Tuesday, September 13, 2016

McCalls 7391 Lace-Up Shift Dress

Hi there.  Remember when I said I wanted to make McCalls 7391 after I finished my lace-up tee?  Well, I did it.  The fabric is a navy linen/rayon fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.  The laces are a braided rope-like trim, also purchased from JoAnn, but I can't find it online.  I also stitched the trim right on top of my hem stitching, and I love the extra pop.  The eyelets are the exact same ones I used for my tee linked above.

Ok enough talking.  Here it is:

 I found the fit to be ok for me.  Of course I did not make a muslin.  :-)  I ended up adjusting the side seams a bit - taking them in at the bust and letting them out at the hips.  Taking it in at the bust made my armholes a bit smaller, and they are perfect now.  If I hadn't needed the adjustment, I may have found the armholes a bit low.

This design has a subtle shirttail hem.  Very nice.

This has a loose fit, but I don't think it is unflattering.  It skims the curves and is very comfortable on a hot day.

I machine-stitched the trim at the hem with a simple straight stitch down the middle.  I am so glad I didn't hand-stitch it on.  It looks just fine and was much faster!


  1. Nice! The rope trim is a nice touch!

  2. Very cute and it looks comfie! I went to Pennie Fabrics on Labor Day! Love, love, love the store and the owner! I called him the week before to see if he'd be open, and he offered to open the store for us since he was going to be closed. Actually, he insisted. Such a nice man, and very knowledgeable about his fabric. It was great - thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Lovely dress, loving the nautical look and the rope hem looks fab. The lacing is great too

  4. Ok Ms. Jenny, you did it again...another beautiful piece!! I love this dress and the details make this so unique! I love the contrast with the Navy and white, it says summer and a little bit "Nautical" too! Great job and I can't wait for our next Pennies fabric run!!

  5. You did a fabulous job, and I love your dress!


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