Unexpectedly elegant flowers – McCalls 7385

18 Oct

(Another make I’ve taken a while to get round to blogging about!)

I bought a lot of this stretch sateen floral, more than I usually do. Probably on special, end of bolt thing where you buy the rest and it’s cheaper than what you originally wanted to buy. Spotties, I’m looking at you.

And of course, having bought it all, I felt obliged to use it all up, (or maybe not obliged but didn’t want to have a few metres of fabric I’ve already used, sitting in my sewing cupboard forever). Happily I adore a good maxi dress, and having recently bought McCalls 7385, it was singing a siren song to me.


It’s the panels and way of gathering across the bodice that I loved, and I was right about it, it looks really lovely on me. Empire line or anything approaching it usually does. Happily that style is also one of my favourite silhouettes! I made view D, but cut the front seam on the fold and eliminated the slit in the skirt. Since I was intending to wear it as an everyday smart casual dress, I needed something covering my shoulders properly from the sun, so I put in my favourite cap sleeve.

However it actually turned out much fancier than smart casual. So it has been worn everywhere from shopping at Bunnings (hardware store and nursery) to an evening at a cafe with friends (the kind of wear I originally planned) to going to the opera at the Entertainment centre. Wear anywhere! Totally my kind of dress!

It’s just a bit hot around the waist for the worst of the heat and humidity of the build up (October/November. Like now, right?) but the rest of the year it’s comfortable and I feel a million dollars in it.

And there’s something just sooooo nice about wearing beautiful flowers all over you 😀

8 Responses to “Unexpectedly elegant flowers – McCalls 7385”

  1. Summer Flies October 18, 2020 at 11:01 am #

    Oh my that is so gorgeous and looks amazing on you. I actually have that pattern from a pattern swap so it’s going near the top of the list. It’s so you! I love empire line type dresses. I think I’ll make mine in a rayon.


    • Tropical Threads June 21, 2021 at 5:41 pm #

      No idea why I didn’t answer this at the time, sorry!

      Yes rayon would be perfect too. It’s a really nice dress with enough shape to show the figure but still enough room to be cool in the humidity.


  2. Summer Flies October 18, 2020 at 11:02 am #

    Oh wanted to say I love the cap sleeves too.. how did you do that? Just a hack or did you use a sleeve pattern you have and adapted?


    • Tropical Threads June 21, 2021 at 5:43 pm #

      That cap sleeve was the one and only thing that actually worked from a fit and flair pattern I made a few years ago. The dress hung on me and was terrible and depressed me. But the cap sleeve was perfect.

      I also routinely use a cap sleeve I got from an Amy Buttler pattern that I actually never used. It is gathered but the same kind of concept.

      I should do a post on them both, as once I understood the concept I’ve played round with shape and size and gather ever since. Capped sleeves stop the top of my shoulder from getting sunburnt but are still deliciously cool


  3. Katherine October 19, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    Such pretty fabric, put to great use!


  4. Anna December 31, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

    It’s so lovely!


  5. Gillian Vance June 21, 2021 at 1:37 pm #

    That looks very pretty on you. I love the way the gathers are off to the side. I will take a note of this pattern as it looks very versatile. thanks for commenting on my blog – I love to meet other bloggers, especially tropical ones!


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