I never would have believed you if you told me that I’d love a midi-length sleeveless dress with a mock turtle neck. But, that’s exactly what I’ve made, and I love it.
I bought this pattern on a whim during one of Joann’s 3 for $5 pattern sales. It’s McCall’s 7429, a knit dress with a twisted front, and includes both sleeve and neckline options. I was drawn to it because I thought it would make a nice comfortable winter dress. Based on my fabric choice, though, I went with the sleeveless option. A midi-length dress with sleeves covered in polkadots would just be too much, IMO.
This fabric was also bought on a whim during Hancock’s going out-of-business sale. It’s a mystery navy and white knit. It has a little bit of crepey texture to it, and I’m guessing it is at least partially poly. I paid under $5/yard for it, and used just 2 yards. Combined with the pattern sale, this turned out to be a pretty cheap dress.
Pattern reviews online cautioned that the short length was far shorter than pictured on the pattern envelope (just above the knee), so I was nervous and made the longer length. I ended up making view A, but with the longer length of views C and D. The online reviews also warned that making the twist in the front is pretty confusing. Fortunately, I found a video online that walks through this step in slow-motion detail. This was a life saver, and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to make this dress. Other than this step, this dress is a quick make. It has no closures, no interfacing, and requires no notions.
A few fit/design issues do warrant comment. First, the high neckline is pretty tight. I have a little trouble getting it over my head, and I have a small head. If you have a larger head, or a lot of hair, you might want to take that into consideration when making this dress. Also, I couldn’t tell this from the pattern envelope, and it doesn’t show very well in these pictures, but the skirt on this dress is more of a wrap style. When walking, the slit on the right side goes up pretty high. Something you’d want to keep in mind if making this for work. My friend called me a sexy secretary when I walked up to her wearing this dress. I also felt a little like Donna from Suits wearing the dress, if that gives you some idea of the feel for it. Either way, I love it. It might just turn out to be more of a date night dress than I was intending.
Pattern: McCall’s 7429 in Size 8
Fabric: 2 yards of navy polka dot mystery knit from Hancock Fabrics @ 4.49/yard
Cost: $9.99 fabric + thread from stash = $9.99 ($11.66 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 5 hours