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Dominican Republic: #M7951

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Summer is almost over, and just before September comes around I took a trip to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. I had a lot of handmade clothes to bring with me this time around so it was really hard to decide what to pack.

I packed with me McCall's #M7951 view A with modifications. This dress was originally intended for the New York Botanical Garden - Brazilian Modern exhibition. But this tropical location was the perfect place to highlight my dress. The fabric is from Mood and it is the Exclusive Maharudra Shiva's Detirmination Stretch Cotton Sateen which I ordered back in June.

When sewing this dress, I realized I didn't like the way the bodice was cut. The pattern on the left and right side were the same flowers and didn't match up, making it look off.

So I chose to recut the right side of the bodice and just barely had enough fabric left to squeeze it in.

When cutting this dress I wanted to be mindful of the coverage of the bodice, especially in the back. In the original pattern the back bodice is only a band. I decided to modify the pattern piece and extend the bodice to connect to the waistband.

I love the extra support and coverage. I especially love the flattering V neck shape and side seam pockets! The dress is bodice lined and features a full, gathered skirt. There is a side seam cutout on the front bodice panel that I decided to continue through to the back bodice when making my modifications.


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