McCall’s 7740 – Sleeveless Eyelet Dress


I love eyelet. It screams summer to me. I chose McCall’s 7740 for this black eyelet that I bought a few months ago in Canada. The dress is a simple style with an interesting back. As someone one said, it’s all business in the front and party in the back.


The pattern envelope doesn’t show the front of view A or B. Below is the line drawing.


After making a muslin for the top, I chose to raise the armscye by 3/8″. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it was enough for the bodice to feel more comfortable. I also lengthened the skirt by 2″. I’m 5’7″ and I found the pattern as drafted too short for me. I think my finished length is similar to the one picture on the pattern envelope for view B.


The buttons were a gift from my friend Stephen 30 years ago. He brought them back from England for me. There were 4 of them. I had them on a linen top for many years until it was no longer wearable. I saved the buttons and am glad I did because they are a nice detail on this dress.


The pattern calls for the dress to be fully lined. I used cotton voile for the lining.


This is a cute summer dress that was not complicated to make. I’m glad I took the time to make a muslin for the top. It would have been fine without my alteration but isn’t the reason for making your own clothes to get something you feel good wearing?


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15 thoughts on “McCall’s 7740 – Sleeveless Eyelet Dress

  1. Such a cute summer dress! I love seeing your latest makes Lucy. The adjustments you made resulted in a dress that fits you perfectly. The buttons are the cherry on top!

  2. Wow! This is a fabulous dress, perfect in eyelet! I know what you mean about alterations. A seemingly minor change can make all the difference in wearability!

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