Pattern review McCall’s summer halter dress M7405 – and bloopers

Here’s my fashion tip of the week: when your mom wears jeggings that have a fake zipper placket on the front, remind her to not put them on backwards. I saw this humorous sight the other day at the store and I just had to laugh because someday that will be me.

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I finally made a dress for myself that I love! This summer I tried making a kimono dress, then I tried making a shiny structured dress, but those were mostly failures. Well, I am almost done with my Alabama Chanin tank top, and I love that as well as my super comfy pajama pants.

The pattern I used is McCall’s M7405. It’s a cute halter dress that I’ve wanted to make for years. I finally did it because, well, JoJo on the Bachelorette kept wearing halters and she looked so darn cute!

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I bought 2.5 yards of 45″ rayon challis floral fabric. Challis “art silk” can get super wrinkly but I love how it drapes and it’s so breathable. I used pattern A, but wanted it longer, so I added 7.5 inches to the length since that’s what my 2.5 yards of fabric gave me.

I’m normally a size small, but I went up to a medium because that’s what the measurements on the package told me to use. I ended up taking it in so much that it was a size XS. Pattern A didn’t come with a belt, so I used my satin robe’s belt just to see what it would look like. I loved the look so much I decided to just use that with the dress!

This dress took me about 3 hours to make, minus washing and ironing the fabric. It’s such a quick sew because there are only 3 pieces in the pattern! Some tweaks I made to the pattern are adding a keyhole in the front. I just cut down the front until just above my cleavage area. It’s not perfect enough that you should use that technique to sell clothes, but it works for me. I also made the side slit higher up on the leg to above the knee.

I just love this pattern and will definitely be making a couple more of these at some point in a floor-length version and a handkerchief hem version! I saw a handkerchief hem halter dress on Rent The Runway and I just have to have it.

Here are some more views of the dress as well as some bloopers to go along with it, because you gotta laugh at yourself sometimes!

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