To continue my Summer Suck-a-Thon, I finally finished sewing McCall’s 7350. The dress doesn’t totally suck, but it’s a disappointment.
I was attracted to this dress because it reminded me of an Ann Taylor dress I had years ago. The cap kimono sleeve, V-neck, midriff band and full skirt ticks my boxes.
But damn this dress is BULKY. You can’t tell from the pictures, but it’s a faux wrap with a giant back piece that’s cut on the fold and gathered to probably half its size. The midriff detail is double-layered. And the wrap-around bodice also adds bulk to the party in front. AND there is supposed to be elastic in there too! That’s a lot of fabric to tote around – 2.5 yards of 60-inch wide stretch cotton jersey with a “dry” matte finish.
A close-up of center-front reveals some wonkiness where all the layers came together, like a bunch of grumpy people stranded at a bus station. I later unpicked this and sewed it into submission by hand.
Here’s a back view with all the gathering on display. It’s almost like a bustle back there! It’s a fabric hog because of the amount of gathering. You may need to make a center-back seam if if you don’t have 60″ wide fabric. Or, you could just make the back piece smaller to eliminate the bulky gathers. I won’t tell. Honest.
I sewed the bodice back in June. I was disappointed with it, so I tinkered and set it aside, then tinkered some more. Finally I decided to just get it over with. The dress is passable, but not destined to be a favorite.
Here’s all the changes I made to the pattern:
- I cut a size smaller in the bodice than the measurements indicated because several reviewers noted that the bodice had way too much ease. They were right. Even a sizer smaller, the bodice was big. I tapered the side bodice seams 1 cm each side, tapering to nothing at the armscye to eliminate some of the ease.
- Several reviewers also noted that the armscye was rather low, so I raised it an inch. I’m happy with how this came out.
- I hemmed the sleeves 1 cm shorter than called for because as-is, they stuck out a bit like feeble wings.
- I lengthened the bodice an inch – a standard McCall’s adjustment for me. However, because the dress is so bulky and heavy, the fabric drags down a bit. The original bodice length probably would have been fine.
- I took in the midriff 1 cm each side so it would fit more snugly and eliminated elastic that was supposed to be in there. Seemed unnecessary, and I could not handle any more things happening at that midriff area.
- I added 3 inches to the hem, so that the skirt would fall just below the knee. As-is, I think the pattern would be a bit shorter than the pictures indicate.
I am going to wear this to work this week and see how I like it. Maybe it will be a good “laundry day” garment?