Sometimes you want a special dress that screams spring, and for me, this it!
Pattern Name: McCall’s 7086
Size Range: 18W-24W
What size did you make? Graded up to 26W
What are your…..
- Measurements: 48-41-52
- Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
- Height: 5’8
- Bra size: 44D
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take? Other than resizing the pattern I did a swayback adjustment and widened the sleeves. I also cut the skirt in a rectangular shape to work with the border print. This was easy to resize, but took me a while to cut out as I was figuring out the placement of the border print.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you? This pattern goes together well and the instructions are easy to follow. The only problem for me was the cummerbund/knot detail at the waist and getting it to look good and not show the backside. I thought about stitching it to the bodice, but figured it needed to move around a bit when you wear it rather than being in a fixed place. It looks really lifeless when hanging on a hanger.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think that the design works well for your body shape? For the most part, I like the fit. I’m not sure that dolman sleeves are my favorite thing and I wish I would have given myself a little more room. This style is what I like to wear and what I feel comfortable in, so I think it works well for me.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make? I’m not sure I need another of these dresses in my wardrobe, so I’m not planning on making it any time in the near future. I have a lot of similar dress patterns that I’d like to try. If I did make this again, I would enlarge the sleeves about an inch.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up? This pattern is easy to make and wouldn’t be too difficult for a beginner to put together. If you have full biceps like me, I would make a muslin first to check the fit and make sure it’s comfortable for you. This is not extremely comfortable for me in the arms as I don’t have a lot of movement with the sleeves and bodice being one piece. I used this method for grading it up and this tutorial for the swayback adjustment.
Pattern Rating (1-5):
- Size range: 4
- Instructions: 5
- Construction process: 5
- Final fit: 4
- Overall rating: 4.5
Overall, this is really one of my favorite dresses. Of course I’m swooning over the fabric, just as I did when I saw the border print cotton sateen online before I bought it. I think I’m going to end up adding under arm gussets to make this fit a little better and be more comfortable to wear. That should fix my issues with it and make it a definite A+.