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)
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
All Photos Courtesy of CEMO! (except last two)