Tie-Front Safari Dress: McCall 7429
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 25th March 2020 by Vicki Ormerod
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!
Marion Scott-Baker said:
I just love this! Well done. Just off to buy the pattern! · 25th Mar 2020 05:09pm