So I finally finished McCall’s 7313 the weekend before the wedding and I love it so much! It fits almost exactly like the empire waist dresses I love from Torrid. I have a feeling you will be seeing this pattern again and again.
As far as instructions go this is like all the big four instructions. They are really basic and don’t have all the lovely tips and tricks I have come to enjoy from some of the indie pattern makers. This dress is assembled in halves. I put together the top first and that process is detailed here. This post is just a quick overview of the skirt(s) and finally the pretty, pretty finished dress!So there are two skirts, really. As usual I did not explicitly follow the instructions. I made a shorter skirt out of the neoprene/scuba fabric. Then I made a longer skirt overlay out of the stretch lace. I hangs about 3.5″ below the neoprene skirt and it is only attached at the waist so it will swing free of the shorter skirt. if I had just used a lace over lay that was attached on the side seams as well, I would have added pockets. You know I love pockets!
I had multiple measuring sessions to see how much longer I wanted the lace skirt to be. I sewed the side seams on both skirts with a twin needle and then to finish the bottom I used 1/4″ Wonder Tape and a straight stitch all the way around.
And here it is in all it’s gothy, princess glory! It twirls so well!
And here is this little gem from the reception. I’m considering a career in professional modeling, obviously.