Started a new dress project this weekend! Backstory: I love the pattern illustrations on the super popular #v9253
, but after looking at some of the finished projects, I felt like the waist seam was sitting too high on a lot of them so I held off. Then, earlier this summer I was browsing patterns and found @mccallpatterncompany #m7624
(view C)! At first glance the two patterns might not look very similar, but in my brain, it seemed easier to hack this one to be like my inspiration dress—Reformation’s Geneva dress (swipe to the 2nd pic to see). Plus, it has additional features that I like: I love that it has an inset waistband, and I think the gathers for the bust shaping are ultra feminine and pretty. So far, I’ve changed the gathered back bodice to a fitted one by making a center back seam. Other planned mods: Reshaping the neckline a bit to be like the inspo (sorry, mom 😂), thinking about making it a button up from the waist down, and I want to add belt loops and make a tie for the waist. I’m still deciding if I want to add those patch pockets like the Reformation dress—the fabric is pretty lightweight so they wouldn’t (attractively) hold much! My process thus far is detailed in an Instagram highlight. Smaller-sized girls beware if you take this one on: like many of McCall’s patterns, this one in particular has huuuuge amounts of positive ease. I could have cut the smallest size and I’m usually a medium in dresses!
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