Monday, May 23, 2016

Fitting M7154

I'm finally sewing again after not really having much time to during the "regular academic year." Several of my projects have been gifts and that's why I haven't written them up yet (or at all, in one case).

I finished the bodice muslin for my bridesmaid dress for my brother and sister-in-law-to-be's June 18th wedding (yes, I'm feeling the time pressure a little bit).

I'm sewing McCall's 7154.
I had a bit of trouble following the directions, and sewed a few parts incorrectly several times before getting it right, so I think I will try to take detailed photos and notes during construction of the actual dress.

I sewed a size 14, and it was so small that I had to cut seams open to even try it on! I'm not sure if I gained weight since I traced the pattern (months ago) or if I just made a bad call when choosing the size. Perhaps a bit of both. Here's the thing, order to size up, I need a different version of the pattern! Rats!

I spent a little time tonight reading about pattern grading, but I think this is too complicated a pattern for my first attempt. I'll be heading to JoAnn Fabrics as soon as I get paid on Thursday. Hopefully they have the pattern there. If not, I'll have to mail-order it.

Silver lining: I guess I get to work on fitting some other WIPs over the next few days. I have a lot of WIPs.

So, I suppose I don't need the A5 size range (6-8-10-12-14) of McCall's 7154 anymore. I hardly ever get comments on my blog, but if you happen to see this post and want my pattern, leave me a comment with some encouragement and/or what you would use the pattern for. If I get more than one comment, I'll select a winner randomly.

Beulah Birtley made an awesome top out of this pattern. What a genius idea! I'll be doing that in the future (waaaaay post-bridesmaid dress). I think it would be fun to hack it into a cocktail length dress, too.


  1. Hi Johanna!
    I love this pattern and was considering it against my final choice of backless evening gown (we were commenting over on the McCalls Pattern Company Facebook page and I'm so glad I looked up you blog!)It's so perfect for a bridesmaid gown <3 can't wait to see the finished item :)

    1. Hi Stacey! Thanks. I haven't done a follow-up to this post yet because I was honestly pretty unhappy with how the dress came out and how I looked in the wedding photos. A lot of this has to do with how rushed I ended up being right up to walking down the aisle (yikes). However, I just got it out of the garment bag again yesterday and am planning to repair the bits I rushed through and wear it again this month for my fanciest party of the year (Holiday Wine Party with other ecology/evolution nerds). I'll take some photos and finally do a "finished garment" post. Hopefully there won't be any red-wine-on-champagne-silk-crepe-de-chine incidents, but I don't know when else I'll ever wear this dress, so I'm going to risk it!