McCall's 7381 is a pretty versatile dress pattern, having 2 bodice, 3 sleeve and 2 skirt variations. I actually made a version that isn't shown, view C knotted bodice with the shorter skirt and long sleeves.
I cut a size M and folded a bit out of the circumference of the hem sleeve only so that I could fit it onto my 2 yards of fabric. I also found that I could fit it on over my head quite easily so I left off the snap fastenings on the front bodice overlap and just edge stitched it closed.
If I made the long sleeve version again I'd be tempted to put the sleeve band on before sewing the sleeve seam. It's not as neat a finish, but the sleeve opening is quite small and would not fit onto the free arm of my sewing machine so it was a bit fiddly to do in the round.
The bodice is lined and the front facings are interfaced so the pleats on the outside stay in place nicely.
The fabric is a poly print featuring colourful parrots - the nature print obsession continues! - admittedly this one is a bit more twee than I'd usually pick, but I think the black background helps make it look a bit more grown up!
I really like the finished dress on the dress form, but I am less keen on it on me although I am hoping I can fix it as I'd definitely like to make it again. It looks alright in the photos, but I feel uncomfortable and am constantly fiddling with it. The problems I have are :
- I find the skirt to be quite short even though I took the tiniest hem allowance that I could. I planned to wear this with tights and boots, but even so I feel a bit exposed.
- It's slightly empire line and I think I'd prefer it with a longer bodice so that the waist of the dress hits closer to mine.
- The fabric in the skirt, which is unlined unlike the bodice, is quite static-y and floaty.
I can make these changes for next time, but to try and save this one I'm thinking of adding a border at the hem in some heavy black crepe I have to both lengthen and weigh down the skirt a bit. I'm also thinking about whether I can add a skirt lining to the waist seam without having to unpick anything.
I figure I have nothing to lose, but please do let me know what you think or if you have any other ideas.