Jumpsuit Turned Dress: McCalls 7632 & 6955


It’s no secret that I love Fabric Mart, I’m one of their Fabricista’s and blog for them once a month in addition to competing in their Fashion Challenge back in 2015 (I came in second). So it should be no surprise that I am a Premium Member. The premium status is achieved once you spend $150 (before shipping) -OR- by purchasing the yearly Julie’s Picks Swatch Club and once you achieve it you retain that status unless your account is inactive for a year. Premium members receive special offers as well as first dibs to select fabrics.

Peach Linen Blend

This salmon pint tropical print linen/cotton blend arrived in a premium member exclusive special offer email along with 11 other gorgeous prints. I quickly ordered 3.5 yards for just $5.99/yd! You may have seen this fabric because it was eventually offered on the website but then it listed for $19.99/yd and even with a 60% off sale was still $7.99/yd which was $2 more than what I paid. I’m just saying it pays to be a premium member #notanad.


I passed on McCalls 7632 last year because I told myself I had too many jumpsuits patterns. Also I wasn’t sure how practical the one shoulder views were for my lifestyle. But then I saw Overdrive over 30, Erica Bunker and SoVeryJo versions of View C as a dress and realized not grabbing this pattern was a mistake. There were many options for the skirt, gathered, circle or flared and maxi, midi or knee. Since I was looking to create a  fun-flirty dress out of this tropical print I opted for the flared skirt of M6955 (OOP).

I chose these burgundy d’orsay pumps with the bow detail to play up the ties.

The bodice of M7632 fit well. I did was grade from a 18 and the shoulder and bust to a 20 at the waist. I’m currently a 41″ bust and a 36″ waist if that helps you. I really love this bodice and can see myself using it repeatedly. I can’t wait to make the one shoulder tie and one shoulder ruffle next year. The bodice is self lined so that the shoulder ties don’t show a lining fabric as the wrong side will show.

I’m still a little girl at heart, I love a twirl!

I knew the skirt would work with the bodice because the skirt was simple with only side and back seams. I needed the back seam to install the zipper and the side seams would match the bodice side seams. If this skirt had had pleats I would have checked to see where they lined up in reference to the bodice darts. When I lined up the pattern pieces of the skirt of  M6955 with the bodice pieces from M7632 I found the size 20 skirt lined up closet to the size 20 of the bodice, so I cut the 20. I also added two inches to the length because I wanted it to fall lower than mid thigh.  Oh, this skirt also has side seam pockets!


I love how the fabric falls, it was described as semi crisp and that was accurate. It is also described as translucent, but I disagree. I did not line the skirt as I did not feel it was necessary. I was more concerned that the fabric was a tad to thick or crisp for the side ties, but it ended up making nice hefty ties.


Pattern: McCalls 7632 Bodice M6955 skirt

Pattern Description: Close fitting romper and jumpsuits have waist seam, bodice and length variations. A, B, C: Side zipper. D: Back invisible zipper.

Sizing: 6-14, 14-22 I sewed a 18 bust graded to a 20 waist

Difficulty:  2/easy depending the view

Fabric Used: Salmon tropical print linen/cotton blend from Fabric Mart (sold out)

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? The bodice does…

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

Likes: Tie shoulders, V neck

Dislikes: None I really like the jumpsuit  view, but felt this fabric worked better as a dress.

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None to either pattern, I simply frankenpatterned them together.

Would I sew it again? Yes, I’d like to make the tie shoulder jumpsuit view and maybe the one shoulder ruffle view.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes, I think the bodice fits very well.

Conclusion: Fun Flirty dress. M7632 brings the fun with the ties and M6955 brings the flirt with the twirl skirt.



14 responses to “Jumpsuit Turned Dress: McCalls 7632 & 6955”

  1. I did not know about the whole premium member thing with FabricMart. I better get to ordering more fabric! I totally love your version and the skirt you paired with it was perfect. And of course pockets for the win!


    1. Yes. Another excuse to order! Thank you.


  2. The fabric print is so cute and perfect for it!


  3. Your pictures are so adorable! Just had to say that! Especially the twirl one!!! 🙂


  4. I really love how this turned out! Lovely!


  5. I think you look amazing! x x


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  8. Leigh Anne Aguirre Avatar
    Leigh Anne Aguirre

    I absolutely love your dress idea! And it looks absolutely fabulous on you! I have both these patterns, and am currently sewing up the McCall’s dress. From your pic we seem to be of a similar size and I am just curious. Have you ever noticed when sewing up bodices in sizing 18 or so that the shoulders come over to far on your frame? They do on mine, so I actually had to start sewing up size 12 and 14 on the bodices and grading out quite a bit to my bust and then to my waist. Then of course I use a different size for my skirts all together cause well I have like what I like to refer as a double d rear end! I actually never fool with upper bust measurements for the most part, I use the armpit crease to armpit crease and shoulder bone to shoulder bone measurement. Was just curious as to your experience with the fitting on the size 18 bodices in the shoulder area. I might just have to revisit these patterns again and do a frankenpattern redo myself


    1. Thank you! I have had that issue. I often cut the 14/16 shoulder and armhole but take it out to the 16/18 side seam and grade out to the waist if necessary.


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