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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McCalls 7061 – Casual Funnel Neck Dress

I’ve been making more casual clothes lately but I still like to wear dresses (which would be a total shocker to my younger tomboy self). I’d bought a dress almost identical to this about a year or so ago and loved it. On one of my many forays to Hancock Fabrics, I saw this pattern displayed on top of the pattern drawers and couldn’t believe my luck. Imagine my surprise when I realized this was in fact a sleepwear/lounge patter NOT apparel. Never being to like limitations or being told what I can and cannot do, I decided to make this as a casual dress to wear on the weekends, on my days off and while running errands. 


I actually completed the dress some time ago but then biting cold and rain swept in so in the closet it went. Today the weather was perfect for this in the low to mid-60’s since I used a sweatshirt fleece for this version. I need to find a lighter weight fabric to make spring versions because this style will be in heavy rotation.

Pattern Review: 

Pattern Description:  MISSES’ TOPS, DRESS, SHORTS, PANTS AND SLIPPERS: Close-fitting tops and dresses have sleeve bands. A and B: stitched hem on hood, wrong side shows. B and C: shaped hemline. A and D: collar and hem band. D: purchased drawstring. B, C and D: pocket. Fitted shorts and pants have waistband. E: side slits. F: leg bands. B, C and E: narrow hem. Slippers have insets, sole and contrast lining.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge), Foot Size: [XS (83/4″),S (91/4″),M (93/4″),L (101/4″),XL (103/4″)]

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? Great instructions

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style of this dress and it is very similar to one of my favorite RTW dresses.

Fabric Used: I used a lightweight Sweatshirt Fleece from Denver Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added an inch to the side seams around the stomach area but ended up taking it back out. This is meant to be a lounge pattern but I made it as a dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I absolutely plan to make many more of these, this was such an easy make and super comfortable to wear all day.

Conclusion:  This a great pattern for beginners and a nice and easy casual dress.

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.

McCalls 6886 – My new TNT dress pattern

Wow! I knew I’d been away for awhile but didn’t realize for just how long.  I’m sure it’s partially because I’ve worn and sewn some pieces that I thought would be great for the blog but sadly have just not had time to photograph.  I have been working like crazy over the past few months and by the time I get home it’s pretty dark.  I used to take my photos in the house but since I started taking them outside I try to avoid the in-house pics as much as possible.  Anyway . . . the temps around here are warming up and since I knew the hottest day of the week was coming up, I decided to make a new dress, but it had to be quick.  This McCalls pattern definitely fit the bill.  This dress is simple and cute and the pattern offers lots of options for length, neckline and sleeve length so you can have lots of fun with it.

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Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESSES: Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline variations, and stitched hems. E and F: neck bands.
Designed for medium-weight moderate stretch knits.

Pattern Sizing: 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? Super, I didn’t need them though because the dress is just that easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the style of the dress but I love the ease of putting it together only 3 easy pieces for this version

Fabric Used: I used an ITY for this version

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made View C beause I love the open neckline but made it with short sleeves. I also pegged the hem a bit for a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Uhhhh Yeah! Pronto!

Conclusion: This is a great looking and easy dress to make. It has multiple lengths and neckline options so you can make many versions of this dress and have them all look different.

DIY M6400 – Metallic Blue and Distressed Denim

I made this top sometime ago, in fact TWO YEARS ago and never wore it because I didn’t like the way it fit.  I’d actually planned to give it to my sister when she came to visit but didn’t remember where I had put it.  Lucky me.  While going through one of my fabric bins looking for something else, I happened upon this and decided to try it again.  SCORE!

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I decided to go with more casual styling but wanted to show how with just the change of a shoe, the outfit can go from casual to dressy casual in a flash.

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I got these jeans from Forever 21 and I love them.  I’ve been trying to find new places to buy jeans and so far I’ve had good luck with these.  Yes,  I have on two watches because I was trying to decide which one and didn’t realize I had kept them both on until after we’d take all the pictures.

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Pattern Description: MISSES’ TOPS: Close Fitting (doesn’t that just say it all).

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Didn’t even use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a super quick make.  I actually cut it and sewed it before work one morning but of course didn’t get to wear it.

Fabric Used: A metallic knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I am quite busty so I made the XXL which is supposedly a size 24-26 AND added about an inch to the side seams.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not.So.Much. Other people have had success with it and it is cute so give it a try.

Conclusion: This is a cute top that works up quickly BUT, it seems rather odd that a top of this style would be drafted as “close fitting”. Additionally, I don’t think it’s drafted true to size as it seems to run kind of small.

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DIY Oversized Knit Tunic M6929

Hey!  So by now you know that I recently went to New York.  I am notoriously cold natured and am always worrying about getting stuck somewhere and  being cold.  So as I prepared for my trip, I was thinking about what I could wear on the airplane to keep me warm.  Of course I needed to go looking for new patterns because I don’t have enough *blank stare* and I ran across McCall’s 6929.  I made view A even though I think that view is meant to actually be a shirt and  sized up so it would be over sized and long enough to wear with leggings.  I also liked it better because it had the cowl versus the V-neck which would let in too much air.

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I LOVE this thing, like no really love it but it is the single most confusing piece of something I have ever sewn.  With only two darts and three seams, it’s not the sewing that’s the issue is the weird alien like pattern pieces, not knowing which way is up and trying to make sure you’re sewing the pieces together in the right place.  I tried to figure it out by reading the instructions but eventually I just gave up and followed the pictures.  It didn’t make it any easier that I was using ponte knit which looks the same on both sides but even with that I was literally able to sew this up and walk out the house wearing it an hour later.

 Pattern Review 

Pattern Description:  MISSES’ TOPS, TUNICS AND BELT: Very loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunics (cut on crosswise grain) sleeve openings and narrow hem. Note: sleeve openings are slightly to the back. B: buttonholes for self belt. A and B: draped front, and raised, gathered back neckline. C and D: shaped front hemline, wrong side shows.

Pattern Sizing: Combinations: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  The actual instructions were super simple, however the construction was a challenge because these are the oddest pattern pieces ever. Once you figure out what’s what, it goes really quickly.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love the style and how depending on the fabric chose it can be clothing or outerwear.

Fabric Used: Ponte Knit from Fabric Mart

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes necessary

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am absolutely going to make this again, and again. I would definitely recommend it

Conclusion:  A great transition piece for Fall and great for beginners.

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