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    Blog — dressmaking

    McCalls M7969

    McCalls M7969

    We have been swept up with the #M7969 craze. If you haven’t seen this dress in person, take a minute to browse the hashtag on Instagram. Like so many others, the voluminous sleeves were what caught our attention.  They have an interesting shape, and make for the perfect statement sleeve. We also love the easy to fit cross body front, and relatively simple construction (if you don’t mind gathers that is!)

    We wanted to show you how this pattern looks sewn up in a few bof our favorite fabrics from the shop.  

    The Pattern:

    The dress is a McCall’s pattern, and is number M7969. It is available directly from McCalls, in both print and pdf. While we tend to sew the majority of our garments from Indie Sewing patterns, every once and a while a “Big Four” pattern comes along that we can’t pass up.

    The Fabrics:

    Elise has made this top several times before, and was the inspiration for finally sewing up this pattern. She chose to sew her top in a shop favorite, our Cairo Linen, in “Avocado Green” It is the perfect chartreuse green, giving us glimmers of spring. If you have been around for a while, you know that Cairo Linen is one of our most popular fabrics, and we currently have 11 colors in stock.  It has an  washed finish, lending it soft and lived in feeling. We love how the structure of the linen really accentuates the volume of the sleeves.

    Jessamy chose to sew her dress in the  Seed Viscose from Atelier Brunette in “Cedar” This beautiful embossed crepe has a subtle texture and beautiful drape, perfect for the sleeves on this dress. We love how soft and fluid this fabric is for the gathered skirt.

    Sizing:

    Elise sewed the XXL size, based on bust measurement of 48" The only alterations Elise made to her pattern was to sew the dress as a top! To do this you simply cut the “skirt” at your preferred top length, then proceed with the pattern as written.

    Jessamy sewed the size Small, based on her bust measurement of 33” The only alterations Jessamy made was to use the whole width of fabric to cut her skirt pieces. This makes for a fuller skirt, which works well for more fluid fabrics like viscose and rayon.

    Jessamy standing in her #M7969 dress in a green viscose fabric

    We think that this dress is very versatile, and perfect for all seasons. Other fabrics we have in stock that would be perfect for it are:  European Linen, or a linen blend like  Bizet Linen. We also think a double gauze version would be great for spring! There are so many possibilities!

    We hope you enjoyed this look at how the same pattern looks sewn in two different fabrics, and that we have inspired you to start some spring sewing.