I have what will be the last of my summer sewing to share today and it’s a remake of a dress I never shared, so today you get a two for one!
This is a McCalls pattern that came out at the end of last summer. I picked it up because I loved the loose, swinging vibe mixed with these amazing sleeves. I made my first version right before we moved out of a poly crepe and I never really got to wear it much. When I put it on for these pictures I realized how great it was and am going to try to throw it into my nightgown adjacent attire rotation.
For the second dress I knew I wanted to lengthen the bodice and I made it a size smaller. I had *just* enough fabric (that is the theme for this summer apparently) so the sleeves are a little shorter and the skirt is a little narrower, but I love these changes. I think it’s a bit of a different vibe from the first one and it’s so comfortable to wear.
I’ve been seeing this dress pop up on instagram quite a bit lately and I think it’s because it’s a very simple make, I got it sewn up in one nap time!, and it’s loose and cool while still being cute. Perfect for throwing on in these hot final days of summer when we’re all mostly still at home!
I think the maxi version of this dress with the flutter sleeves would be gorgeous in a floral print for spring next year so I may keep that in mind when I’m looking at fabrics. Now that the bodice fits pretty perfectly, I might sew this up one more time. Sewing a pattern multiple times is a little unusual for me, so that’s how you know I love it!
Pattern and version made: This is M7969 and both of these are version A
Size and alterations: The leopard print is a size small, no alterations, and the newest version is an extra small bodice with alterations to the skirt and sleeve made to work with limited fabric. I also lengthened the bodice about an inch and a half, and I prefer where this one hits me.
Fabric Used: The animal print is a poly crepe I got from Blackbird last year and this version is a gorgeous Atelier Brunette rayon challis I picked up from Stylemaker Fabrics.
Final Thoughts: I love this easy dress, especially for summer. Simple to make with fun details that keep it from being too basic. I prefer a little tighter fit in the bodice, simply because the wrap can feel like it’s loose and opening which isn’t ideal, but otherwise love the drafting of this dress. Would recommend this to more beginning sewists has it has no closures and the sleeve is easy to install, even with the gathers, since it is raglan style. I also think you get a lot of bang for your buck with this pattern as all the versions have a very different feel to them.