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Tie-Front Safari Dress: McCall 7429

Hey! As always, I’m excited to be back on the Minerva blog to share my review of this stunning Knit Fabric. When I came across the beautiful Lady McElroy Safari Stretch Scuba Jersey Knit Dress Fabric, I knew I needed to have it. I immediately started looking for dress patterns and stalked my postman for days. I was blown away by this fabric once it arrived. The bold colors are breathtaking, especially in person; I could not resist draping it on my mannequin before pre-washing. I wanted to stare at the fabric whenever I was in my sewing space for a few days, lol. Am I the only one that does that? 

I decided to use McCall 7429 to create this dress, but it took me a few days to cut the pattern and fabric. For one, there were no finished measurements on the envelope or printed on the pattern paper. I ended up emailing McCall Company. However, they confirmed that the McCall 7429 pattern did not have finished measurements available. After reading other bloggers review, I could not find any recommendations regarding the finished measurements. At this point, I considered cutting the pattern larger and making the necessary adjustments. However, after looking at my past McCall pattern makes, I decided to cut based on my experience. I cut a size 8 for the bodice and the waist, and the hips I cut a size 12. 

During my research, I discovered that several people were having a hard time with the tie front instructions. Luckily, I found a video tutorial that was created by Brittany Jones. After re-considering the pattern a few times, I was ready to cut and sew.

I cut view B and used the sleeves from view D to create this dress. The pattern does not require any notions, which made it a quick garment to complete. Until I reached the tie-front steps, as expected, the steps started to get confusing. I was grateful that I had the video tutorial. After attempting to complete the steps a few times, I decided to walk away before coming back to the garment the next day. With fresh eyes, I was able to complete the steps with ease. After I finally figured out the tie-front steps, the remaining steps were quick and easy to complete. I finished the seams of my dress with my serger and did not make any additional adjustments to the dress fit.

I styled my dress with gold jewelry, cognac sandals, and a green purse.  I love the final look of this dress, and I'm looking forward to wearing it this Fall. I doubt I will make this McCall dress pattern again as it is not very flattering from the side. However, the fabric is stunning, and I wished I had more fabric remaining. I would have made a long cardigan. I highly recommend ordering this fabric for your next project!

Thanks, Minerva for the fabric and thank you for reading. Until next time, Happy Sewing!



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Marion Scott-Baker said:

I just love this! Well done. Just off to buy the pattern! · 25th Mar 2020 05:09pm