Two New Patterns For Spring M7287 + M7542

Spring could not come any faster here in Washington. Its been a cold, wet, never-ending winter. I may be jumping ahead but I pulled out these two patterns for spring. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the snow, for the first month or so, but I am ready for some warmer weather.

I’ve been trying my hand at some more serious sewing projects. I love to refashion, but I use very basic sewing skills for that. I kind of just wing it! People are always asking me about my sewing abilities and they just aren’t as good as you’d think. So I have been trying to improve my sewing skills. These two patterns were easy but challenging enough for me!

The skirt is McCall’s 7287 and the top is McCall’s 7542. The fabric I scored thrifting, I got nearly 10 yards for $8, a total deal. It’s a really light weight chambray material, but still a little stiff. I really love the skirt and can see myself wearing it more than the top. The fabric didn’t really drape well in the sleeves, since it’s a little too stiff.

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Things I learned from these two patterns:

How to hem on a curve. It’s harder than you think! The flounce sleeves and the flounce on the skirt both are curved and I had never really hemmed on a narrow curve like that before. Key tip, lots of ironing

Inserting a zipper. I know, I know, basics right? I have only ever put in one zipper before with my mom’s helps. The skirt has a short 7 inch zipper that I installed easily.

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I love to sew, leave me a comment below of one of your favorite patterns for spring that I just have to try!