McCall’s 7121 | Stripe Matching Victory!

5 Jul


Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you are all rested and ready for the week ahead. I have taken advantage of this long holiday weekend to catch up on my never-ending list of things I would like to sew. I have made a simple knit sheath dress from some floral print scuba knit, a psychedelic Closet Case Files Sallie Jumpsuit, a Watson bra, started on the Maison Fleur Halterneck Swimsuit, and just finished this cute little dress — McCall’s 7121.


Hopefully I will get around to sharing those other things with you but if I don’t, at least you know I’m back to sewing! And now that my knit fest is over, I have plans to start on some woven items like a dress and some blouses. I will keep you posted.


Y’all know I love a good knit dress. Exhibits 1 and 2. And there are more that I haven’t even shown you but that make regular appearances in my wardrobe. So it’s not a surprise that I picked up this pattern when they went on sale for $1 at Hancock’s. But I think I love this one a little more because it has a waist seam and the skirt is a little more A-line. And since the front bodice is not cut on the fold, McCall’s added a little bit of bust shaping there in the front for you.


And the stripes make it so fun and flattering. Plus, I get to show off my stripe matching skills! What, you thought I was hiding something under the belt? BAM!


I chose my size based on the finished measurements, not the size chart, and I selected sizes that would yield zero to a little negative ease in the bust and waist. I made my standard adjustments of 1/2″ forward shoulder and 1″ swayback and I also decided to raise the neckline by 1.5″. After I stitched this up, I realized the armholes and back neckline were gaping and the waist was a little low so I pinched up the shoulder by 1.5″ and stitched a new shoulder seam, effectively fixing all three problems. I think using neck and armhole bindings would prevent the gaping but this pattern just calls for turning and stitching.


Which, of course, I didn’t do! I decided to self-line the bodice for a clean finish at the neck and armscye. I did sew some clear elastic into the neckline and after I raised the shoulder seams, it lies smoothly. Finally, I serged some clear elastic into the waist seam and hemmed with a twin needle.


Easy peasy for a great wardrobe builder. I think my next version will be hacked into a peplum top with some great black floral scuba knit that is calling to me from my fabric stash…

11 Responses to “McCall’s 7121 | Stripe Matching Victory!”

  1. Heathersphere July 5, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    Kudos to you on getting those stripes to align impeccably! You look stunning in your dress.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks Heather! I love the wrap dress you just posted. I need to figure one of those out next! P. S. My mom is a math teacher too 🙂

  2. goodbyevalentino July 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Congratulations! You did an amazing job with these stripes – such a cute dress 🙂

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

      Thank you, Sarah! It definitely feels like an accomplishment and I know I will enjoy wearing it.

  3. Dr. Fun July 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    Beautiful! Congrats on getting so many things going too! You’ll have to bring the bra and swimsuit to our next GCGSW so we can see them!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks! I was thinking about our GCGSW today and hoping we would get together again soon. We could all make bras and jumpsuits! 🙂

  4. Jae July 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

    Amazing job! So perfectly matched and fits you beautifully.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

      Thanks, Jae. It’s a great basic pattern. You should give it a try. Your recent dress has me prepping to make a cute floral frock next… 🙂

  5. Cynths May 31, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    It looks fantastic!


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