Out of the outfits I’ve made so far, this has got to be close to the top of the list. The print is what I adore the most and also how quickly this project came together.
This is M7606 by McCall’s. Described as a very close fitting bodysuit has neckline and sleeve variations. It also includes wrap skirts that have side tie and length variations.
This pattern let’s you know that this is designed only for two way stretch for the bodysuit and this is exactly what I used. I bought this from an Etsy seller in the US. Seeing this Kente print was one thing but the fact that it is one the softest jersey fabrics I’ve ever laid my hands on more than justified the pretty penny I had to pay for it in custom fees to get it over here.
For reference, my body measurements are 34-29-40. I cut a size Small.
The only adjustments I made initially were to extend the top into a dress. I lengthened this by 10″ to my knees.
For the top pattern pieces, there are only 3 pieces that you will need. The front, back and arms. Simple right!?
As there are such few pieces, I didn’t struggle constructing this together. I particularly liked the neckline detail which only requires 1/4″ elastic to create a mini ruching effect. Instead of using a zigzag stitch to finish the necklines and hems, I used hemming tape with a hot iron to avoid stretching it out by accident under the machine. Which worked wonders!
To level up the outfit, it was a simple hack you see. All it was, was that I couldn’t pull my dress down below my waist as the material is very stretchy. I liked the look of the now converted top and simply pulled on a pair of jeans to complete the look. 2 looks from the make of 1!
Overall, this came together particularly quickly under the serger. A great beginner project to start with and get creative with. There will definitely more to add to the wardrobe in future.