DIY Cowl Neck Dress | McCall M7047

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Now that Valentine’s Day is over, I thought I’d reveal my make for the special day. I can’t believe that I’ve been sewing for a year now and I’ve just made a little black dress.

When I decided to make a dress for the special day, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. One thing was for sure though, I’d be making it with stretch velvet. Last year, I failed with this fabric, but this year I was determined to conquer it. Conquer it I did. I was prepared with a walking foot and an easy, quick pattern.

After some contemplation, I decided on the M7047 pattern. I just didn’t have the bandwidth to try to play around with drafting my own pattern. I felt that this pattern would give me the look that I was going for. The only modification that I made was drafting my own skirt. I wanted to ensure that it was fitted all the way down and not flared as shown on the pattern.

I’ve mentioned before that I need to go down a size, so for this bodice I cut out a size 14. This change in size was perfect and I’ll continue to buy smaller. I really enjoyed the versatility of the cowl neck. I could place it anyway that I chose and still get a very chic look.

I’ll be honest… I didn’t actually wear this dress on Valentine’s Day. I actually wore this to the formal dinner that was apart of a marriage conference that we attended. I paired it with some $8 shoes from Target that hurt like all get out! Needless to say, I kicked them off real quick when it was time to hit the dance floor. #NeverAgain.

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