Pattern Description: McCall’s 7429 is a close-fitting pullover dress has front twist detail at waist and neckline variations. A, C: Sleeveless. A, D: Mock-neck collar. B: Long sleeves. D: Short sleeves. Note: No provisions provided for above waist adjustment.
Pattern Sizing and Other Info: The patterns comes in sizes 6-22. There are no finished measurements on the pattern pieces so I used the standard measurements on the envelope of Bust 44, Waist 37 and Hip 46. My bust measurement is 44 but based on my sloping shoulders, I would normally cut the 20 and adjust the rest of the dress but based on the description of the dress being close fitting, I chose to cut size 22 because I’ve learned over the years to believe them when they say close fitting even if it doesn’t look like it on the pattern envelope. I still struggle sometimes with things that are even body skimming but since I was making this dress to wear on my birthday, I decided to be daring and go with it. I’m glad I did because I think something would be lost if the dress was too loose.
Fabric Used: I used an ITY knit from fabric.com
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had seen this dress on someone who I know is the same height as I am (5’4”) and knew I wanted the dress to be slightly longer, but not as long as View D, because I like my dresses to hit just below the knee so I just added two inches to the hem. I also shortened the sleeves for the view that I made which was View B but I used the shorter sleeve of View D.
Instructions/Construction Method: Up to the point of the construction of the twist, the instructions were fine, after that, they were super confusing because of the upper left front, lower left front, switching the left side of the dress to the right to form the twist detail. I think both the language and diagrams were confusing. I even took the dress apart once because I thought I had put it together incorrectly only to learn that I had, in fact, done it correctly.
I am definitely enamored with the style and I think it’s super flattering on me and everyone else that I’ve seen it on, however, the instructions go completely south when it comes to assembling the dress from the twist on. Luckily I’m confident in my sewing abilities and understand construction so I ended up abandoning the instructions after a bit, laying the dress out first flat on the floor to figure out what went where for the twist and then later pinning the front on my dress form to figure out the construction after the twist. The skirt portion of the dress is actually a wrap skirt which you can’t really detect from the pattern pictures or line drawings but certainly would have been helpful to know at the beginning of construction because all of the pieces are so oddly shaped, it’s hard to blindly tell what actually goes where. The good news is that now that I have successfully made the dress, I could put another one of these together in an afternoon.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This dress gave me fits because of the instructions but once I figured it out, it really is a pretty easy sew. Once I get back on speaking terms with this pattern, I’m sure I’ll make it at least once more because it is very cute and has lots of possibility. Another curvy seamstress Brittany Jones has a YouTube video tutorial some have found helpful. Honestly, the video only confused me more, BUT I know that it has been helpful for a lot of people and we all have different was of learning, so it’s definitely worth giving a shot if you want to make this dress.
Conclusion: This pattern results in a great, very flattering dress and is something that you can make and wear year-round with all of the options, BUT be sure to read through the instructions and study the design lines of the pattern so that you get an idea of the construction of the dress before you start the sewing and proper marking is key. Also, because this skirt is a wrap skirt, if you have any substantial junk in the trunk, the front pieces will not hang evenly like the pictures which is fine because the dress still looks great but can be alarming if you think you’ve done something wrong.
Size Range – 5: With sizes ranging from 6-22 this dress can be made for a variety of figures. Because this dress is so flattering for many figures, it would have been great to see the size range extended to size 24 or above.
Instructions – 2: I’ll give the instructions a 2 because up until the twist they were pretty straight forward.
Construction Process – 4: Aside from the confusing instructions, the actual construction of the dress was pretty easy.
Final Fit – 5 – I think the fit of this dress is AMAZING, even better than I had hoped because I thought the front hem would be uneven based on so many I’d seen made up online but I guess my backside is flat enough not to disturb the lines too much.
Overall Rating – 4.5 I really do love this dress, it’s one of my favorite makes in a long time. I would definitely rate it a 5 if not for the instructions but it’s still better than a 4. I’m always in favor of a dress that is flattering on a lot of people and this one definitely is.