Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Lady in Red With Mccalls 7047

Hey, do you remember that I posted plans to make this dress? Well, I have done it!

                       M7047, Misses' Dresses

It made with McCall's 7047 a "Create It" patten with mix and match options. It allows you to create lined, pullover dresses with or without peplum have close-fitting bodice, back neckline, skirt and sleeve variations, and elasticized waist. Peplum and long skirts: narrow hem. Long skirt with train, wrong side shows on hemline.    
                    Line Art
I was asked to make this dress for a friend who will be celebrating her 60th birthday this month. She wants to enter the next decade with pizazz  and va-va-voom! I was so excited to work with her. She knew what she wanted! She chose, bodice 3, with no sleeves, and skirt 9 made in sparkly "Ga-Ga Red Sequin". This Poly/Spandex blend has a 2-way stretch and a whole lot of shine.

Ga-Ga Red/Red | Solid Stone Fabrics

In a rare moment of rule following, I made a muslin shortly after she commissioned the dress. I tested the fit and tweaked it as needed and waited until now to make the real one. She wanted to tighten up her already fab bod and successfully dropped a dress size. I began working on it and it can together relatively fast. Well, let me restate that. I had uninterrupted time to work on it while the darlings are in summer camp.  

Have you worked with speciality fabrics like all over sequin? There are a few tricks to make things go smoothly.

  • Use a new rotary blade at the start of the project for clean cuts.
  • Use a new ball point needle for sewing knits. 
  • Use pattern weights not pins where possible.

  • Tailors chalk, not disappearing markers show up well and dissolve easily with a touch of heat.

  • Always press with a press cloth on the lowest setting.   
  • When sewing, keep the sequins side facing up with the smooth side, or lining fabric on the feed dogs.
  • Stitch/edge finished the seams using a seger and use a 3.5mm stitch length when sewing on the machine.
  • Expect a lot of sparkly debris in your work area.

Here is the finished dress on my custom dress form. I have pinned the dress to it so you can have an idea of the drape. I cannot wait to see my friend in it as she sizzles and pops in all the right places to make this dress sing. 

Back of the dress with wide draped cowl. 

Cowl front

Full Front

Drama in that drape!

I love the puddle train (still to be hemmed).

One shoulder drape variation

I have written a pattern review that you can read here.

I am anxious to see her in this dress! I will post pictures of her in it at the party. The dress code for the party is white attire for the guests. I am still deciding on the outfits for myself, my daughter, son and hubby. The party is in two weeks, so I need to get on it.  I am happily taking suggestions on a dress for me. If you have good ideas, please share!

Update! Here is the lovely birthday girl in her show stopper! She wore white for the first half of the night. When she stepped back into the room there was an audible gasp! She was stunning! My camera did not do it justice, but she glowed! I had goose bumps and teary eyes most of the night! I am so glad to have had the privilege to make this for her.

Happy Sewing,


  1. Oh my! This dress is stunning! I too can't wait to see your friend wearing this dress. I look forward to the post.

    1. Thanks Tomasa! I hope she loves it.

  2. Holy...moly! That is drop-dead gorgeous! I've always been scared of sequins - did you break any needles? That will be a beautiful party - can't wait for pics. Oh, and I love Simplicity 5093 - couple of different styles for long or short and keyhole vs tank neckline....

    1. Thank you! I would have been too intimidated to venture into sewing sequins if it was not for my friend. It was not as daunting as I thought it would be. I did not break any needles! Thanks on the dress recommendation! Your version of it is lovely!

  3. How great is THIS???? You talk about a birrrrfday DRESS! This is it! Please for the love of all good things show us some party pics when you can :-) And thanks for the construction-sequins tips too

    1. Thanks La Vonda! I will share photos! She looked great in the fitting, I cannot wait until she is all done up at the party.

  4. To DIE FOR! Oh my goooooodnesss ---- this should be the pattern cover. What a great dress.

    1. Thank you! She beamed the ENTIRE night! I am so happy!

  5. I saw your review a while ago on It's nice to see the additional pictures here. The finished dress is stunning! I'm going to be trying the same pieces plus the full length sleeve in black crushed panne soon, for an actress in a show in designing. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works.

    1. Thanks so much! She loves it and plans to wear it soon for a Christmas party! Your version sounds like it will be beautiful!

  6. Yup, totally understand how you ended up with some dress envy after making this for someone else. This is gorgeousness!!