McCall’s 7348 – Floral Hankerchief Hem Dress

IMG_1334Have I told you how much I’m loving the new look of McCall’s Learn to Sew for Fun pattern line!  These are not your beginner patterns of old. They are actually some very cute styles, and best of all the work up super quick which is just what I need right now if I have any hope of staying in the sewing game with my busy schedule between my business, helping my husband with his business, my three littles and my super hectic schedule. I know some sewists get hyped about challenging techniques and that’s great, but sewing is my refuge from all of the challenges in my daily life so easy peasy it is for me.

I decided to make View C but shorten the sleeves for summer. This dress can literally be cut and sewn in an evening.

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Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Flared pullover dresses (close-fitting through bust) have neck band, round neckline, hemline variations, and narrow hem. A, B: Short sleeves. B, C, D: Wrong side shows on hemline. B, D: High-low hem. C: Three-quarter length sleeves. D, E: Sleeveless.

Pattern Sizing: 4-26

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close, I just made my dress with short sleeves.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy as it is from the learn to sew series for beginners.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern: With the limited time that I have to sew, I love how quickly the dress came together and I like that they use a band to finish the neck rather than the fold over method usually used on beginner patterns.

Fabric Used: An ITY floral print from Fabric Mart Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations other than shortening the sleeves for the view I made.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will likely make this again but I have some others I want to get to first.

Conclusion:  I love this pattern, stylish, easy and very versatile. I’ve already worn it with sandals and chucks.

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McCall’s 7099 – Lace Print Jumpsuit

7099I actually made this jumpsuit months ago to wear to the cocktail party/fashion show portion of the annual Mimi G sewing conference this year.   i bought the fabric specifically for this even longer ago than that because I thought it would be a great dress up option.

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This jumpsuit went together so quickly and I can definitely see myself making it again.  It’s definitely a good one to try for those a bit apprehensive about the jumpsuit.  I used an ITY for this version but it can also easily be made using a ponte or double knit.

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Pattern Description: MISSES’ ROMPER AND JUMPSUITS: Loose-fitting romper and jumpsuits have raised neckline, mock wrap, gathered, blouson bodice, front band extending to back neckline, elasticized waist, and side pockets. B, C and D: tapered.

Pattern Sizing: Combinations: A5(6-8-10-12-14), E5(14-16-18-20-22)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Definitely!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions for this one are pretty straight forward and simple to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the style and fit of the pattern and there are sleeveless and short options as well. I also like that the instructions include a snap for the cross over top. I often add one to this style to keep the top from flopping open but it’s nice that they included it in the pattern instructions for newbies.

Fabric Used: ITY Knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no design changes or alterations

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? There are no current plans but I could see myself making this again.

Conclusion:  A great, on trend pattern, easy and great for beginners.