Criss Cross Color Block – McCalls 7538


Like many patterns that sit in my pattern drawers, I’ve been meaning to sew this dress for a while now. I knew I wanted to color block this dress but didn’t have any particular fabric selected so it kept getting pushed down on my To Sew list.


A while back I decided to plan out my next few makes and started digging through my stash. Finally I came across this black and white ITY fabric that was left over from a pair of palazzo pants I made years ago and decided to pair it with a black knit piece that was also left over from a another project. If you follow me you know I love B&W and this dress is no exception. Plus we all know that black is slimming so what better color to criss-cross the mid section!


Since I was working with remnants and making up my own view (basically View B with the View C front bodice) my pattern placement didn’t follow the suggested layout. This might be why I totally messed up, the dress was almost done before it started. I cut the front and back of the skirt first because they were the largest pieces, but when I got to the front and back bodice pieces I did not have enough fabric left to cut them on the fold.


Instead the front and back bodice are actually two pieces. I folded the pattern tissue in half and added 1/2″ seam allowance to the center fold. Thankfully with this busy print you can’t quite tell. Besides that error on my part the dress sewed up quickly and easily. I highly recommend that you pin your pattern pieces to your fabric as you cut it because the criss-cross section could be confusing when it comes time to sew it all together.


I do plan to make this again in two solid colors, probably for fall in a ponte or velvet. What colors should I use? Maybe a navy and teal? or ruby and navy? what about burgandy and eggplant? I could see this dress is a tricolor what about red, white and black? Let me know in the comments…


Pattern:  McCalls 7538

Pattern Description: Close-fitting through the bodice top and dresses have separate midriff, neckline, sleeve and skirt variations. A: Contrast right upper front and back, lower front and back, midriff and right sleeve. C: Contrast midriff. Note: No provisions provided for above waist adjustment.

Sizing: 6-14, 14-22. I cut a 14

Difficulty: 2/easy

Fabric Used: B&W printed ITY and black knit remnants from a local fabric store.

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very, just be sure to pin your pattern tissue to the pattern pieces

Likes:  Cute dress, with multiple variations and color block options.

Dislikes: None

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: none, except for cutting the bodice pieces in two pieces because I ran out of fabric.

Would I sew it again? Yes, I would like a fall version in a heavier knit

Would I recommend it to others? Yes

Final Thoughts: Great dress with a ton of options

2 responses to “Criss Cross Color Block – McCalls 7538”

  1. Burgundy and eggplant sounds perfect!

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