I was recently given the opportunity by Amy…Love Sewing’s editor, to review McCalls 7536 and to go for a photo shoot for the magazine….how cool is that!!!
The pattern, that is free with this month’s mag, has different skirt style options and sleeve options, with two styles of neckline. I think the possibilities are endless for the different vibes that you could get depending on fabric choice and style. Imagine a net petticoat under the full skirt for a 50’s vibe! You could even go longer on the skirt too.
I wanted a casual look for my dress that I could glam up with accessories if I wanted too, so I decided to make view A with the little capped sleeve, ‘V’ neck back and front, and the ‘A’ line skirt. Guthrie and Ghani kindly provided the fabric and I chose a lovely linen/rayon blend chambray because I figured the denim vibe was perfect for what I wanted.
I made a toile for the bodice section only and cut a size 12 for my bust and shoulders (I’m quite square shouldered). I sometimes need to go a little bigger for my waist so I graded out slightly at the waistline from the 12. The fit was really good straight away so the sizing of the pattern was spot on, with just the right amount of ease. I ended up adding about a half inch to the waist length and I made a couple of other minor fit tweaks which were to make the shoulder seams a bit less sloped and to raise the armhole depth about a half inch. I also added 1 inch to the skirt length.
Me and Amy, Love Sewing’s editor
The instructions were quite easy to follow and pretty detailed, however I did a couple of extra steps myself….I added iron-on stay tape down each sloped edge of the neckline within the seam allowance to prevent stretching as the neckline is on the diagonal grain the and I also reinforced the bottom of the ‘v’ with a little piece of interfacing ironed on the wrong side over the ‘V’ area so that when you slash right into the point it helps to prevent fraying.
I couldn’t resist adding in-seam pockets at the side seams of my dress…because, you know…pockets! ….Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets…hehe. I topstitched with two rows down the sides including the pockets and I also stitched all around the waist, hem, neck and sleeves. I used coral pink thread and love the effect of it. By the way to get enough intensity of colour I used two strands of thread and a topstitch needle to accommodate the extra thickness. I rarely use proper topstitch thread as I find it tricky to use. To add a nice finishing touch to the whole dress I lined it in fine white cotton lining which feels so nice and cool to wear.
Can we just talk about the photo shoot now? What a blast I had! It was lovely to meet Amy and also the other ladies who did the photography and makeup…. I loved having my makeup done and took note of how my eye shadow was done and the colours used, which were nice bronze-browns and rust tones. Although I felt a bit nervous to begin with, I really enjoyed the whole experience in the end and had a laugh along the way (I wanted to steal those pink shoes by the way, as they fitted pretty well 😉 ) I love the resulting photos (hope you do too).
It’ll be back to normal on the blog next time with my own photos. I’ve got a couple of sewing projects lined up and hope to share soon. Until then, thanks for stopping by x