Friday, June 19, 2020

March Maxi Challenge Using a Vintage 1980 Pattern ~ McCall's 7127 Ruffle Maxi Dress

Back in March (was it really only three months ago?!?) I participated in a sewing challenge with two fellow sewing YouTubers.  We purchased identical fabric from Hawaii Fabric Mart and each of us sewed a  maxi dress using a vintage sewing pattern. For "vintage" we agreed that anything before the year 2000 would work, so we were pretty lax on that requirement.  We also agreed we would not share our pattern or final dress with one another until March 31. On that day we each revealed our pattern choice and maxi on our YouTube channels.

Here's the maxi I sewed.
I picked McCall's 7127, from 1980, for my maxi dress pattern. I sewed the short dress from this pattern when it was a fairly new release.  Hmmm, does that make me vintage too? :-)

I repurchased the pattern a few years ago in a larger size. At the time the size 14 was too large, but lucky for me it's the size I now start with when sewing tops or dresses.
As the saying goes, everything old is new again. This design lines of this 1980 pattern are quite current for the spring and summer of 2020.

As you can see, I did make a few minor changes to the orginal pattern. I made the bodice ruffle deeper so it almost hits my waist, and I added two ruffles to the bottom of the dress.  I LOVE the fullness those ruffles created!

The fabric is a rayon challis and it is fabulous! I had never ordered from Hawaii Fabric Mart before and I will certainly do so again.
The vintage pattern has elastic inserted into a casing at the waistline. I eliminated that. For me it's easier to just add the self-fabric tie belt or my favorite leopard print belt.
The back is almost identical to the front. And no, my hair isn't quite that long.  The other night, while I was sleeping, a hungry mosquito bit me on my upper back in about eight different places. The bites are red and swollen so I'm looking up slightly so my hair will cover the bites :-)
Because it's difficult to tell the front from the back I stitched a "Handmade with Love" tag to the  inside of the back.

The dress can be worn with the ruffle on the shoulder also, although I prefer it off the shoulder.

When I choose this pattern for the maxi dress challenge, I had planned to wear it when we vacationed in Florida. Those plans were put on hold as we were to be there right as news of COVID-19 was becoming widespread. Oh well, perhaps next year.

The two sewing enthusisats - and now sewing friends - that also made maxis from this fabric are Jen, from Today in Jen's Sewing Room, and Carmen, from Carmen Salome.  

Click here to check out my YouTube video where I revealed the maxi dress.


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