I dream of Italy day and night, Mccalls 7561

Let me start off by saying I made this pattern 3x.
The first one, the dress has been trashed, the second dress is a house dress, and the third dress is the dress that you will see today. This pattern is suppose to be a beginner pattern, and maybe it is and I’m just a little slow but I hated the gathering on this dress.

The waist is to be encased, and I tried that the first time, it was horrible, so I applied the elastic directly to the seam, I saw this option on Maggie Elaine’s instagram. It worked of course my sewing machine was acting up at that time, so its not the neatest. And even though, I said I wouldn’t make this pattern again, EVER the waist part gave me the blues. Guess what I’m doing or maybe the time I post this I would have done. I’m making it again.

So I did make this dress again, view C and well I will say this isn’t the best pattern. It has potential and can be manipulated to your liking but I don’t think its a great beginner pattern.
Making the 4th final version issues I ran into was how the front and back pieces met at the inner shoulder seam.

It didn’t curve along the body, but outward, I thought that I had made an error when cutting the pattern checked the pieces and no its how the pattern pieces were made.

This pattern being successful is also dependent on the fabric you use. I did use a knit however it some structure to it, so the turning over to hem the neckline didn’t look nice. So I undid it and went to the store and got some stretch elastic, I decided at the last minute to change the neckline to a V.

I also added pockets both dresses have pockets.
Last version I added 4 inches to the hem, I think the other version I may have added a inch or forgot I can’t recall.
Making the sleeveless version the arm holes are to high, so I cut off about an inch,
Again the pattern has potential but as a beginner pattern, it isn’t the greatest to me.

But I have two dresses now, and this pattern now goes to drawer, for  a long long time lol.
 First dress fabric from Amazon/Telio

McCall’s 7561/M7561

McCall’s 7561/M7561

McCall’s 7561/M7561 skirt detail

McCall’s 7561/M7561 Pockets Yay

Second dress fabric from Joann’s Fabric Store/Nicole Miller

McCall’s 7561/M7561
McCall’s 7561/M7561 back details

Well until next time….. Sew on….



  1. March 19, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I love the yellow based gantries. I think I have a similar fabric pattern.

    • March 19, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Oops. Fabric. Not gantries.

      • seamslong
        March 20, 2018 / 5:48 pm

        thank you

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