McCalls 7948: DIY Border Print Cotton Tiered Trapeze Dress

McCalls 7948 border printed cotton tiered trapeze dress

Hi Everyone,

I made another version of McCalls 7948, this time in a very light weight cotton border print that I have had in my stash for a few years. You can see my first version here and read about the adjustments I made to the pattern for that first version.

McCalls 7948 border printed cotton tiered trapeze dress
McCalls 7948 border printed cotton tiered trapeze dress

I made this version to wear on holiday in Norfolk, and it is a great holiday dress. Hopefully I might have a chance to wear it somewhere abroad sometime soon! The cotton is soft and breezy, although it is quite sheer, so I am wearing a slip underneath it (see here for details on the slip).

McCalls 7948 border printed cotton tiered trapeze dress

Pattern Adjustments for this version

  • From the first version, I removed 2 5/8ths inch from the width of the front piece, and 2 inches from the width of the back piece, and 2 inches from the front and back ruffle pieces.
  • I shortened the sleeves by 3 inches.
  • I cut the ruffles and the sleeve on the cross grain to take advantage of the border print.
  • I lowered the neckline by 3/4 inch and finished using a narrow bias bound finish, and extended the bias out at the back to create ties.
  • I did a continuous lapped placket at the back slit.

When I first wore this dress on holiday and saw pictures of it, I wasn’t sure about it (it’s that whole waistless dress thing for me; I feel I do suit things with more waist definition), but I do like it, and it is a great piece to have on hand to wear in warm temperatures. And I love the blue and white combination. Glad to have used this fabric up: it had kind of stumped me how to use the border print to its best advantage, but I am pretty pleased with the result I got.

See you soon.

McCalls 7948 border printed cotton tiered trapeze dress

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

14 thoughts on “McCalls 7948: DIY Border Print Cotton Tiered Trapeze Dress

  1. Lovely summery dress. That fabric is really pretty. It is quite sheer but I think you’d get away with a flesh-tone bra if the slip is too hot.

  2. Manju, this fabric was clearly stashed just for this pattern! Love this dress with the border print. You look fabulous! Hope you had a great vacation

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