Wednesday, October 16, 2019

McCalls 7954

It's hot. So hot. So hot I think I might melt. The thought of actually wearing clothes revolts me. Yet decency decrees that clothes must be worn! Thank goodness, then, that I sewed myself the lightest and airiest dress of all time - say hello to McCalls 7954!

McCalls 7954 #8

McCalls 7954 #5

This is seriously the best dress ever for those horrid 40 C plus days. I made it up in a very light cotton, and it almost feels like wearing nothing at all! Plus it looks super cute on - I may feel turgid and irritable on the inside, but this makes me look put together on the outside. Win win!

The one downside? The cotton is kinda sheer. My fault for not underlining the skirt, as I was a wee bit short on fabric. So alas, no posing with the light behind me for these shots, least I inadvertantly do a Princess Diana on you all!

Technically, this was a great pattern to sew. I particularly liked the bodice gathering system - I'm definitely going to keep it in mind for future projects. Getting the key hole section in the bodice to sit perfectly straight was a bit tricky - there may have been some unpicking going on - but ironing the section flat before sewing it made life much easier for me.

Would I make this dress again? Probably not - it's a smidge too short for my liking, and not quite demure enough for work wear, but nevertheless I adore how cute it is, and it will be perfect for hot summer evening drinks with friends - that's if I can bear to leave the house in the first place!

McCalls 7954 #9

McCalls 7954 #1

Project Details:
Pattern - McCalls 7954, view 1 + 4
Fabric - Textured lightweight cotton from The Fabric Store
Notions - 35cm invisible zipper