First up is McCall's 7534.
I do love the look of a wrap dress, but I dislike the potential wardrobe malfunctions that can occur with them so this surplice bodice dress with lots of variations caught my eye. It's quite a basic design, but I like all the views which make it pretty versatile, the fact it has no fastenings and that it can be made in wovens, sheers and knits.
I made View A, minus the belt in this navy and gold bird print crepe. I'm going through a bit of a nature print phase at the moment, my stash is sprinkled with birds and butterflies!
I eliminated the neck facings and just replaced with bias strips of fabric and made extensive changes to the fit of the bodice by draping on my dressform. I really wish I had thought to make a pattern piece at this point mostly so I can easily recreate this dress, but also to see how it compares to the original. I think I will go back and redo it in muslin fabric and create new front bodice pieces.
You can get an idea of what I did from the photos below. The neckline length needed to be significantly shorter and I wanted it to hug more closely to the body as it was gaping a lot. I pinned in some pleats at the waistline, changed the angle of the wrap so that the front pieces no longer extend to the side seams and then I cut off the excess below the waist. I did make sure I could still get it on over my head first!
I only have dress form photos to show you at the moment, but when I make this again (and I will!) I will take some then. I am currently sporting an attractive black eye caused by my skittish cat jumping off my lap and catching me in the face with his back legs. I'm really embarrassed that I look like I have been in a fight, but I feel quite lucky that it's only superficial damage. So for now.....