Fabric: Thrifted cotton plaid
Pattern: McCall’s 7120, View D
I finally decided it was time to work my way through the Sewing StartUp Library class on Craftsy that I had purchased on sale a while ago, and this McCall’s pattern is the one that comes with the class. When you buy the class, you have to specify which size pattern to purchase, so I looked at the measurements and picked a size L based on the bust. Then I began watching the class and apparently, the big 4 uses a high bust measurement.
Is this some big sewing secret that everyone except me knows? I find no mention of this anywhere – not the sewing blogs I read, or the podcasts I listen to, or even the few links I clicked about measuring yourself. It was also mentioned that indie patterns tend to use full bust measurements. I did eventually find this in a very confusing article about measuring yourself on the McCall’s website. However, I had already ordered a size L when I really needed the medium, which was not in the packet I ordered.
I debated attempting to grade the pattern, but in the end, I decided that I was taking this class to learn more about sewing garments, and to focus on the techniques first, then I would worry about fit. That being said, I found the class highly valuable, even though I know my way around the sewing machine quite well. I was very happy with the dress I ended up with (I even managed to match my plaids pretty well – one side seam is perfect, but the other is off about 1/4″).
The dress is definitely too large though. The style and the belt keep it from being a complete throw away, but it will probably turn into an around-the-house-only dress or a pool coverup. But, for a first dress, not too shabby. And while taking the photos for this post, I discovered that my favorite look is where I moved the belt to create an empire waist (being short waisted, this style is more flattering).