Typically I’m a selfish sewist (only sewing for myself and clients) but occasionally I create items for my family. My sister sent me a photo from Instagram of an gingham off-the-shoulder dress with peplum sleeve (sorry I can’t find the photo) back in April. This is usually her way of asking for something. Since these dress are a pretty quick sew I agreed to make it for her.
I sent her the photo of McCalls 7543 envelope art and she selected the split sleeve over the peplum sleeve that was on the inspiration dress. Awesome as that was easier for me! I decided on the View D hem, again for ease for me!
I grabbed this gingham fabric from Joann’s, it’s a tad heavy for this dress but it works. Sadly I can’t find this fabric on their website, but it came in black, navy and red – I believe.
The pattern was very straightforward, my mix of Views C & D is 5 pieces (front, back, 2 piece sleeve and pocket). In order to avoid sewing a narrow hem along the curved sleeve ties I lined the sleeves. I didn’t take photos while doing this but if anyone is interested I will do a quick photo (or maybe video) tutorial on them as I will be making one of these for myself.
Lining the sleeves was the only change I made, though next time I think I will open up the sleeve more like Brittany J. Jones did on hers. Hopefully my sister will love this even though she won’t model for the blog so you’re stuck with me!
Are you a selfish sewer? Do you sew for others? Paid clients or family freebies?
Pattern: McCalls 7543
Pattern Description: Pullover tops, tunic and dress have elastic on shoulders and sleeve variations. A: Straps. C: Shaped hemline.
Sizing: XS-M , L-XXL (adults) I sewed a large
Fabric Used: Gingham twill fabric from Joann
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very
Likes: Cute on trend dress that doesn’t take long to make.
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I lined the sleeves.
Would I sew it again? Yes, I plan to make one for myself, probably View C.
Would I recommend it to others? Definitely, great beginners project if you skip the split sleeve .
Conclusion: Easy summer dress pattern!