Sunday, March 9, 2014

McCall's 2401---The Leopard Print "Knock-Out" Dress!

I don't think I've ever devoted as many posts to a single piece of fabric as I did for this leopard print knit. I got into such a fight with this fabric and was glad to emerge victorious! I won with a "knock-out" LOL!  Thanks so much for the helpful info many of you provided regarding my sewing difficulties (mentioned in my last post). I ended up washing the fabric (although it was cut up and already partially sewn together) to get rid of some of the slick fabric finishing. That actually helped a bit with the sewing but I ended up using my serger and coverstitch machine to ensure non-skipped stitches. For the record I normally prewash all of my fabric but every blue moon I may skip with a polyester. Trust me this wasn't the fabric to skip the washing step on. Anyhow, despite the challenges I was able to sew up a cute dress. And in the end that's all that really matters right;). I picked a very simple pattern so I could showcase the fabric and let it speak for itself. Here's the review......

Time to Sew:
If I hadn't had such a fight with my fabric this would've been done in 2 hours.

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
Very simple!!!

Pattern Description:
Simple dress with back and front darts and various necklines.

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the size 12 but ended up grading down the bodice and inch or so for a snugger fit.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sorta, I made a few changes to it.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Didn't really need them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the simple style to showcase my fabric.

Fabric Used:
Black leopard print knit with light blue background

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
*reduced back length 1"---short waist alteration.
*ditched the zipper and sewed down the back seam.
*scooped out the neckline a bit.

What would you do differently next time?:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's likely. It's a great simple pattern to pair with very busy fabric.

Wardrobe Versatility:
It s a cute dress you can pair with a jacket, cardigan, vest etc.

Lovely little dress!


  1. I'm glad you wrestled with that fabric with perseverance cuz You look marvelous! I like it paired with the solid "jacket" and belt more than wearing the dress alone though. For me, too much animal print ...

  2. Well, the fight was worth it- this looks great on you! I like it with and without the cardigan. It's always good when you can get multiple looks out of a garment.

  3. I love the simple, clean lines of this understated design of this pattern... and then that killer print, sooo cool! Glad you won the battle!!

  4. Love the print with those colors. You came out with a great fit on a very flattering dress!

  5. It was so worth the fight! Love it and you look fab :)

  6. Love the dress! I didn't really like that fabric but the dress is terrific!
    Well worth the fight.

  7. Yes you gave it a knockout punch and won! Very cute.

  8. I am not normally a leopard print lover but with the light blue background, I think this is lovely. Even more important, it fits you beautifully and really looks nice on you. Bravo!!!

  9. Very nice! The color looks great.

  10. That leopard print dress is adorable - and a perfect fit! I don't know about you, but I'd say it was well worth all the trouble the fabric caused you. The end result was worth every single minute.

  11. You look stunning in your new dress, certainly worth all the time spent! I'm glad you were able to win this "fight"!


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