Free Pattern Review: M7969 for #sewfrugal22

TL; DR – I finally understand the importance of stay-stitching the neckline.

Minerva was giving you a digital copy of McCall’s M7969 if you signed up for their newsletter. I really liked the faux-wrap front and the V neckline. I had this gorgeous Liberty print that I thought would make a lovely dress.


Look, no one has time to stay-stitch a neckline. At least, I don’t. I didn’t see the point. Everything always turned out fine. And then, well, I added at least an extra 10 inches to the bodice and the neckline. I didn’t take a picture of how RIDICULOUS I looked in the dress, bra hanging out, shoulders falling down, all droopy and misshapen. I tried to fix it at the wrap point, but that would have distorted the bottom.

I took it apart and looked hard at the bodice. I ended up making two rather large shoulder pleats, which didn’t impact the sleeve as it was a drapey sleeve, so just added some structure. I’m still going to need to wear a tank-top underneath it, but at least it is now wearable, as opposed to an absolute disaster.

If I had followed directions, this would have been a really simple and straightforward sew. But I didn’t, I made life harder for myself, and this took way longer than it should have.

I’m pretty proud of myself, actually, though, for finding a way to save the dress. I didn’t want to waste Liberty fabric, so this was a highly motivated save. All in all, it turned out really well. I’m looking forward to the weather not being third winter anymore so I can actually wear it.

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