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McCalls 7493 Regency Inspired Dress

Dearest Readers,

I am Anna from Anna Bodewig Vintage. Today I would love to share with you my latest dressmaking project.

The pattern I used for this project is McCalls 7493 View C. I really fell in love with this regency inspired dress. The dress features are simple yet elegant and very much a timeless classic making it a versatile item in your wardrobe. The only thing I changed were the sleeves. I had no desire to make puff sleeves. Instead I used this tutorial from Threads to draft my own sleeves. It may sound intimidating, but it was not difficult at all. The result was, in my humble opinion, a good fitting elbow length straight sleeve.

Picking the right fabric was key to make a striking, elegant and classical dress. When I spotted the Armania Stretch Silky Satin Fabric in bottle green I knew I had found the right one.

Working with silky fabrics can be very difficult but this one was surprisingly easy to work and sew with. It has such a beautiful soft drape, a fine texture, an elegant shimmer and feels wonderful on the skin. I was very happy to work with it and find it a great bargain for its wonderful qualities. It hugs my curves very gratefully and does not feel like a typical polyester type fabric. I will definitely re-order this stretch silky sateen in a different colour and make another dress from it. You can choose from 23 colours I believe, which will make it hard to decide for me. Dusky pink is my current favourite though.

One more tip I would like to give you if you should decide to make McCalls 7493 too. The pattern is suggesting to ease stitch the front skirt piece which will lead to a slightly gathered look under your bust. I made a muslin before working with the sateen and thought it looked rather pucker-y than eased. Solving this problem I measured the bottom edge of my bodice front piece and compared the measurement with my skirt front piece. In my size the skirt pattern was 2,5cm (1”) longer than the bodice. I drew a line 2,5cm away from the center front on my skirt pattern front and thus created my new center front line. Cut along this new line and you have a smooth skirt front piece. In my opinion a nicer and more professional looking result but feel free to create your garment the way you like.

Furthermore, I installed a lapped zipper instead of creating the regency style button closure in the back, taking into consideration that my husband had to struggle with the button closure. When you want to install a zipper like I did, be that an invisible or a normal zipper, just use the bodice back lining pattern for both your outer main dress fabric and your lining fabric likewise.

That sums up all the tips I can give you to McCalls 7493. If you should have however any questions please feel free to reach out to me via Instagram and I will be glad to help you.

Happy sewing,

Anna Bodewig Vintage

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