Have you ever decided, the day before an event, that you want a new dress? I know I’m not the only one. This Gold/Black Plaid Bodycon – McCall’s 7531 is the result of my latest last-minute venture.
After the wedding dress drama, you would think that I’d chill out for a while right? Nope! I had a lunch date planned with a couple of my girlfriends last Friday, and decided on Wednesday that I wanted a new dress to wear. That’s not really a big deal with the availability of so many Easy-To-Sew patterns on the market, like this McCall’s 7531. I could whip up a dress in no time–even with my slow sewing speed.
However, I added a bit of difficulty to the mix by choosing a plaid fabric. I love plaids but it takes me a LONG time to match the patterns, especially the larger prints. And you just don’t want to get caught with your plaid lines not matching. The sew sisters have eyes. Hahaha!!! Choosing a simple fabric would have made this a much quicker project to complete, but this print really spoke to me.
I cut out the pattern on Wednesday, which took me hours because getting the lines on the sleeves to match the ones on the dress is always extra work for me. Then I had to make two attempts because the first set of sleeves didn’t line up. While precision cutting is required when matching patterns, working with stretch fabric makes it a lot easier if the cuts are a tiny bit off, because I can actually make the fabric go where I want. Wovens aren’t flexible though, so the cutting has to be on point.
When planning my DIY garments, I almost always style them before I start sewing. I love going into my closet with the fabric and pairing it with shoes, hats, purses and jewelry. Sometimes I dance — sometimes I squeal. It’s probably one of my favorite parts of the sewing process.
I’ve sewn this dress several times already and there’s a Sew-Along on my YouTube Channel. It’s beginner friendly and perfect for matching plaids or any other prints. The fabric is a Double Brushed Poly Spandex. It’s a very thin fabric, therefore, I lined it with a lightweight black knit from my stash.
I cut this one above the knee because I plan to wear it with flat sandals most of the time. Usually, my dresses are cut below the knee when worn with heels because I think it’s a more classy look.
Nevertheless, here I am posing in a shorter version with high heels. Hahaha!!!
Quite a few people have asked if I will be posting more video tutorials. The answer is, YES. I’m actually planning several right now. Working out the fabric selections and I hope to have the first one out within the next couple of weeks.
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