Completed: McCall’s 7119

22 Jul

Allow me to introduce you to my ridiculous summer sundress for 2015.

McCall's 7119I guess it’s not really that ridiculous, but it feels a little over-the-top (for me, that’s a good thing haha). This is totally the time of year for getting away with this sort of loud dressing, but I haven’t really taken advantage of it until now! McCall's 7119

McCall's 7119I used McCall’s 7119 to make this, which was originally sent to me by the McCall Pattern Company (contrary to popular belief, I usually buy my Big 4 patterns because I live in the mystical land of $1 Joann sales, but I’ll take free, too haha). I really love the photo on the envelope and was dying to make my own. I was not, however, dying to plunk down $$ for the 3 yards of fabric necessary to make this sucker up. Damn wrap dresses and long maxi-lengths! As if! McCall's 7119

Anyway, I noticed that this blue cotton poplin paisley went on massive sale at Mood Fabrics for all of $4.99 a yard, and I realized that it was perfect – both in weight and cost – for the dress I was wanting to make. I’ve never been a huge fan of paisley – I’ve made a couple garments in the past with beautiful pieces of paisley fabric, yes (and I have a couple more pieces in my stash as of this writing), but for the most part, I’ve always considered it to be kind of an ugly print. Mostly because it reminds me of the horrible ties that my dad used to work to work in the early 90s haha. Sorry, dad! This paisley, though, is definitely much prettier (or that could be the $5 price tag talking to me, I dunno!). I think it’s due to the monochromatic color scheme, which tones down the tack and lets you focus on the pretty design. Or, again, could be that $5 price tag. Whatever.

McCall's 7119Despite this fabric being inexpensive, it’s not cheap. It has a really nice hand and drape, the colors are beautiful and saturated, and it’s opaque enough to not warrant a lining. The right and wrong side are almost identical, which is good for this sort of dress – as you can see the wrong side through the back hem dip. The fabric cut & sewed like a dream, and it is fairly good at resisting wrinkling (see: these photos after a day of wearing). It also feels reeeeeal nice in this heat, a bonus! McCall's 7119

McCall's 7119The pattern was easy enough to make up – I finished it over a long marathon sewing weekend. I started with a size 6 at the bust and an 8 at the waist/hip, based on the finished measurements. I did make a quick little muslin mock-up of just the bodice, to see how the fit was before I cut into my fabric. The bodice fit well enough, except that the center front gaped like crazy! Surprisingly, the easiest fix was also the most efficient fix – I raised the shoulders by 3/8″, and then took 1/4″ off the side seams starting at the underarm and tapering into the existing seamline below the bust dart. I do think the bust darts are a little high – I should have lowered them after raising the shoulders – but the fit is pretty nice as-is, and the print is busy enough to where you can’t see it. Also, I don’t know what the horizontal fold/wrinkle is doing over my boob. I think it’s from how I’m standing, because it’s normally not there. Except, of course, in these pictures, and it’s making my eye twitch. Argh!

The last fitting alteration I made was right at the end – where I took off a massive amount of skirt length. I don’t even know how much, because I kept chopping and chopping. I started with about 4″ off the pattern tissue itself – because the measurements on the back showed that the back dip would drag the floor on me (I’m 5’2″, so, yeah). Upon finishing the dress – well, apart from the hem and closing up the facings – I realized it was still waaaay too long and the whole thing – print+style combo – was totally overwhelming on me. I just kept cutting that hem, and curving into the front wrap (definitely don’t cut too much off the front wrap or you’ll end up with something very indecent!) until the length looked good. McCall's 7119

To sew this up, I used a brand new 70/10 Microtex needle and navy thread. The seams are all French seams – except where the hole is in the side seam (to feed the waist tie through), that one is just turned under and topstitched. I finished the neckline facing with tiny little invisible hand stitches, and the bottom hem is machine rolled. I think that’s it? Pretty straightforward pattern if you ask me!

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McCall's 7119I don’t know what possessed me to drag the dressform outside for these photos. I mean, they look really nice, but holy hell that thing is heavy! Never doing that again lolol McCall's 7119

McCall's 7119Here’s the inside – look where my fingers are pointing, you can see the hole for the waist tie. There is also a tiny snap right at the bust where the wrap crosses over, to prevent any northern wardrobe malfunctions. Due to theΒ  wrap, a big gust of wind will definitely show some leg at the skirt. I’m ok with this, though. Legggsssssss. Also, see how similar the right and wrong side look? Because of my finishing, it’s actually hard to tell when the dress is inside-out! I have to look for the French seams πŸ™‚ haha! McCall's 7119

Overall, I enjoyed working with this pattern and I’m definitely not opposed to making it up again – although probably a different view, because this particular one is a little fancy for my daily use. I’d like to try the shorter, mullet-less skirt with some contrast on the facings. Maybe in a silk? Fancy without really being fancy, yeah?

Note: Every month, Mood Fabrics gives me an allowance to purchase fabric with, in exchange for writing a post on the Mood Sewing Network. This fabric was purchased with that allowance. The pattern was also given to me by the McCall Pattern Company. I like to think it’s because they love me, because I am forever an optimist πŸ™‚


66 Responses to “Completed: McCall’s 7119”

  1. Birgit July 22, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    That seems to me like the perfect sundress! I really like this pattern.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

      Thank you! I agree, it’s pretty perfect as far as a sundress goes πŸ™‚

  2. UtaC July 22, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Its pretty.. πŸ™‚ well made… I like the idea of the mannequin in the outdoors.. so awesome.. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

      Haha, I do like the way those photos turned out – but getting the mannequin outside was harder than I thought it would be! That thing is heavy! πŸ˜›

      • UtaC July 23, 2015 at 7:33 am #

        It does look heavy duty…:)

  3. Heather M July 22, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    Very nice! Flawless sewing as usual. I’m just starting to make garments that are not solid colors, it is different!

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

      It is different! I always gravitate toward prints when I’m looking at fabrics, but I tend to sew more solid colors because I find them so versatile. It’s nice to brand out into prints though πŸ™‚

  4. Reginasaurusrex July 22, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    So pretty! I’m tempted to pick up this pattern but I already have about 1 billion patterns and should probably try to use them first!

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

      Totally understand that! I don’t even know if I’d ever get through all the patterns I own at this point haha πŸ™‚

  5. mahlicadesigns July 22, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    I like the shape of the dress at the back neckline and that font doesn’t seem to plunge as deeply as a lot of wrap fronts. I don’t like offering a peep show.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

      Yeah, those were my favorite parts too! The back has some interesting detail, and the front is relatively modest without being frumpy. It’s different, and I like that about it!

  6. Caitlyn M. July 22, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    If you ever decide that you don’t like the paisley, I’d be more than happy to take the dress off your hands. πŸ˜‰ I love paisley, especially bright, monochrome ones like the one you used, and the dress looks pretty comfy for those 90+ degree days where there’s 100% humidity and yet somehow it’s not actually raining.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

      haha! I’ll be sure to let you know if I ever end up falling out of love with this fabric πŸ˜‰

  7. carolinascallin July 22, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    What a great dress – and I love how it looks on you! I’d skipped over this pattern because for me, until my arms are in better shape, it’s a ‘no’…! But one of my daughters loves this cut and it would look fab on her!

    Love the fabric, too! I usually think of a knit for these, so it’s great to see your fabric and think about going a different route. That color is super flattering on you, too!

    Very nice job!

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

      I’m the same way – I usually think knits for wrap dresses (blame it on ol’ DVF, I guess!). They’re definitely less fuss to fit and INFINITELY more comfortable. But the woven version turned out pretty classy, I think. And yes, make one of these for your daughter! I bet she’d look fabulous in it πŸ˜€

  8. ann July 22, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    Beautiful dress! Not “loud” at all — an exuberant pattern! Looks very lovey.

  9. Leslie July 22, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    I really like this dress on you. Very, very pretty.

  10. Jane July 22, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Love it! The color, the fabric, the design. Fantastic.I picked this one up to remake an old sundress from – dare I say it – the 90s (fortunately not paisley). Seeing your version has lit the fire. And it’s good to know to watch the length, I’m a 5’2″ chica too.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Ooh, sounds like your version is going to be ace! And no hate on 90s fashion (well, other than paisley πŸ˜› lol). I’ll totally wear that shit a second time ’round πŸ™‚

  11. Mary Lewis, YarnTangler July 22, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    I really like this dress, well done!

  12. Kyema July 22, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Holy Shit. I think this is my favorite thing ever. It’s so perfect for the beach and I need one in my life at this very moment! You look stunning in that dress, color, paisleys, all of it! Sorry, I’ll quit being a creepy now. I just love it so much! πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

      Not creepy at all! You DEFINITELY need one for the beach! What are ya waiting for? πŸ˜‰

  13. Miss Celie July 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Very pretty. I love wrap dresses so much. And that color is great on you.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      Thanks, Renee! I love wrap dresses too – so effortlessly classy. And good for buffets, hahahahaha.

  14. ellegeemakes July 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    I admit – I’m reluctant to wear prints too, but this one is a winner. Gorgeous dress…I’ve been tempted by that pattern. Might have to try it!

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Thank you! I think you should try it – I enjoyed working with it (and wearing it!).

  15. Logan July 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Prints can be so daunting, but you totally sell this one and the pattern too. Great dress.

  16. Sarah Edwards July 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Looks beautiful on you Lauren!

  17. Ines July 22, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    Love it! I’m getting this pattern, yours is prettier, i just did not like at all that zig zag fabric on the photo of it, and since i have no imagination at all, just hated it. Now I love it, plus I noticed it can be made with sleeves! A need for me. Anyways you look great in it!

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

      Glad I could sway ya πŸ™‚ haha! I’m interested to see what the sleeve version looks like – you’ll have to let me see when you make it up πŸ˜€

  18. mertxelasierra July 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    I don’t know why you say it’s a ridiculous dres, I find it pretty normal! I love paisley, and the blue colour is radiant, and perfect for the pattern. The result is very becoming on you, although the amount of arrangements you mention to solve the fitting problems do not make this a good pattern, I believe. The horizontal wrinkle might be caused by your strapless bra, maybe?
    Good job, girl, faultlessly made, and all Frech seamed, olala!

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

      Naw, I don’t think it’s fair to say that it’s a bad pattern because I made a few fit modifications. Since patterns are drafted to fit the average body, most everyone is going to have to make *some* sort of modification since none of us are really average. Mine were because I am petite (the length and raising the shoulders) and that I needed less ease at the bust (my bust measurement is slightly smaller than the finished bust measurement of the pattern, so, again, that’s not surprising). It’s not as if the pattern pieces were wildly off and didn’t match up or anything. That was all fine πŸ™‚

      You are probably right about the strapless bra making that wrinkle. I hate that bra! Need to make a new one.

  19. Kat @ House of Lane July 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Oh I was just looking at this pattern yesterday. Now I’m kicking myself for not buying it. Your version is gorgeous and I love the blue on you.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

      Go back and get it! There is still timeeee!! haha πŸ™‚

  20. Cathy July 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Love the fabric! It’s a very pretty dress. Nice job!

  21. sewing with kate July 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    Great dress. I think a mini terry towel beach dress would be awesome in this pattern!

    • LLADYBIRD July 24, 2015 at 8:36 am #

      Omg that would be pretty cool! Are you gonna make it?? πŸ˜€

  22. Becky Thompson July 23, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    Lauren, what a beautiful lady you are in that dress! I absolutely love it! It screams summer…so lightweight, flowy, and feminine. The paisley is gorgeous and your opinion of it definitely needs updating. Due to my need for an FBA on everything, I envy those who can wear that neckline style because I can’t bring myself to allow bra straps to show no matter how pretty they are. View D (cap sleeves) might work for me but I also shy away from wraps because sometimes my cup runneth over, ya know? Since there is a snap, that might make a difference. I think you’d look great in that shorter sleeveless view too. In all, I think this make is a huge success for you!

    • LLADYBIRD July 24, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Thank you so much! I urge you to try this style of neckline – I think you’d be surprised at how wearable it is for even the fuller cup. I used to have to do a FBA on all my garments – you know, back when I had boobs ::sob:: and as long as you give yourself enough room, this style is absolutely perfect – if not insanely flattering (and the extra snap helps, too, to keep things modest if that’s what you want!). As far as bra straps go, I just wear a strapless bra πŸ™‚ Works good enough for me! I would think one of those convertible-style strap bras would also work too, if you can’t go full-on strapless.

  23. Kit July 23, 2015 at 5:38 am #

    Love, love, love! You nailed it again!

  24. Veronica Darling July 23, 2015 at 6:09 am #

    Hey, this is a great dress on you… that length looks great.. I don’t mind the high-low hem, super sweet! I like the cap sleeve version or whatever you call it!

  25. oonaballoona July 23, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    girl, this dress is the business.

  26. Heather Lou July 23, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    I love this dress, and I think it’s hilarious you find it over the top. It’s blue! Nothing blue has ever been over the top.

    • LLADYBIRD July 24, 2015 at 8:43 am #

      haha! Yeah, calling it over-the-top is probably a bit of a stretch. But I feel like the crazy pattern + long length (it was worse before I cut all them inches off) + mullet hem were almost a bit too much when all thrown together. Almost πŸ˜›

  27. sewnbyashley July 23, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I love this dress! I made two, so easy and lightweight. That fabric is gorgeous.

  28. Dinara July 24, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Nice dress!
    Can you advice how you usually choose fabric for muslin? I want to make one before cutting nice piece of actual fabric, but kind of worry that muslin fitting will be different to final dress.

    • LLADYBIRD July 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      Just make sure you pick a muslin fabric that is similar in weight/drape to your nice fabric. If the nice fabric has any stretch to it, get muslin with the same amount of stretch. It doesn’t have to be actual muslin – it can be any sort of fabric (I generally use bed sheets and old fabrics that I don’t want anymore, ha), as long as it’s similar to the stuff you plan on using for the final garment. That way, you shouldn’t have too many fitting surprises πŸ™‚

      • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

        Thank you for advice – very helpfull! I will try bed sheet :)) good bargain

  29. Tomasa July 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    I love everything about it. The print, the colors, and it fits you beautiuflly!

  30. Margo August 1, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    I didn’t even notice this was a paisley print until you mentioned it. Very pretty. I bought this pattern but haven’t made it because I recently made a high-low dress that I hated… this dress doesn’t seem to have the same exaggerated high-low hem I thought it had…hmm Thanks for the tip on fixing the gaping. I’ll probably run into the same issue. Great dress!

    • LLADYBIRD August 2, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      Oh, the pattern is very high-lo as drafted. Mine is a little less exaggerated because I cut the hem to be that way πŸ™‚

  31. leslie goode July 9, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    I am getting in the sewing mood and wrap dresses are on the agenda! I absolutely love paisley prints and your fabric is just terrific, works so well with this pattern. Of course, you help it to look so stunning – very nice!!

  32. Lourdes Navarrette November 6, 2022 at 4:32 am #

    You are adorable! Love the red hair as much as I love your dress! I beg to differ it’s perfect for day. Play with wearing a T-shirt underneath, that might be more comfortable and appropriate for the office or church. I made the same dress using a chiffon with satin contrasting trim and added length to the ties, so that I could wraparound my waist. Working on another one now. I hope to post photos.πŸ€ͺhowever I can only master one talent at a time. Blogging, Pinterest is an entirely different issue !

  33. Blindimom November 6, 2022 at 4:34 am #

    You are adorable! Love the red hair as much as I love your dress! I beg to differ it’s perfect for day. Play with wearing a T-shirt underneath, that might be more comfortable and appropriate for the office or church. I made the same dress using a chiffon with satin contrasting trim and added length to the ties, so that I could wraparound my waist. Working on another one now. I hope to post photos.πŸ€ͺhowever I can only master one talent at a time. Blogging, Pinterest is an entirely different issue !


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