Wedding Dress! McCall's 7943

My sister-in-law got married this past weekend! The wedding was absolutely wonderful and it was so nice to see her! We traveled 13 hours in a vehicle to attend the wedding and the drive actually went kind of fast! We received notice of the wedding many months ago so I had already made up in my mind what style of dress I wanted to make to wear and the color that I wanted. The wedding colors were lavender, white and gray and I wanted a lavender dress.

I came across some lovely lavender gauze that would be perfect for the flow of the style of dress that I had decided on and for that hot Georgia Heat!

I wanted to wear a long dress, but not too much fabric around my arms and neck, so I made a pattern that I already had in my stash. It was a toss up between McCall’s 7943 and McCall’s 7405. I picked McCall’s 7943 because I felt the neck band was classier than the other choice. This dress was so simple to put together, which is what I needed, because I am struggling to find time to incorporate more higher-level sewing projects into my schedule.

I sewed view D but I also made the belt that was designed for view A. I really desired to sew view C, which has the ruffle at the bottom, but I did not have time to include that extra step. My sister-in-law did not have any bridesmaids as she only had her children in the wedding on her behalf. However, I actually looked like I was her bridesmaid! This pattern in a great pattern to use for a bridal party! It’s simple but with the right fabric, it makes a beautiful dress!

The only issue that I had with this pattern was the armhole. it was WAY TOO BIG!!! I always have this issue when sewing certain types of patterns. One would think I would make it a habit to measure and make adjustments but I always forget…. In the future, I think I will make a sewing checklist to make sure that I am making the necessary changes prior to cutting the fabric. Anyway, I had to adjust the armhole after I made it by taking it in and closing it by two inches. It could have used more but I didn’t want to sew more than the two inches in fear of distorting the design. I do feel that it changed the overall drape, but I think I was the only one who would even know. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the pictures! Below you will find a pattern review

Pattern Number: McCall’s 7943 Pattern Description: Misses’ Dress Pattern Sizing: 8-18

Size That I Cut: Large, 16-18

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the neck band and the design of the gathers at the neck. What I did not like is how low the arm holes turned out. There is no way that I could have sewn a smaller size and be able to fit the dress around my bust area, but the arms were way to big and I had to take it in by more than two inches on each side. Fabric Used: Cotton gauze

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I closed the arm holes by over two inches each. Would you sew it again? Yes, but a different view so that it can be worn as a normal dress in my wardrobe. View A or B would be my suggestion. Would you recommend it to others? Yes

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