SEWING MY STASH | MCCALL'S 7743
I’m a maxi and midi girl. I love wearing my dresses below the knee. When I first saw this McCall’s 7743 Wrap Dress, my plan was to sew View C because of the maxi length. But when I pulled this gorgeous fabric and realized I didn’t have enough to sew a maxi, I decided to shorten it to above the knee. I barely made it. Whew!
The sewing challenge is heating up. This is pattern #10 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. Aaahhh!!! I’m in the double digits now. That means I have12 more to go. You can see Pattern #9 HERE.
PATTERN INFORMATION | MCCALL'S 7743 WRAP DRESS
McCall’s 7743 is a fitted wrap dress with three design options.
- View A: Above knee-length, raglan sleeves,hook & bar and ties closure, front neckband closure w/hook & eye
- View B: maxi-length, raglan sleeves, double hook & bar closure, front neckband closure w/hook & eye
- View C: Maxi-length, kimono, double hook & bar closure
The pattern is currently available on the Something Delightful website in printed copy only. The company rates the pattern as Easy, and I agree. If you have basic sewing knowledge, you should be able to complete the dress.
The pattern instructions are fairly straightforward and simple enough for a beginner with basic skills. As always, take care to transfer your markings from the pattern to the fabric.
INSIDE THE GARMENT
Now, let’s take a look at the inside of the dress. This excites me as much as the outside of the garment. My Baby Lock sewing machines help me to produce beautiful finishes on the inside of my garments. I used my Baby Lock Soprano to sew all the seams. The seam allowances were finished with the Baby Lock Vibrant Serger.
Hemming has become a favorite part of my sewing process now because I have the Baby Lock Eurphoria Coverstitch Machine. It has literally made the hemming process a breeze and complete joy. I never got excited about hems until I started using this machine. You will hear me talk about it over and over again. It does an amazing job of creating perfectly finished hems. I love it so much.
Although I used my serger to finish the raw edges of the facings for View C, I would definitely follow the pattern instructions for Views A and B in finishing the front and back neck band edges. When slipstitching a neck band over seams, I think it looks better when the band has a folded edge rather than a serged finish.
Following the finished garment measurements on the front pattern piece, I cut a size 14 for both the bodice and skirt of the dress. I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern (not even my usual Swayback Adjustment).
The fabric suggestions on the back of the pattern envelope are: Crepe, Shallis, Georgette, and Crepe de Chine. These are all lightweight, flowy fabrics.
I purchased this beautiful fabric from Melanated Fabrics in Atlanta last year when I was in town for an event. I don’t remember the fabric contents but I know it’s a Rayon Blend. It feels like a Rayon Crepe. It’s lightweight and perfect for flowy garments. I think it looks amazing paired with this dress. The colors are stunning.
The pattern calls for hook and eye, hook and bar, and ribbon for closures.
The dress is amazing no matter how you accessorize it. I think it would look really cute with a pair of big hoop earrings, flat sandals, a beach bag, sun hat, and sunglasses.
Styling Option #1
I styled it with a pair of periwinkle chunky heels, blue charm necklace, rhinestone stud earrings, a beaded bracelet that my youngest son gave me when he was in 8th grade, and a cute silk handbag that I received as a gift many years ago.
Styling Option #2
You know I had to bring out the big pink hat to complement the colors in this dress. Now, THIS is how I will style it for the tea party. All the same accessories, but the hat takes it up a notch.
PLANS FOR THE DRESS
I plan to wear this dress out for events like dinner dates, baby/bridal showers, tea parties, and other fun occasions.
How would you wear the dress?
Would you wear this dress? Do you have the pattern? How would you style it? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you.
5 YEARS WITH BABY LOCK
This month I am celebrating 5 years as a Baby Lock Ambassador. They have been really god to me and I can’t imagine a better company to represent. They treat us like family and do special things for us to make us feel as such. Not only do they have quality products, but they care about people. When I went through aa really rough time after I joined the Ambassador team, they allowed me to take the time away that I needed. Now I’m back and I treasure my relationship with Baby Lock. If you’re in the market for a new sewing machine, Baby Lock Sewing is a GREAT choice.
Don't Forget your Sewing Project Checklist
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials mentioned in this post.
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Fabric Option 1
- Fabric Option 2
- Fabric Option 3
- Fabric Option 4
- Learn to SEW
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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