Lady in the Blue dress: McCall's 7465
Yall, I love a great fitted knit dress. I mean who doesn’t, right? As much as I would love to make bold streetwear, the truth is, in my line of business, most of my makes need to be office appropriate. Lately, my schedule has been crazy hectic, so I have been selecting projects that I can complete in a day or two from start to finish. And, with the right fabric, McCall's 7465 meets all of my requirements.
I made muslins for this because I wanted to make sure the bodice draped accordingly. It took me two times to get it right. Both of the muslins are wearable, so I am not mad at all that I made them. You can view a picture of the first muslin here and also watch my video for the second muslin in my Instagram story highlights.
My final dress was made using blue french terry knit from hobby lobby. I picked this knit up for 50% off as a part of their winter fabric sale. I love the color, but when you cut into the fabric you're left with fabric balls everywhere. I had to pull out the hand vacuum several times. I did view C, which is short sleeve with no gathers in the skirt. I cut the size eight bodice and size ten skirt. I lengthened the skirt and the bodice a few inches. Lengthening the bodice allowed it to drape over the waistband. The pattern is four pieces: the skirt, the bodice front, bodice back, and neckband. It also calls for elastic insertion at the waistband. I did have trouble attaching the collar this go round, but that was a result of my serger needle breaking midway during the attachment, so I had to make it work. Let me just say that I would love to hug the designer that said, "hey this should be dolman sleeve." Hooray to no sleeve insertion! The pattern is straightforward, beginner friendly, and an intermediate sewist could do the dress from cut to finish in 2 to 3 hours.