McCalls 7743 in Rose-print Corduroy

While Caroline was fearlessly leading the Saltspring Sew-Along, I made a dress! It’s the first thing I have made for the upcoming fall. Truthfully, I didn’t think about fall or planning ahead. I saw the fabric, fell in love, and had to have it! It’s from Gertie’s online fabric shop. Does she have great taste or what?

rose-print corduroy dress

The pattern is McCalls 7743, seen here and here. This is my favourite of the three versions by far!

I have adjusted the pattern to perfection on this one. The bodice is only 0.5cm longer than the original pattern, just a touch longer than this one with no adjustments, and 1.5cm shorter than this one with 2cm added.

rose-print corduroy dress

I lengthened the skirt to the original pattern length. That makes it about 4″ longer than the first two versions. As I get older, and because I ride a bike regularly, I actually prefer my skirts longer than I used to. This length is perfect! Normally patterns are too long for me, so this must have been designed to be a little shorter. But I love this more sophisticated length. Like you guys suggested after the Little Letter Dress, it’s a more elegant look.

rose-print corduroy dress

The hem looks crooked in this photo but I think it’s because the alley is on a slant. I swear it’s even… it looks even in the first photo at least.

rose-print corduroy dress

I also raised the neckline back to the original boat neck, and I think it’s a better style on me. I like how I look in boat neck styles.

rose-print corduroy dress

I had to sacrifice the bow belt for the added length. It was one or the other! I decided I wanted the longer length more than I wanted a matching rose corduroy belt. It’s too coordinated. A belt like this thin black one helps break up the floral print. Matching would just get lost in the print.

rose-print corduroy dress

It is the absolute perfect fit for me. Fitted but room to eat and room to bike. (Though I love it so much I fear cycling in it, just in case I fall!)

rose-print corduroy dress

The rayon lining is so soft, it feels fantastic next to the skin. I added lace to the hemline,

rose-print corduroy dress lace trim hem

and a cover over the end of the zipper.

rose-print corduroy dress

Can you tell how much I love this dress? This is the benefit of making the same pattern multiple times. I went back and forth adjusting the bodice length, changing the hemline and the neckline, until I found the perfect combination.

rose-print corduroy dress

I love that the fabric is floral but works for fall. I love a good bright flower print, but it can look a bit out of place with wooly tights and scarves. This one would totally work with ribbed tights, a fitted winter coat and knit beret. It’s a winner!

Check out the other versions of this dress here:

Little Letter Dress: McCalls 7743

Groovy Sixties Shift Dress: McCalls 7743

Groovy Sixties Shift Dress: McCalls 7743

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69 Responses to McCalls 7743 in Rose-print Corduroy

  1. Karen September 13, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    It looks beautiful on you! And I think you are right, this length is great on you. Happy Biking!

  2. KendinDik.Com September 13, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    Lovely! As always :))

  3. Sabine September 13, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    What a beautiful dress! It suits you perfectly. It’s feminine, elegant, sexy with that cut-out back, a winning combo by my book.

  4. Sewing Princess September 13, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Tasia, this is a great dress seriously. I don’t normally go for flower prints but this one is gorgeous. it’s very flattering on you, it elongates your figure and it’s perfectly fitted too. And that back cutout…I love that too. BTW great hair style. Did you do it yourself? I would certainly suggest you do version 4 too!
    Personally when I make a pattern numerous times I manage to make mistakes…:(

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      Yes, would you believe that’s what my hair does if I let it air-dry? (With a lot of gel, and as long as I don’t touch it too much!) I’ve been embracing the natural curls and the more I let it dry on its own the curlier it gets.
      I’m probably going to make a #4 at some point – hope it doesn’t get too boring seeing the same thing over and over!

  5. Lisa Marie September 13, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    What an adorable pattern/fabric/shoe combo! Perfect dress for work and for wearing out! It’s fun to see a vintage style coming back!

  6. Katy September 13, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    This fits you perfectly. Lovely dress!

  7. Linda September 13, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Absolutely love the fabric. Would be tempted to order some myself if I weren’t moving soon!

  8. Zilredloh September 13, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    This dress is so incredibly lovely, not to mention the fit. This is by far the most perfectly fitted dress ever!!

  9. Rachel September 13, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    That dress is perfect for fall! I love it!

  10. Gail September 13, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Gorgeous, Tasia! Just perfect!

  11. Constance (Santa Lucia Patterns) September 13, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Your dress is so lovely. And I like the little surprise of the cut-out back!
    So, since you like this boat neck so much: can we expect some Sewaholic patterns with boat neck?
    Happy Sewing

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 8:59 am #

      I’m sure I’ll work a boat neck style into the pattern line at some point! It is a nice neckline on figures with smaller busts and wide hips, it’s true what they say in style guides that a boatneck balances out the hips.

  12. anto September 13, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    The dress and fabric are stunning. My favorite thing about it is the perfect fit, it looks beautiful on you!

  13. Sunni September 13, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    It is lovely! So perfect! The fit is amazing and I love the fabric so much. I’ve been eyeing Gertie’s store too but just haven’t yet purchased anything. Can’t believe I missed this fabric. So lovely all done up in a dress. Oh la la! Beautiful and such a versatile dress!

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad I made it up into a dress right away, there are so many pretty fabrics that stay as fabric for way too long!

  14. lisa g September 13, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    spectacular fit! i’ve loved each version of this dress, but this one is definitely my favorite. you look amazing in it!

  15. Anne September 13, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    This dress is perfect on you!

  16. cordelia September 13, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    beautiful fabric – perfect fit

  17. Jenny September 13, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous! It’s amazing, so well constructed and looks divine on you!

  18. Loretta September 13, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    It’s very pretty, Tasia, and perfect for Vancouver’s Indian summer we are having!

  19. Amy September 13, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Yay! A new dress! It looks great on you. I love the simplicity of the front – the lines of which are all very flattering on you – and the fun back. Plus, the fabric is great!

  20. Lauren September 13, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    It’s really beautiful, Tasia! Perfect fabric and fit. I really love making the same dress over and over to get a good fit… then you can focus on beautiful finishing since the fit is basically perfect. Which, really, isn’t that the best part of sewing your own clothes? :)

  21. Carool September 13, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Beautiful! The fit is spot on!!!
    Never thought cordoroy would be so pretty as a dress. (not the usual-pants!)

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      Could you imagine this fabric as pants? Rose-print cord pants.. for me, much better as a dress :)

  22. Stephanie September 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    So beautiful! You’re absolutely right – the silhouette is perfect on you. So is the fabric!

  23. Kat September 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    So flattering! I think seeing two versions of this dress have convinced me that I need this pattern.

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      This exact one is hard to find, but there are plenty of similar styles from the same era, many with back cutouts or back details. A search on Etsy should turn up similar results!

  24. Kristin lion September 13, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I knew I saw this fabric somewhere!! It’s a gorgeous dress! I especially love the zip cover! That’s the first one I’ve ever seen! Believe me, I’m going to google it as soon as I post this comment! Sublime work- I love seeing things you’ve made!

  25. Marie September 13, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    It’s just beautiful Tasia! I’m in love with this pattern and have been on the hunt for it…since seeing your first version!

  26. Erin B September 13, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Love this! It’s such a great look on you, especially with the black accents. I love remaking a pattern to perfect the fit. :)

  27. M September 13, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Just gorgeous. You’re right, it fits ‘purrrrfect’! :-). You have inspired me to try again at getting a pattern adjusted so I can have a tried and true pattern that fits. Thanks!


    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      Third time’s the charm! What’s nice about sewing the same pattern a few times is that you get the benefit of wearing the garment in real life, and seeing where it bunches or if it rides up. Photos of yourself in the garment help, too.

  28. Ally September 13, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    So beautiful! I’m not usually a fan of floral prints (maybe it was my grandmother’s sofa) but I absolutely love this dress! This dress may just be the inspiration to get me out of my sew-everything-in-solids funk :)

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      Oh yeah, I was concerned it would look like a couch too.. luckily, it doesn’t! I should sew more things in solids but I just love prints :)

  29. Pauline September 13, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Beautiful! I love the floral fabric and the fact that it’s corduroy: perfect for fall.

  30. true bias September 13, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    i recently saw that fabric in a shop and having eyeing it for a pencil skirt. great minds think alike ;)

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      It would be a great pencil skirt! Funny enough, this dress is actually A-line but it looks a lot less A-line than the shorter versions.

  31. Rochelle New September 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Tasia this is beautiful! As I mentioned, I’ve totally added a corduroy Cambie to my list of “to sew”. I’m so envious of ladies who have a TNT pattern that they make over and over and love more and more every time. I’m still on the hunt for my TNT pattern, but I think you’ve definitely found yours! :)

    Well done!

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      I think so too! And what an elegant TNT pattern this is. If I were smart I’d make seven versions of this dress, one for every day of the week and never worry about what to wear on those days when it’s hard to get dressed!
      Love the idea of a cord Cambie!

  32. Alessa September 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    A very beautiful dress!
    Hmm, quick question: how do you attach the lining to the zipper? It looks very neat… :) (Then again, I usually machine stitch it to the zipper tape/seam allowance, which can be a wonky business…)

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Thank you! On this dress, I hand-picked the zipper, so to finish the bodice edges I sewed the lining to the dress fabric right sides together, with the regular seam allowance, and then turned it right side out. So if you peek inside the zipper and turn back the fold, you’ll see a bit of lining. At the skirt part I clipped at the bottom of the zipper opening and I think basted the edges together, so they would be treated as one. The seam below the zipper is sewn separately and pressed open. And then, in this case, the pattern has you tuck the lining into the fold of the hem, and sew the hem to the lining.
      Hope this makes sense! You can kind of see the lining here, in this previous version of the pattern, the method is the same –

    • Tasia September 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      You can also see the lining in the photo of the instructions here –

  33. Nisha Williams September 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    I love the fabric and the construction. It is beautiful. I generally like a little leg, but I think the added length makes the dress look expensive and is perfect to wear in an office environment. You did a fantastic job!!

  34. Carole September 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    You have done a brilliant job, it is just so beautiful. I am really envious

  35. Bella September 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    I’m a huge fan of printed corduroy and this is a great use of it. Love it. And I will use your lovely finishing of the zipper, too, on my current project.

  36. Stephanie September 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Lovely job – perfect fabric, fit, etc. I agree with you on the length – the best of the three for this particular dress. I am envious of your youth and ability to wear sleeveless and a cut out after July! I definitely need sleeves in autumn else I get chilled. :( What lovely fabric, too…

  37. Ayana September 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    This is really fabulous; each of the dresses from this pattern looks great, but this one does have an extra elegance due to the fabric, the perfect fit, the neckline, and the length. Well done!

  38. Rachel September 14, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    This is gorgeous. I love the proportions with the added skirt length – it manages to be elegant and casual at the same time.

  39. Jo September 14, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Tasia you’re a gorgeous lady and I love your style :D I would totally wear most things you make… therefore you have great taste haha! ;) I love this style of garment though I’ve been a bit scared to make closer fitting stuff lately since I worry about feeling restricted and well, fat. I know it’s silly!
    Anyway. Awesome how many looks you’ve gotten out of this pattern and good on you for perfecting it! It’s amazing!

  40. Jennifer September 14, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    Another lovely dress! What a nice print. :-) Tasia, can you tell me how the shoulders on your patterns compare with those of the Big 4? I have an hour-glass shape (which comes with a strong shoulder line!) and I am 5′ 7″ to boot. In Big 4 patterns I start with a size 22 to accommodate my shoulders, then scale in to an 18 for my bust/hips, and about a 16 for my waist. I haven’t bought any of your wonderful patterns yet because I’m nervous that your shoulders won’t fit mine, even in your size 16.

    Lastly, if I am outside your pattern sizes, do you have any interest in writing a feature article showing how to grade up parts of your patterns, for interested customers like me who aren’t pear-shaped? I’ve started researching how to do this myself, but I don’t know how to treat some pattern pieces like collars and epaulets.

    • Tasia September 16, 2013 at 9:37 am #

      Hi Jennifer! I would say the shoulders are average width to on the narrower side. Not a strong shoulder line, not wider shoulders than standard. I’m 5’4″ or perhaps 5’3″ so you’ll want to add a little extra height & length.

      On grading, I read a recent post on the Colette Patterns blog on grading outside the current pattern range, where commenters recommended this class:
      I haven’t taken the class myself but many readers recommended it! It says plus size but there are so few courses on grading patterns that it may prove useful.
      Someone else recommended the pivot method which you can see here –
      And with collars and epaulettes, they get graded along with the part of the garment that’s affected – ie, if you increase the width of the shoulders by 1/4″ then the epaulette grows by 1/4″ as well. To find out more about how grading works on those types of pieces take a look at patterns you own and compare how much bigger the collar gets compared to the neckline. Some decorative pieces may not change at all, ie, pockets and other pieces that are applied to the garment and don’t affect the fit.
      Hope this is useful!

      • Jennifer September 19, 2013 at 12:34 am #

        Thanks, Tasia!

  41. wanda ll September 14, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    to cute and the length is just right. Makes you look so good and stylist. Keep up the awesome work too.

  42. Fiona September 14, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    This looks gorgeous on you! It sure does look like the perfect fit and the finishing is just gorgeous as always. You’ve inspired me to get sewing this morning!

  43. Janey September 14, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    I have serious dress envy, it’s beautiful and fits you perfectly!

  44. Annabellouise September 14, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    You look so good in this dress. I particularly like that it is needlecord. One of my favourite fabrics – especially printed.

  45. Jane September 14, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    That dress is beautiful! I love that I’m not the only one who makes favourite patterns multiple times – and each variation is just different enough that they’re unique.

  46. Sabs September 14, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Wow, you look stunning! This is perfect on you.

  47. Sarah September 15, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Beautiful dress! The fabric is perfect for it.

  48. Kelly September 16, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    This is lovely! That fabric is absolutely stunning. Gertie really does have such great taste! It’s amazing how different fabrics change the feel of a dress so much. Beautiful!

  49. Cat S September 17, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    This is beautiful Tasia. It’s good to find a cord you like. I too like to make the same dress several times to get the fit right, although I’ve been distracted by making them for others! It’s already too cold here in the north of the UK for a dress like this but it looks beautiful on you in the sunshine.

  50. Cheryl Scott September 17, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Wow! The finishing is gorgeous!

  51. Amanda September 18, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Love it! I wouldn’t have guessed it was corduroy – I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a bright floral corduroy print – how lovely! :) I love that you were able to re-use this same dress pattern three times and make such different versions each time. I also admire the refined fit you were able to achieve by doing this – it’s what we all strive for!! ^__^

  52. KimberlyPearl September 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Gorgeous fabric choice!

  53. Becky Thompson September 24, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    That dress is gorgeous on you and I love all the little embellishments you did. The length is absolutely perfect and you are correct about the neckline. It’s professional, yet elegant, and fun at the same time. And corduroy? Perfect! Nicely done!

  54. Julia Bobbin October 2, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    wow it looks absolutely amazing and fits you like a glove! Well done!

  55. amelia January 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I would love to see Sewaholic publish a *similar* pattern since this one isn’t available any more!