By now you may know that I’m a sucker for an interesting border print. Border prints and panel prints are my fabric weakness. I can’t resist them. This one was no exception. I bought it last summer at Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, Quebec.
I was attracted to McCall’s 7186 because I liked the neckline and side gathers. In order to keep the front from sagging I overlapped the crossover more than recommended by the instructions. I basted the front pieces in place and then basted the sides. I continued to do this until I was sure the front would drape in a flattering way rather then droop and create unflattering folds.
The pattern offers a sleeveless version as well as long or short sleeves. I shortened the sleeve by 2″ BUT added a 1″ solid black band. I also shortened the dress by 1.25″.
While reviewing the pictures of this dress I couldn’t help but think that it looks somewhat like a referee uniform. Maybe I should buy a whistle to wear as a necklace.