Last autumn, I completely fell in love with a dress I saw online, but I didn’t feel like I could justify spending ~$75 on it when I didn’t really need a new long-sleeved black dress. Fast-forward several months and Fabric Mart was having a sale on some delicious viscose/lycra ponte. I snapped up a few yards (for far less than $75) and when it arrived I realized it would be perfect for re-creating that dress I’d fallen in love with!
I started with McCall’s M7349 and made these modifications:
- Increased the flare of the skirt from the waist (generally necessary for me with this pattern anyway).
- Drafted asymmetric bell sleeves.
- Replaced the neckband with a short funnel neck. (I didn’t actually have to change the neckline at all–it’s very high on me–but instead of using the neckband pattern piece I cut a rectangle about 3 1/2 inches wide x the length of the neckline, joined it into a circle, folded it in half, and sewed it onto the neck with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.)
- Added in-seam pockets.
(I still haven’t found a good place to take photos in the apartment. This is the least-cluttered spot, but it sure is ugly!)