Sunday, 2 August 2015

McCalls 7116 ~ Summer Comfort

So it's August. Meaning we only officially have one month left of a summer we haven't really had yet. Not that I am a huge fan of hot weather, but I like us to have at least some, to appreciate the cool, fresh weather of Autumn when it arrives. But anyways, for now at least, we have sunshine! Not overly warm sunshine but it's comfortable. And look.... I can see the sea again from my sewing room window!!

So with Autumn just around the corner, I thought I'd have a stab at one more summer dress, as this will probably be my last summer make for this year.

Let me introduce McCalls 7116 

It's a style that is very me. Gathered sleeves, gathered bodice, but fitted below the bust, and over the waist and hips, as better shown here by the pattern drawing.
This is View D
I love the detail in this dress. Especially the inverted pleat and little button detail on the sleeves

This one is a close up of the button detail and pleat. The daisy buttons are so cute! I found them HERE at Minerva Crafts

And the wrapover front bodice is cut so well that there is no gaping at all. I made no fit adjustments for any of this dress and everything about it is perfect!
I loved the attached bodice facing on the pattern and that the back neck edge was finished with a bias facing (cut in the same fabric). This is by far the best and neatest finish faux wrap bodice method I have done to date and will apply this method for future projects.

This dress is also a very practical style for me to wear. I used a printed cotton jersey from Croft Mill although sadly it's no longer available. It's only of tee shirt weight but should we get any hot weather(!), this will keep me nice and cool without being exposed to the sun. And being jersey, I was able to make this up without needing to insert the zip! I tacked everything together first to make sure I could get it over my head and Bingo! So with no fit adjustment and no zip, this made up in no time at all. (well it would have done had I made it on one swoop!) I think it's actually taken me about a month off and on. I don't get much sewing time in summer

I used my walking foot for all of this apart from the side seams where I used the overlocker. That walking foot was a darn good investment!

Absolutely love this little dress. A great make, a great wear, and I can't recommend the pattern enough.

To read my Sewing Pattern Review Click Here

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x


  1. Love your dress and yes those buttons are very cute. The dress fits you beautifully!

  2. That is such a pretty dress - fabric, style - and the two go together like they were made for each other. I do hope you get an Indian Summer - this dress needs outings :)

    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. No sign of that indian summer yet.... or any summer for that matter!

  3. Very pretty dress! Love all the details and the fabric is so summery :)

  4. I just saw your review, and now with the extra photos, I've got to say, this is an absolute winner. Great fabric, and sleeves, but this is all about the fit, and it is spectacular. It was a hot day for us yesterday, and I hope you get some hot days too, as this deserves an outing. Regards TS

    1. Thank you for the lovely comments :) Unfortunately our weather has not been so lovely! But there is time yet.... just! x

  5. I am here from and love this dress. Love the buttons, and the fabric, etc. TFS, Annette

  6. what a gorgeous pattern- love the shape and detail. Your fabric is uber lovely, would of guessed it was jersey at the start. Fingers crossed for some sunshine Dawn x

    1. Thanks Amanda! Getting the sun and a day off to work together is proving rather hard lol. This is gonna be a winter holiday dress me thinks! x