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Cap Sleeved Raglan Dress- McCall’s 7122

I recently entered a pattern stash contest on Patternreview.com. This is a great contest for those who can use some motivation to use up their current fabric and pattern stash. It’s one of my goals this year and so far, I’ve been doing a good job!

I bought both pattern and fabric last year in June 2020. McCall’s 7122 is a pattern for a pullover dress which is close-fitting through the bust. It has a neck band and a narrow hem. I made View B with the cap sleeves. The dresses also have options for side slits, back slits and long sleeves. There is also an option to make the top as a tunic to wear with leggings. And speaking of leggings, there is a pattern included to make those as well! The leggings have an elasticized waist and no side seams. This is a great pattern to have in your stash for sure!

This pattern is labeled as easy. The instructions were easy to follow. It is designed for the beginner to learn how to attach a neck band, sew raglan sleeves and sew with knit fabric. I used a double brushed knit to make my dress. This pattern is designed for medium-weight moderate stretch knits including cotton knits, jerseys and interlock.

My favorite part of this dress are the raglan sleeves. I also like the cap sleeved option. I like how fast and easy it is to complete this project.

I plan to use this pattern again. It’s a good pattern to have in your stash especially to make raglan sleeved shirts. A big plus is that it includes a pattern for the leggings.

Happy Sewing!

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Drawstring Shorts: McCall’s 7364

Another pair of shorts! So far, I’ve been sticking to my goal of using up my fabric and pattern stash. I bought both fabric and pattern in 2016! Wow, 5 years ago. I finally used both to make drawstring shorts.

The pattern I used was McCall’s 7364. The fabric is from Joann and is a cotton lawn. I only bought one yard of fabric, I don’t know why, but most likely it’s because I was new to sewing at the time and did an impulse buy. I bought the pattern in 2016 as well but never opened it or used it until now. This is actually my first time learning how to make drawstring shorts. It was easy and fun.

McCall’s 7364 is described as below waist shorts. There is also an option to make straight-leg pants. You will need to purchase drawstring. I made view A which are the shorts with rolled hem. The wrong side shows when you roll up the shorts. . There are options for side-seam, side-front and back patch pockets. I only made the side front pockets for my shorts and opted out of the back patch pockets.

Fabric recommendations are cotton blends, linen, chambray, challis and denim since this pattern is designed for medium-weight woven fabrics. I used a cotton lawn and it was not of medium weight. It was light weight and I see a difference. It looks more like pajama shorts than going out shorts. I still wore them out, lol.

The instructions were easy to follow. The pattern is designed for a beginner.

Design changes that I made is that instead of using a purchased drawstring, I made 1/2 inch bias tape using the same fabric and used that as the drawstring.

Comfy, flowy, cool summer shorts. Happy Sewing!

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Gingham Shorts: McCall’s 8099

I’m getting ready for shorts season. I made these shorts during Me Made May. The pattern I used was McCall’s 8099 also known as #LinaMcCalls.

The recommended fabrics for this pattern are twill, poplin, cotton blends and denim. I used a gingham tropical suiting that I purchased from Fabric.com.

There were a few modifications that I made. First, I didn’t add the button closure on the sides to hold up the rolled part of the shorts. It didn’t work out because I am terrible at making buttonholes. It’s too bad because that was my favorite part of the pattern. Oh well, next time. I also shortened the length since I was not rolling up the shorts.

I really like the way the side front pockets look on these shorts. I also like the way the waistband looks. For the waistband, the pattern calls for 1 1/2 inch elastic so it’s pretty wide.

Cool and comfortable… Happy Sewing!