I think this is one of the most beautiful patterns I’ve ever seen. McCall’s Archive Collection pattern M7154 is a reissue of a 1930’s McCall’s pattern. It’s a current bestseller and we can’t wait to see your versions of it.
The key to this pattern is using the right fabric. It needs to be lightweight and have incredible drape. If you dropped it on the floor it should puddle. Silk charmeuse, silk crepe, crepe-back satin—or quality poly versions of these—would be perfect. If I were sewing this gown I’d most definitely hand-baste first before I machine-stitched. Oh, and I’d make a muslin as Step 1. The bodice should be blousy but the dress needs to softly hug your hips—not too tight or too loose here.
Karen Duffy, McCall Pattern Company associate art director/associate fashion editor, agreed to model this dress (and two more patterns you’ll also see here soon). When she first put this gown on everyone in the office swarmed around her and gushed over how magnificent it looked on her. I told her she has to buy it when we have one of our sample sales for employees.
These photos were taken across the street from our office in downtown NYC. We hope you like seeing this pattern photographed street-style. As I mentioned above, we’ve got two more street-style posts coming soon. Let us know what you think about this in the comments section.
Is it crazy that I want to make this gown—not to actually wear in public to a fabulous event—but just to swan around in at home? Pretending I’m Carole Lombard and my husband is Clark Gable? Where would you wear it?