Hey friends, today’s blog will be short and sweet. I just felt like I needed to document my little cow print dress as a blog. I’m in love with this dress so much, the fabric and the pattern I feel were destined for each other. The McCalls 7969 pattern is a very popular pattern amongst us home sewists, just search the hashtag #m7969 on Instagram and you will see so many beautiful versions from other makers. People have told me that it’s an addictive pattern, you can’t just make one. Well this is my second one, my first one I made a Top/blouse version and I’m already plotting a third one. A lady on Instagram told me she has made 7 versions, I think I might be on my way there too.
The pattern has a faux wrap, ballon sleeves and gathered skirt. The ballon sleeve are my favourite feature of the pattern, they are huge, they use almost 1 meter of fabric, That is why my first version was a top instead of a dress, I underestimated how much fabric I would need. The pattern is finished with bias binding, so I would definitely recommend it to beginners, it comes together quickly and very straight forward.
I am obsessed with this cow print, I guess we can officially say I love all animal print. This cow print, is a rayon challis, the quality was amazing. I love sewing with rayon challis, I think after Ankara, its my favourite fabric. I love how beautifully it drapes, moves and so soft on the skin. I made a size L and no adjustments, the pattern has a lot of built in ease, I think I could possibly make a M, just to reduce the ease a bit. I had so much fun sewing this dress and taking pictures. I couldn’t decide which shoes I wanted to pair this dress this with so I just played around with different shoe styles. I hope you enjoy the pictures and till next time, stay safe.