I’ve wanted to make this dress as soon as I saw the pattern envelope. A fitted wrap dress with a split, and rolled up sleeves. I could never find something similar in shops that fit my 5’0″ stature, so why not try to make one? Not being experienced with pattern fitting and grading, I think I got lucky this time.
Pattern:McCall’s 7185, View B, with separate pieces for cups A/B, C and D.
Size made:US 6-14 included, I made size 6 in cup A/B.
Pattern pieces:11 for view B (without pockets)
Fabric used:Cotton Sateen [97% cotton, 3% spandex], 127cm width, 3m long, made in China, bought from Spotlight
New Techniques used:First time trying a true wrap design; Making buttonholes; Sleeve tabs.
Modifications: Eliminated pockets.
I think I got lucky this time, making a somewhat fitted garment with reasonable results, without making any adjustments or pattern grading, while cutting a size that clearly deviates from what is suggested by the company. It was stressful every step of the way, not knowing if it would fit or not and whether the garment is wearable in the end! The most sensible thing to do is to make a muslin, but I just don’t have the motivation to do so…gotta thank my lucky stars.