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McCalls 7116


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I’ve had this pattern for quite some time but for some reason never got round to using it, big mistake as I love it.  The empire line and A line skirt suit my straight up and down shape perfectly and I made view B as it’s quite a trendy silhouette at the moment.  I used an organic cotton Poplin from Spotlight in Singapore which is not one of the suggested fabrics but it was ok.  I’ve never worked with this fabric before but I love how easy it is to sew with especially after the silk chiffon on my shirt project.  I loved it so much that I bought some more for another summer dress which I’m currently working on.

This pattern is very easy and I could have completed it in a couple of hours if I’d had a zipper and elastic to hand.  The instructions are easy to follow but it is quite short which I didn’t realise until I had already cut it out.  I decided to do a faced hem which actually worked really well!

I used the bottom of the skirt pattern to cut the hem facing
I folded the top of the hem facing instead of serging
I ended up with a nice deep hem which makes the skirt hang well
The elasticated neckline
I inserted an invisible side zipper instead of a centred one
The sleeves are only elasticated at the sides which makes them more comfortable

I will definitely use this pattern again, perhaps one of the other views next time though and in a fabric with more drape.



One thought on “McCalls 7116

  1. Love how this turned out. I was just about to make View D but now that I’ve seen yours, I’m thinking I actually love that style more. Thank you for the type on the length as I will keep that in mind.


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