A little while ago I happened to spy the most amazing fabric on Instagram – you know the one, that fabric that you can’t live without? Well, The Owl and Sewing Cat had this whale print in stock and I had to have it in my life, so off I went to Eastbourne in search of whales! 🙂
I bought two metres of this lovely fabric as I knew it was destined to become a dress. I then washed it and ironed it before popping it in my ‘ever growing’ stash to wait for the perfect pattern to show up.
A few weeks ago I decided to buy a sewing magazine and inside was a free pattern that I’d had my eye on for a while. It was MacCall’s 7391 and is reminiscent of the 1940’s – I think that’s why I like it so much as it’s my favourite era! I looked at the measurements and the pattern suggested that I cut out a size medium to fit my bust measurements.
When I laid out the pattern pieces I was struck by how big they looked and decided to measure the actual pattern before tracing out the size I wanted. There was so much ease so I decided to sew up a wearable muslin in a size small before cutting into the whale fabric.
The muslin turned out wearable but there was still a great deal of ease and I wanted a more fitted look across my back. I finally decided to cut out the whale dress in a size extra small and it fits perfectly – even though the pattern says that this is for a 20 1/2″ bust (only 14″ out!) This size fits me beautifully though and I still have room to spare! 🙂
I did change the pattern slightly and added flutter sleeves as the drape of the fabric is so beautiful! I did a slash and spread of the pattern to achieve this and it works really well.
So all in all I really love this dress and the tie front is super cute! I will be making this pattern again in the future, in the smallest size, and I quite fancy hacking the pattern a little more to have a full pleated skirt too so watch this space!
You can also find out more about my thoughts on this dress by watching my latest youtube video:
Until next time…