Sometimes when I’m puttering around town, I go to an old time fabric store in Ventura called Fabric Town. They have a pile of discontinued patterns they sell for three dollars each. I saw McCall’s 7009, and thought is would make a cozy dress for Gigi for winter. I only just finished it last night. I’d started and put it aside about a month ago. I had forgotten about it since the fitting issues had frustrated me, but it’s not as bad as I remember. Time has a way of easing frustrations.
I was drawn to this pattern for the cowl neck and the circle skirt. I wouldn’t recommend this pattern, but if you want to make a similar style you could make Kitschy Koo’s little girls’ skater dress and then follow my tutorial for a adding a cowl neck.
I don’t usually make kids Big 4 patterns and this really confirms why I don’t. After cutting the size 6, I wasn’t about to muslin this simple project, I realized it looked HUGE. More like a size 10. A try on confirmed my hunch and I had to remove about 6 inches from the bodice. I also shortened the waist a few inches. The pattern had a drop waist which I didn’t really like in this fabric. And I shortened the arms. But there was nothing to be done about the shoulders since I noticed those too late.
. I have an average sized 6 year old. Thin, but still pretty average. So I’m not sure where these measurements on their size 6 comes from… I know the average American kid has gotten bigger, thanks to growth hormones, but these measurements were ridiculous! No wonder this pattern is discontinued. But Gigi loves it, so I consider it a success. The customer is always right, so they say! And it goes nicely with the shearling coat I made her. But too bad, winter is almost over. Better late than never!
The fabric is a lovely quilted cotton knit I found downtown for only two dollars a yard. I wish I had bought more, as it’s the softest and coziest fabric I ‘ve ever sewn. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was organic, too.It’s so comfy Gigi actually slept in it last night!