SEWING MY STASH | MCCALL'S 7970
EXHALE!!! If you gasped when you saw this dress, like I did, just exhale. Whew! SEW Sisters, you know I’m about to wear this dress until the threads fall apart, right? Hahaha!! When I pulled MCCALL’S 7970 out of the drawer, I KNEW I had to pair it with a jaw dropping fabric. Baby, when I tell you this pairing is a SCORE, I’m talking truth.
This is pattern #8 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. That means I have 14 more to go. BUT, that’s not true because I had my own sewing marathon on the 4th of July weekend. Yep! I did nothing but sew all weekend and finished three dresses. YES! Plus, I have the top that I made for Tea Time Live. So, I already have three more garments sewn, which means I really need 11 more to reach my goal. But just for the fun of it, I’ll keep up with the countdown from 14 in future posts.
PATTERN INFORMATION - MCCALL'S 7970
MCCALL’S 7970 is a loose-fitting, pullover dress with length and sleeve variations. View A is above the knee, sleeveless, with flounces on the bodice and skirt. View B is also above the knee with kimono sleeves. View C is maxi length with multiple tiers of ruffles that can be color blocked for more interest. View D is also maxi length with kimono sleeves and multiple tiers of ruffles. There is also a tie belt with Views C and D, which can also be used with Views A and B.
The pattern is currently available in both print and pdf versions. It’s rated as “EASY” by the company and I agree. However, sewing Views C and D is very time consuming because of all the ruffles and hemming required. If you have basic sewing skills, you should be able to complete this dress with the pattern’s instructions. Just be careful to label all your ruffles after cutting so that you don’t get confused during construction. New Beginners, do not attempt to sew this dress as a first project. You will likely become frustrated with all the gathering.
The only notions required are 1/4″ elastic for the waist on all views, and 1/2″ single fold bias tape for Views A and C to finish the armhole openings.
I cut a size 10 on the bodice and 14 on the skirt without making any pattern adjustments. However, I did close up the front opening with a safety pin because it opens when I wear the dress. I may consider adding a snap in the future to keep it closed for my comfort.
To help streamline the sewing process on this garment, I recommend an assembly line style to prepare all the ruffles before assembling the front and back of the skirt. See the steps that I followed below.
- I sewed the basting stitches for all the ruffles first. It is VERY important to transfer the stitching line on all pattern skirt pieces where ruffles are being attached. Don’t skip this step.
- Next, I sewed all the hems at the top of the ruffles and the bottom of the last ruffle.
- Then, I finished the bottom raw edge of all the other ruffles with my serger. You can use your preferred method if you don’t have a serger.
- After all hems were sewn, I pressed all the ruffles at the same time.
- Once all the ruffles were prepared, I proceeded to assemble the skirt. This prevented me from going back and forth between the machines and pressing station, which adds more time to the sewing process.
Inside the Garment
I used this gorgeous Animal Print Rayon that I purchased from LA Finch Fabrics. The bold print is too perfect for this dress style. I don’t know if they still have all colors of this fabric available, but they do have other beautiful Rayon Prints available. I’ve also linked to more options below for another online fabric store.
I styled the dress with gold drop earrings, gold drop necklace and gold bracelet; a big, floppy, straw hat; a pair of black, low-heel sandals; and a black bag. I love EVERYTHING about this dress. It’s comfortable, stylish, and classy. The fabric color looks really good against my skin and I can wear it for so many occasions. I wore it to speak at a local meeting (without the hat) and I got several compliments. Then, I went to the mall after the meeting and received even more compliments. Two different people asked where I purchased the dress, and you already know what happened when I told them I made it. SHOCK! Hahaha! I love it every time.
How would you wear the dress?
Do you have MCCALL’S 7970? Would you sew it with a solid or print fabric? Would you color block the ruffles? Talk to me in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
YouTube Pattern Review - NOW AVAILABLE
Yes, that’s right. I’ve created a PATTERN REVIEW on my YouTube channel and it’s available now. I wanted to get you prepared to sew the dress by sharing more details. I can’t wait for you to see how great the dress looks on the body with movement.
Don't Forget your Sewing Project Checklist
Did you know that I created a Sewing Project Checklist to help you stay organized while sewing your garments? If you missed the video where I shared 3 Steps to Time Saving Sewing for Beginners, check it out to learn how you can streamline your sewing process. Tap the link below to get a Free PDF copy of the 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
- Pattern Review Video
- Fabric Option 1
- Fabric Option 2
- Learn to SEW
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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