My daughter saw a cute dress on the runway and thought it would make a great holiday dress, so we went in search of a pattern and fabric! It ended up fun and flirty; of course it helps if you are adorable and 25. We settled on this McCall Pattern 7542 pattern hack.
It’s not always easy to find a pattern that works well with an inspiration piece. My suggestion is to find something that has the hardest feature you are looking to duplicate. In this case, it was the ruffled sleeve.
The inspiration was an all white dress featured at Spring 2017 Fashion week. We found an off white Carolina Hererra satin which had a thick, wiry silver threat. It gave the fabric great body which gave the ruffles dimension. However, it didn’t works so well on the body of the dress and we ended up giving it the black and white feel by using a heavy black jersey to compliment the white satin. I love the black and white look of our updated version, it looks dressier.
I started with McCalls 7542 Version D had all the details we needed, I did, however, make some extensive pattern hacks. I added a second ruffle on the sleeve, lengthened the bodice and added two ruffles on the bottom. The results are very close to the original designer look. She and her best guy made a sharp couple at the Christmas party.
Time To Party
I hope you enjoyed my McCall Pattern 7542 pattern hack. I always enjoy sewing for my daughters; they challenge my skills by selecting items that require some thought. And usually lots of math!
PS If you are looking for some more sewing ideas, check out my Sewing Plans and Makes update.