My version of the Killing Eve Vilanelle dress! There were a few different dress patterns I considered such as the Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown. But ultimately, I decided on a dress that was more scaled down that wouldn’t overwhelm my frame.
Was also undecided about whether to make the dress as is, or to use shirring elastic. I ran into some challenges with ordering online, as the elastic was stiffer than I expected, and the bias tape quite rough. (As well, the pink cotton lawn sample was a hideous Pepto Bismal color, so I ended up ordering one more sample in lilac before placing an order.) I finally decided on using shirring in the waist, as I thought it would be more comfortable than being squeezed and chafed by elastic casing around my stomach.
Initially I planned to make view B, but after having looked at and thought about this pattern for a year (yikes my indecision and procrastination), I thought the dress on the model looks a little too sweet and fitted, and decided to size up and go big by sewing the longer sleeve version and lengthening the dress. I’ve been finding that I prefer a lot of ease in my garments lately. Feels a little more “chill” and fashion forward, as opposed to Forever 21 vibe where the clothes are cut as small as possible to conserve fabric.
McCalls’s M7946 Pullover dress has elasticized upper edge and waist with bias tape casings. It comes with 4 different views (different sleeve options, and lengths with or without a ruffle).
I made view C but with a longer hemline, and used shirring in some parts.
Comes in sizes 4-12, 12-20.
How I selected my size. Based on their size chart, based on the chest measurement I should take size 6, and hip measurement between 10 or 12. Since I wanted more ease in my dress, I sized up to size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except the changes I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pretty easy to follow. I thought since it was an “Easy to Sew pattern” that there would be more hand holding such as when and how to finish seams. But I did learn a few tips such as putting tape on the wrong side of the fabric.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The dress is basically rectangles, so it’s easy to cut out. I got confused cutting out the dress and accidentally cut it longer (which was a fortunate mistake because I didn’t realise how short the dress design was).
Where the square corners meet, there is a lot of stress in the corner. Not sure if there would have been a better way to reinforce or design this? In any case I used some interfacing there.
In some ways the pattern is indeed “Easy to Sew”, and the elasticised design helps to hide any mistakes in sewing, and easy to fit. On the other hand some details are quite tedious with eg gathering, and lots of lines, though I guess great practice for a beginner?
A slight annoyance with paper McCalls patterns are that the illustrations are quite small. This is where electronic pdf instructions win out, since you can zoom in.
Cotton lawn in Candy Cotton Lilac from Minerva
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened it by 14 cm.
Used shirring elastic in the bodice and sleeve instead of elasticised bias tape casings.
Interfacing in the square corners.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Tips for others?
Not sure if I need another dress in this style. I’m curious about other similar dress patterns on the market, so I’m not sure if I would recommend this one wholeheartedly, but overall I’m happy with my dress.
Something to keep in mind is to buy 2 spools of matching thread since this dress uses a lot of thread, and I needed to use a different color in the not so visible areas.
I also found Buried Diamond’s blog post on the same dress, helpful when deciding whether or not to go for shirring.