McCall’s M7920 helped me get my sewing mojo (my sewjo) back! I always seem to not feel like sewing all winter. Then, once Toronto warms up enough for bare legs, I want to sew ALL THE DRESSES!
The simple silhouette and button front of this dress caught my eye. However, I didn’t want to sew it in a solid colour because I was worried it might look like a nurse’s dress. Luckily I had a summery printed fabric in my stash!
I sewed M7920 out of a linen rayon blend fabric that I bought at Fabricland last year. This fabric has a beautiful drape and is cool to the touch. I chose this pattern because it has a button front. Last year I finally bought a buttonhole attachment for my sewing machine and used it to make my first shirtdress. Buoyed by the quality of those buttonholes, I wanted to make another! The M7920 has a so-called kimono sleeve as it is an all-in-one sleeve and bodice pattern piece. The first time I sewed a bodice like this was in my striped dress, and I actually loved the fit.
I had finished sewing the dress in May, but then I had to wait for my buttons. Originally I wanted to use tortoiseshell buttons, but I couldn’t find any that would complement the yellow flowers on my fabric. So, I decided to us ten black 1″ buttons, but I had none in my stash. I couldn’t find any at our local sewing supply stores, so I bought them online.
I sewed view B in a size 18 with no major adjustments other than shortening the skirt by about 15 cm. Normally I have to do an FBA on all my tops, but after liking the fit of my toile, I didn’t make any changes. The front buttonbands have facings, but I had run out of fabric. To solve this problem, I just used the muslin that I used for my toile. Also, I didn’t have enough fashion fabric for the pockets, so again I used scrap toile. As women’s pockets are never big enough, I enlarged them but I could have even made them bigger!
I love a knee-length skirt, and this is a dress that I will wear both at home and at work. Luckily I have some more printed linen-rayon fabric in blue and white, and I am tempted to sew another M7920!
If you want to sew one for yourself, get the pattern here!
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