Pattern Review – McCall’s M7244 (Plenty ~ by Tracy Reese)

This is a semi-fitted partially lined dress, with a flounce and invisible zipper. It’s very similar to the Trina Turk ‘Candence’ Ribbed Skater Sweater Dress. Coincidentally my fabric is similar to the Skater dress, but it’s not ribbed.

Pattern Sizing: – A5 (6-8-10-12-14) & E5 (14-16-18-20-22).  My pattern was cut in a size 10. The ease and breath-ability of this dress is ample. The fact that I don’t feel all tight, stiff and stuffy is a big plus.

Look & Feel: – I was satisfied to see it turned out exactly like the image on the pattern envelope. It’s a comfortable dress, perfect for fall and winter. I liked the overall design of the dress, but won’t insert the zipper in the back. Personally it feels unnecessary since the dress is made with a stretch fabric.

Problems: – The only one was the back lining, it was apparently 1 3/8in shorter in width and could not reach my back zipper when it was time to attach the lining. My answer to this was to attach a stripe of tricot lining to fill the gap and meet the zipper. This was truly annoying because I followed all the instructions, unless I’m completely losing it. Regardless of this hiccup it’s a nice and I can’t wait to wear it out.

Lessons Learned:-

§  I will read and re-read instructions from beginning to end

§  I will not insert an invisible zipper the next time I make this dress

§  I will extend or shorten the sleeve in a feature project

Styling Options:-

§  This dress is perfect for pairing with kitten heels, high strappy heels or a tall boots.

§  A simple & clean necklace and earring works best with this neckline

§  Cross-body or Satchel works well when paired with a tall boot. A clutch is the ideal piece for the other shoe options mentioned above.
I like keeping my outfits effortless, easy to move in and meaningful for the day I have planned.

Conclusion: – This is another good pattern, with great care and thought when choosing your fabric will result in many various looks.

Necklace: PILGRIM Jewelry

Fabric: Avocado Knit (SR Harris Minneapolis)
Makeup: 
Revlon ColorStay (Toast)
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous 315 & 320
Covergirl True Blend Minerals  420
Milani Coral Cove Blush
Lipstick: NYX Rouge a Levres

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2 Comments

  1. January 16, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Fab dress. I like how you styled it also.

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