My DIY Dress Series #1: The Floral Print Dress + McCalls 7714 Pattern Review

Happy Monday Lovelies!

 Floral Print Dress (I made)
Fabric: Cotton Stretch Sateen 
 Pattern: McCalls 7714
 How are you all doing? I am doing alright, but currently struggling with a cold and I absolutely detest being sick. I just hope I feel better before I go on vacation in about a week. Last month, I cleaned out my closet and purged it of the items that no longer fit. It was really difficult getting rid of my dresses especially the ones I handmade but there was no point in holding onto them. As a result, I am in the process of replenishing my closet with new handmade dresses. I thought it would be fun to do a series of the different styles of dresses I plan on making. So for the next 10-12 weeks I will sharing a new DIY dress style every week. I shared the list of the 10 dresses I would be making on instastory, you can also check it out plus some BTS under the "DIY Dress Series" highlight on my instagram (@raliat.oyinlola).
 This 1st dress style is "The Floral Print Dress" which I think is a summer staple in every woman's closet. A floral print dress can be worn to several occasions including brunch, church, summer weddings and so on. The bold colors and prints in a floral print make is so fun to wear
 For my version of the floral print dress, I made it in a cotton stretch sateen (one of my favorite fabrics to work with ) from Fashion Fabrics Club. I went with a pattern with a simple silhouette cos I wanted the floral print to stand out. I made the dress with McCalls 7714, view C. The pattern was described as partially lined dresses that have fitted bodice with straight or full pleated skirt, sleeve variations, and back invisible zipper. I cut a size 14 but given the stretch of the fabric, I could have gone down to a size 12.
The only modification I made was to adjust the bodice part into the petite fitting which was included to the pattern already . So I just matched the lines and taped it, note that I only did this for the bodice since I could tell it would have been to short if I adjusted the skirt as well. I lined the bodice with a white cotton blend fabric.  I honestly thought the dress would be more fitted than this, but it turned out to be more of a shift dress. I still love it regardless and I know it would getting a lot of wears since it's so comfortable and easy to throw on. 
I styled it with a part of magenta velvet sandals that was a birthday gift from a friend. Quick tip: I typically style floral prints by matching my accessory/shoes with one of the colors on the print. Another option would be to style it with a pair of nude shoes. 
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a blessed day!

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