McCall’s 7969 – Almond Rock


I have a strange relationship with polka dot fabrics. I love them but I don't have many clothes made with them. Something strange happens when I place polka dot fabric on top of a pedastal as if it's too pretty to sew, or maybe I'm too likely to damage it. So they sit in my stash unmade, and every time I see something made with polka dots, I get jealous.

So when we go into my wardrobe, the rotation is good. This McCall's 7969 was sure to be a winner after having already sewn a few versions. I wanted long sleeves for a bright and cheerful winter dress. It's not quite the View A of dramatic innings. So this is model B with no frills and a gathered elastic hem that I left slightly loose to be similar to model A with its narrow hem band.

Almond Rock sews McCall's M7969 in red polka dot crepe

The result is an easy-to-wear dress that can be layered with tights and cardigans. It's wonderfully loose but still works for many occasions. I wore it with ballet flats for a dance class and brogues on a wet evening in Leeds. I sewed the neckline to the front like the previous dresses, as this keeps it from opening and still fits over my closed head.

Almond Rock sews McCall's M7969 in red polka dot crepe

This poly crepe has less give than the viscose I've used in the past, so the size helped a little. This is size M with half an extra cm at the side seams of the bodice. It's very slightly tight in the center back but I think it's okay.

Almond Rock sews McCall's M7969 in red polka dot crepe

No idea where this fabric came from, I'm afraid…deep in my stash, that's all I can confirm. But this pattern stays right in front of the top drawer of my pattern cabinet, in regular rotation. He is available in paper and pdf. And this fourth version (the FIFTH version not yet blogged) is a nice addition to the wardrobe.



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