‘that’ dress, but without ‘those’ sleeves!

A review of McCalls Dresses M7969

Reviewed by Sew Dainty on 27th July, 2021

Ok, I’m pretty sure you recognise this dress, but something about it is different.

I have watched and watched this pattern for so long, never a day without it popping up in my Instagram feed, and finally I have no choice but to make it myself and see what all the fuss is about!

I can confirm that I can totally see what all the fuss is about and I am very surprised to be saying that I am absolutely head over heels with it.

Right then, those sleeves…

I totally love the great big sleeves that are the reason why this pattern is so popular, but being honest with myself I just wouldn’t wear it as much with those sleeves. I know for a fact that I would be giving myself whiplash on a regular basis by catching them on every door handle I walked past! I also like to layer my dresses with cardigans in the cooler months and so a short sleeve was more practical for me.

I simply used the other sleeve pattern piece that comes with this pattern which is much slimmer, and cut it to the length that I wanted, added some elastic on the wrong side of the sleeve and hey presto! a cute gathered short sleeve without all that volume.

I also added a smidge more to the length of the skirt. Oh and the pattern doesn’t have pockets, so I added those to the side seams of the skirt too.

I love the faux wrap and particularly like the tidy bias strip all around the neck edge,  finish this by hand for a really neat and rewarding strip.

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Happy sewing!

Kathy x