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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pattern Review- McCalls 2401

Hey-O friends.

Here is a review of a new dress I made. If you sew, pick up this pattern. It is a very simple dress that came together in an afternoon. I think I will be able to wear it forever; it is that versatile. Plus, it cost about 5 bucks to make. Yeah, I kind of of LOVE that. :) I hope you are all staying cool and enjoying that sunshine!

Pattern Description: This is a pattern for a simple semi-fitted sheath dress. The dresses have darts in the front and back. There are three different necklines to choose from: high-rounded, square and v-neck. There are also different sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, elbow and long. I chose View F. (Sleeveless, round-neck)

Pattern Sizing: This pattern (B) is sized 8-10-12. I wear a 4/6 RTW, so made the 10. It fits very well..

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The dress looks exactly like the photo on the front (View F,) Even the length..(below the knee)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The dress went together pretty well. This is the first time I've worked with one long piece to double dart. Usually I have a bodice/skirt combo. I was pleased to see the flower pattern I was working with actually line up!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved that the pattern had minimal pieces and that the dress came together so well. I get excited when the dots and darts all match up! Can you tell I'm still new at this? Facings confused me a bit, but once I figured them out, I was really happy with how "finished" everything looked.

Fabric Used: I used a cute floral cotton blend I bought on clearance from Sew Mama Sew. After the first washing, the fabric had a soft-vintage feel. So comfortable for this hot weather. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As usual, I had to hem more of the dress than I wanted. I have shorter legs and the dress was designed to come below the knee. I always worry that it will compromise the shape, not to mention the back vent, but it was fine.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would absolutely sew this again. It works well under cardigans for Spring/Summer. I think I could even make it in a heavier fabric to wear for fall. It is flattering without being too showy. I would recommend it to anyone looking to add an easy piece to their collection. It has both a simple and classic shape.

Conclusion: I love how many choices come with this pattern. I think that the sleeveless sheath alone is a great addition to a wardrobe. I can add a belt or sweater to it and create different looks. Woo Hoo to that!

Side View (Darts)

Back view (Darts and invisible zipper)

View with ribbon belt

Yeah, I know. Another cardigan. Cute though, right?

Happy Tuesday, friends :)


  1. It looks beautiful! Good work! Once again, you take a pattern and a pile of fabric and turn it into something great. Can't wait to see your next creation.

    1. Does this mean I can have the Fed Ex guy deliver when you're home now? LOL

  2. This dress looks fabulous! It looks like something you could buy in a store.. but better! You are so immensely talented, shellybean! Keep on keeping on! You are wonderful! :)

    1. Oh, Thank you A. I'm so glad to have you visit the blog!

  3. You know I love this dress! It is beautiful and I love the colors. I am ready and willing to model your work at any given chance, just say the word. :) Great work!!!

    1. Get yourself over to my house and start modeling. Betty is boring and the conversation is so one-sided. Hahahaa! Thanks for commenting :)

  4. Beautiful!
    I love the dress design and pretty floral pattern of the fabric. Once again, brilliant!
    I'm a newbie to making things like this....easy? Or should I begin with only a skirt? LOL!
    Love your FF :)

  5. Haha! You can make ANYTHING, FF. I made that first dress out of a sheet, remember? You are a dear and I miss you to pieces!


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