Wednesday 29 August 2012

Mccall's 2401 - blurry version

Mccall's... here I come! 

Yep, it's my first Mccall's pattern. First impression - fantastic! Once the fitting issue is resolved, I loved how the dress turned out and just how simple it is. I'm already making a second, and less blurry, version of this.  
And yes, I AM wearing my wedding shoes (and again yes, I did wear pink shoes to my wedding!)- they go with the dress rather well, no?

I love this fabric. It's bright, yet blurry and almost make you feel out of focus. It's a cotton with Spandex from my local favourite, Fabricland, at £5 a metre. It's really easy to sew - this was actually my first time sewing with fabric with a bit of stretch, so I used my stretch needle (not sure if it's necessary though?) It was really comfortable to wear too. I enjoyed the whole experience so much that I have already purchased another couple of metres of stretch cotton! It is supposed to be in a beautiful turquoise (I bought it online) and I can't wait to have it. 

Now the pattern - Mccall's claimed that it was easy, and it really was. 2 main pattern pieces for the dress (front and back), the facings and sleeves, and you are done! The whole thing took me half a day from day to finish, which was a record for me, especially for a dress that involves more than just lots of shirring. 

I adore the simple yet classic design - it really helps show off fabrics like this, doesn't it? I would say that you could wear it to all sorts of occasions... but perhaps not with my choice of fabric. For example, the dress code for our dress down Friday is " nothing too disco", so I think this safely rules my blurry dress out. It's definitely too "disco".  

As I mentioned before, there were some fitting issues. This pattern runs from a size 6, which based on its measurements, would fit me fine. However, the envelope suggests that the finished garment has a chest measurement of 34 inches. It may not sound so huge but why would anyone who has a 30.5 measurement want to have that much ease? What does Mccall's think that we are going to do when wearing a shift dress like this? 
So anyway, I made a few adjustments to the size 6 pattern to make it fit me:
  • I made a small bust adjustment and managed to remove the side dart (it's a bit depressing really!) and taken the bodice part of the dress in in width by 1cm or so; 
  • I made a petite adjustment; 
  • I widened all darts by 1cm on each side so taken the dress in at the waist by 8cm in total;
  • I widened the seam allowances by 0.5cm on both sides thereby reducing the overall width by 2cm;
  • I made a wide seam for the zipper; and
  • I shortened the dress by another 5cm (and still made a extra wide hem). 

They may sound rather drastic, but bearing in mind that I was working with a stretch cotton, I really didn't want that much ease at all. So for the second version of the dress that I'm working on, I'm using a not-stretchy-at-all polyester crepe so I'm going to not shrink the dress by as much. but enough about that - you'll soon find out! 


  1. This is so pretty! Simple is perfect when sewing with such a nice statement print. The fit is excellent too! :)

    1. Thank you! This is by far the boldest print I've played with, and I loved it!

  2. great fit, super cute. just found your blog and looking forward to more of your creations.

  3. Lovely. Just been checking this pattern out on PR and come across yours.

    1. Thank you kindly and welcome to my blog :)

  4. I love this dress on you! The fabric is such fun, and the style is super and fits you so well. Great job!

    PS. I just made this in the sleeveless style. It's on my blog I've linked your cute version so readers can see another way to make this up!

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words.

      I really like your version - it's very simple and classy. and thank you for linking my version to it ;-)

  5. The dress made with McCall 2401 looks beautiful! You look comfortable, elegant, happy & at ease in it! Congratulations!


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