

Create the Look

  • Pattern = McCall’s 7405 (View D)
  • Fabric = Crinkled Gauze (JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Hat = Burlington Coat Factory (in-store purchase)

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!


Easy "Beginner's" Pattern - McCall's 7405

Easy "Beginner's" Pattern - McCall's 7405

All Photos Courtesy of CEMO! (except last two)



Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 53 Comments

  1. Carol

    Fabulous-iI just boought the pattern. Thanks for the tip on the bias tape. I see you posted this a few years back but still look very stylish.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, Carol. I’m glad you were able to grab the pattern. Have fun sewing.

  2. Moe

    First of all your dress looks amazing and I am glad to find this review because I have the same pattern and I also cut the back on the fold. I did this by following cutting layout view A for XL sizes where pieces 1 and 2 look as though they are on fold. I’ve been sewing for a while but this easy pattern was a challenge especially since I couldn’t see notches on a center back that I cut as one piece. So to work around all of this I am finishing my dress with 2 side seams and the drawstring will be on the side. I can’t wait to finish this dress so I can wear it for Christmas 2017.

  3. Felicia

    I love the dress!

  4. Paulinakoss

    Really gorgeous dress! My daughter has been begging me to make her one. I have to hurry!

  5. CallMeSu

    Thanks so much for the tip about the bias tape! I will be employing this method in the future! I haven’t worked with gauze yet but I do have a pattern in mind for it. You might know it, its McCalls 7402. Another win here Anita!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Su! You’re very welcome! Yes, McCall’s 7402 will look great with a gauze. Have fun sewing it up. Thank you!

  6. Ruth Rodgers

    Fantastic color choice! You look outstanding in this. I made this dress as well but found the armholes very big and had to take them in. Did you find this problem as well? Thank you for all the excellent styling tips and good luck with your move. I’ve moved 34 times so I know what a trial it is.☺

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Ruth! Wow, you should be a pro at moving after 34 times.

      Yes, I did find the armholes to be larger than normal, but I it was still wearable. I would close them up a bit the next time.

  7. Rae

    I love the green, hat is to die for!! I just got a vintage pattern similar to this one. Now I am excited to work with it. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Rae! You’re very welcome!

  8. Jeannie

    Wow! For a simple pattern and a plain color that dress really looks good on you and the hat really sets it off. I want that hat.Lol

  9. Ksaull

    Amazingly beautiful! It’s true, the fabric makes all the difference in the world! And Anita, that ay-MAZE-ing hat puts the whole look over the top!! U r so very talented!

  10. Nancy

    You go girl!??

  11. Emily

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the hat and the little beads on the straps…it’s perfect!!

  12. TisaTaylor

    YASSSSSS!!! Love how you styled this…You found the perfect color hat for this fabric. Thank you for sharing all your goodness!!

  13. Patricia

    I LOVE THE GREEN!!! Beautiful simple dress that you brought to life…

  14. Sherry

    Hi Anita.

    As always, you look radiant and beautiful. I just love your work.

    Be blessed my sister and good luck with the move.

  15. Andrea

    Lovely dress, beautiful fabric! … I have to dig my pattern out and give it a go!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Andrea! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

  16. Angela Hill

    Hey Ms. Anita,

    Loving this dress, I really love the color and go head with that hat girl now that outfit saying something LOL, I still have not started on sewing I got a lot of the patterns from the class and my sewing tools but haven’t gotten around to getting the fabric yet, the problem I’m having no one to help me with my body measurements, So until I can get someone to help me with this I guess I will be watching some more of your tutorials.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Angela! It’s ideal to have someone take your measurements for you, but you really can get them on your own. The waist, bust, and hip measurements are the only ones we’re using in the sewing course. They’re really easy to take. Whenever you get started, just enjoy the process.

  17. Stephanie Miller

    Go Anita! I love this sis!

  18. La Riesha Simmons

    Beautiful! I am a fan of all your work.

  19. Towanna

    I want to be like you when I grow up Anita =-D

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! You’re cracking me up, Towanna!

  20. Zaun

    Love it! I am in love with this gauze fabric every since another blogger turned me on to it. This dress is what I need for this GA heat. Another winner ma’am… I just love your style.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Zaun! I love the gauze too, and it’s WONDERFUL for really hot days. Thanks sister!

  21. Julia

    Would like to see your closet sometime too! Very empowering ideas! I love the videos, learning so much. I’ve been sewing probably from before you could crawl, so it’s never too late to learn something new! I got Nancy’s book, thanks! (couldn’t find my copy of “Fitting Finesse” she wrote a while back, so this is great!) I definitely will have more confidence and enjoy sewing clothing more now thanks to you!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Julia! You are absolutely right, it’s never too late to learn. I’m constantly learning as I sew. You cracked me up when you said you’ve beens sewing since before I was crawling. LOL! Too funny! Glad you’re enjoying the tutorials.

  22. Alecia

    OMG, amazing as usual. Absolutely beautiful.

  23. Nola

    Oh yay Ms. Anita! I was in the process of reorganizing my patterns last night and what do you know….I kept this one aside because I was thinking of doing view A or B next! I would love to do this version, but I tend to shy away from full length dresses because I’m only 5’1″ and they make me look shorter. However, you are making me want to sew out of my comfort zone! Now I need to go hunt for this fabric! Lol! As with all your looks…BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for inspiring me, and yes a sewing studio tour would be amazing!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Nola! Thanks so much! You know you can go with the shorter version, right?

  24. Monica

    Yes Anita! The color of the dress is gorgeous and the hat matches perfectly. The inside of the dress is just as beautiful as the outside.Going to look for pattern. Thanks for the inspiration sew sister. Be blessed!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Monica! Enjoy making this dress! You’re gonna love it!

  25. Queenesther Jones

    Queenie (Like2Sew)

    Hi Anita,
    This dress is beautiful. Thanks for the tips and ideas for accessorizing. I think coming up with the whole outfit before you sew is a great idea! It would be great to get a “tour” of your sewing room. (after you have settled from your move, of course)
    Have a blessed week!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Queenie! Yes, once I get the studio set up, I may do a tour.

  26. Stephanie

    Omg Anita! I love it…between you and Mimi, I can’t keep up! Love, love, love this one!!!!!

  27. LaTanya

    You are working that hat Ms. Anita!! What a perfect summer look!

    1. Anita Morris

      LOL! Yes, ma’am! Thanks LaTanya!

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