The Fabric Box That Keeps On Giving
Hello sewing loves now that the June/July Fabric box has sold out and our customers have had the opportunity to review it’s contents I’ve decided to release the instructions for the inspiration look pictured above. I hope this helps anyone interested in creating this fabulous look.
M7802 View C Top and Waistband only.
M7604 Three tiers view C for the skirt
For the Bodice portion of the dress I used view C and followed the instructions of the pattern. However If you want a cleaner finish with no seams showing in the back of your bodice leave the lining open until after the zipper has been inserted (once you attach the skirt). Once the zipper is in close the lining with hand stitch.
The sleeve option for the pattern is fabulous so this look would be just as fabulous if you stuck to the pattern. If you decide to kick it up a notch and go with my inspiration option follow the steps below.
1. Draw a line across the sleeve 2” below where the side-seam/bicep intersect.
2. Cut along this line and add seam allowance where you separated the sleeve pieces.
3. Once the pieces have been separated and seam allowance added take the bottom portion of the sleeve and open it up using the slash and spread method (refer to DIY page of the blog for instructions on slash and spread method). Sew the pieces back together once you have completed this step.
4. For Cuff take your open hand measurement add 1.25” for seam allowance cut 2 rectangles out the width of your open hand measurement and at least 4.5 inches high. Sew the side seams of your cuff closed right sides facing.
5. Gather the bottom portion of your sleeve and attach the cuff right sides facing. Turn the raw edge of cuff up 1/4” and turn to inside covering the gathered stitches. Sew closed by hand or stitch in the ditch with your machine.
The Skirt option included with McCalls 7802 would also work if you decide to stick to the original pattern. If you decide to kick it up a notch and go with my inspiration pattern option McCalls 7604 follow the steps below.
1. For the skirt cut one of the first top tiers on the fold and the other cut out and add seam allowance to the center back and the side seam. This creates two back pieces allowing zipper to be installed.
2. Cut the middle tiers out as instructed no modifications added to that piece.
3. For the bottom tier you may want to consider adding several inches to the length of the bottom tier as I found it to be a little short for this particular style (even with my flat sandals). I added 10” to the length of the bottom tier to accomplish my look.
4. Once you have all the tiers cut out and sewn together leave the top tier open at least 7” at the center back (remember we DID NOT cut this piece on the fold because we wanted to add a zipper).
5. Connect the skirt to the outer waistband only. Insert zipper and close the back bodice and waistband/lining pieces (Again you can refer to the Keira Jumpsuit pattern videos 5 & 6 for instructions if you need help).