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The Very Popular McCalls 7969- A Review and 2 Hacks

McCalls 7969 is a very popular pattern. If you search it up on Instagram at #mccalls7969 or #m7969, you will find TONS of posts. It’s fun seeing everyone’s makes of this pattern. I like reading the reviews, what fabrics were used as well as how they hacked it.

McCalls 7969 is described as a very loose-fitting, pullover dress. It has 4 sleeve variations. The dress has a raised waistline. I would say that this is an easy pattern to sew together. It is good for the advanced beginner. You will be sewing a neck binding as well as a binding for the sleeves if you choose View A. You will also be gathering fabric for the top part of the skirt.

For this pattern, I chose View A, which is the most popular view. The sleeves are full and big and billowy. The hem of the front sleeve is slightly higher than the hem of the back sleeve. I really like that detail. The sleeves are my favorite part. It’s the main attraction of this dress. I also really like how the neck binding pulls the wrap bodice altogether. I think it makes it look clean and neat. I chose a diagonal plaid crepe fabric in a midnight navy, lavender and tan color that I bought from Fabric Mart. I didn’t bother to match the diagonals so it looks a little messy. In any case, I am still happy with the end result.

Messy diagonal dresses are my jam…

I read in a few reviews that the neckline is very low. So I made the cross over at the bodice a little tighter so that the neckline wouldn’t be too revealing. That was my first hack. My second hack was that I added ties to the dress. I felt the looseness of the dress was not very flattering on me. So I added ties on the sides of the dress at the waist. The ties can be tied to the front or to the back. I feel the ties, especially when tied to the back, looks a little better because it gives some shape to the dress. This dress is described as a very loose fitting dress and that is 100% true. In fact, I believe you can probably size down and I believe many people who made this dress actually did.

I made a second version except I hacked the dress into a blouse. I didn’t add ties to this one because I liked the looseness of the blouse. I chose a black lawn fabric.

Can’t wait to wear these someday!

Until then, Happy Sewing!

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Simplicity 9101- a 90’s vibe dress

This dress reminds me of a dress that I had in the 90’s. I wore it so often that I actually wore it out. It was so comfortable. There are a few differences such as the fabric was a little more lightweight, the tie went to the back and the dress length was a little longer. But for the most part, it looks just like it. I can’t believe that I accidentally recreated it!

Simplicity 9101 is a pullover dress which comes in two lengths. There is a choice between a drawstring waist or a front wrap tie belt. I made view C but instead of having the skirt a little shorter in the front, I made it all one length.

Fabric choices include chambray, challis, cotton or cotton blends, gingham, linen, and silky types. I chose a tropical suiting gingham for my fabric which is described as a lightweight woven material which is perfect for summer dresses.

You will also need 1/2 inch wide single fold bias tape. The bias tape is used to finish the neckline. I really like the way the neckline turned out. I made sure to press after each step. I also didn’t skip the understitching. I see how much of a difference that makes. The neckline came out so smooth and clean.

I don’t see myself wearing this dress anytime soon but I’m happy that I made it. The accidental recreation of my dress from the 90’s gave me the idea to look at some of my old photos to recreate my favorite dresses. We will see how that goes! 🙂

Until then, Happy Sewing!

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Refashion: Boho pants turned into a Boho dress

I really like the idea of up-cycling and refashioning old clothes into a new item of clothing. It’s fascinating to see the creations that are made from transforming an old or thrifted article of clothing into something new and more modern.

I turned this pair of wide legged boho pants into a dress! I seam ripped the inseam of the pants and then sewed it up into a skirt. There are tons of videos on YouTube with tutorials on how to do this. It’s really easy to do!

For the top part, I removed the elastic at the top and with the extra fabric that was there, I used the top part of a pattern that I have in my stash to fashion a V- neck with straps. I had some leftover black cotton scraps that I used to cut into shoulder straps. I also used the black cotton for the facing. I cut the bodice to fit me and made it into an empire waist. Since there was extra material, I gathered the top part of the skirt.

This dress is the perfect quarantine dress. It’s so comfortable that I’ve worn it many times already. Comparing that to the fact that I haven’t worn this as pants for over 5 years, I’d say that’s a plus! I’m also embarrassed to think that it’s been sitting in my closet unworn for that long. It didn’t spark joy then, but it sparks joy now!

Up-cycling and refashioning is a great way to foster your creativity in sewing. It’s a great way to be resourceful with what you already have in your closet instead of throwing it away. What a fun and fulfilling project… Happy Sewing!

Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.

Fred Rogers