When I first moved back to Kent, I decided to enrol in another sewing course. The course worked really well with work as it was on Wednesday evenings for two hours over a ten week period. Our course tutor asked us all to bring in a pattern to work on. As I was the only one out of our group that had a little dressmaking experience I decided to challenge myself. Enter the McCall’s M7084…..
I decided to make style D. The fullness of the skirt and the collar really appealed to me.
The pattern had a number of different techniques which I had not yet tried out. These were:
- Buttons on an actual garment (I had sewn practice ones on a scrap piece of material)
- Collar and front bands
- Princess seams
Based on my measurements I cut out the size 16 and I feel like I could have cut a smaller size at the hips. I ended up taking the seam in at the hips by about 1.5 inches. The pattern had a whopping 23 pieces I needed to cut out! That took up the majority of the time and the actual sewing was quite quick and enjoyable.
The material I used was a navy swallows cotton poplin from Higgs & Higgs which you can still buy here. The material feels absolutely lovely and was a pleasure to work with.
As you can see on the pattern packet, style D was meant to have cuffed sleeves. After making up the bodice and skirt, I decided I didn’t want to add in any more fulness, so I decided to use style B’s sleeves.
I am still not 100% sure on the sleeves, I feel they are now a little too baggy and vintage looking for my personal style. What do you think?
Although I am not too sure on the sleeves, I absolutely love the fullness of the skirt. It feels so nice to wear! Just look at how many godets there are!
I decided not to line the bodice of the dress, and as the material does not fray I finished the seams off with pinking shears. I did however line the skirt as I can then wear the dress without tights. I am always worried that the material is slightly see through so I tend to line the bottom of dresses. The lining I used was a gorgeous silky lining fabric brought from a small fabric store in Hythe. It feels so luxurious and I love how it has a slight polka dot pattern!
The only challenge I really faced was cutting through the one of the button holes! I spent the end of sewing class chatting away to the other sewists whilst I was cutting the button holes and I was clearly not paying attention! You cannot really notice it from a distance which is good!
What I think overall
Overall I am pretty pleased with how the dress came out. Next time I would quite like to make style A, with a much less fuller skirt. Maybe next summer!
Have you made this style before? Let me know what you think in the comments!