When McCall’s 7319 Meets Nicole Miller
Every once in a while a cute pattern and gorgeous fabric come together to create fabulousness. That’s exactly what happened with McCall’s 7319 and this beautiful designer fabric by Nicole Miller that I purchased from JoAnn’s Fabrics. I’ve had my eye on the fabric for quite a while, but waited for a good sale, at which time I was able to purchase it at 50% off the regular price. I never pay full price for fabrics or patterns at JoAnn’s, unless I become desperate for some reason, which is quite rare. The colors in this print are so vibrant and I knew I wanted to make a maxi dress the minute I saw it. I think this would also look amazing in a solid knit fabric. If you haven’t already checked out the Nicole Miller fabric line, I think it’s worth a look. She has so many beautiful prints that I want to use.
McCall’s 7319 Pattern Review
Pattern Description: Pullover dresses have close-fitting bodice, raised waist, gathered, bias overlays, and narrow hem. B, C: Stitched hem on sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: A5 (6 – 14), E5 (14 – 22) = I cut a size 10 for my bodice, and size 14 for my skirt
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did!
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow. I found them to be straight-forward, and the accompanying illustrations were very helpful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Several things drew my attention to the pattern initially. (1) I love the crisscross overlay design on the bodice. (2) I love the fullness and drape of the skirt. (3) I love that the skirt is only a partially gathered in the front and back. (4) The gathered sides of the bodice are the icing on the cake. That, accompanied with the overlays, really elevate this design. (5) My favorite maxi dress style is one with a fitted bodice and full skirt. This design fits my style perfectly.
I am not a big fan of the raised waist design in dresses. However, the overlays on this dress concealed that detail, making it more appealing to me. Therefore, I can’t say that there’s anything that I dislike about this pattern.
Fabric Used: I used this gorgeous Nicole Miller Rayon blend, constructed of 94% Rayon, and 6% Spandex.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only change I made was to the length. I added 2″ to the skirt hem to accommodate the shoes I wanted to wear with it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would probably sew it again in a solid knit. However, because I have so many other maxi dress patterns waiting to be sewn, I probably won’t sew it again in the near future.
I would definitely recommend this pattern for intermediate and advanced sewers. Advanced beginner’s should be able to follow the pattern guide sheet and do fine, but I would caution new beginners to wait until you have a bit of experience and a number of garments sewn before attempting this one. The construction of the bodice overlays could potentially become frustrating for the new beginner.
Conclusion: I can see this dress styled with a large floppy hat, and a pair of sandals for a nice day out in the sun, a lunch date, or a fun day of shopping. It’s just that comfortable.
Create the Look
- Pattern = McCall’s 7319 (View D)
- Fabric = Nicole Miller
- Bag & Scarf = B-Iconic (A shop in the Outlet Mall at the state line of California & Nevada) – No website
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