This is my third attempt at McCall’s 2401, and I think I am finally done tweaking the fit! This is an easy pattern to whip up, and it has lots of potential for different looks. Kind of funny, though, that I keep sewing the same view! I do envision making some long sleeved versions in double knit for fall/winter.
This dress is made from a really nice Robert Kaufman pique (circa 1992) that I recently found packed away in the garage. I have a lot of this fabric, and I like the print, so I thought it was perfect for another go-round with this pattern.
I assume the fabric is 100% cotton, but it washed/dried like a dream with no wrinkles. I added 7/8” to the bodice length and several inches to the skirt length, lined it with batiste, and used an invisible zipper. Oh, and something else: I used a blind-hem foot for the first time, and it worked like a charm! Soooo much faster than hemming by hand. This will probably be worn with a cardigan and thin belt in fuchsia.
You know what else was in the packing box with this fabric? These maternity patterns from the 80s! I'd forgotten that there was a line of Dynasty patterns. The Vogue pattern was clearly inspired by Princess Diana. I made both of these way back when, but I didn't add the shoulder pads!
Next up? I'm working on McCall's 5974. I've made this once before in a 14; this time, I'm trying out a 12. For this iteration, because I'm not exactly sure how well this size will work for me, I'm using a recent Fabric.com purchase that I picked up on sale for $2.39 a yard. If I don't like the fit (or the fabric), it won't be the end of the world.
Shoe love: These Cole Haan shoes are the latest additions to my closet. They're incredibly comfortable, and since they were on sale, I bought them in 3 shades: black, red, and cove (sand) patent.
Happy sewing! ~ Peggy