McCall’s M7405 Pattern Review

This is a late pattern review for me because I made this dress last summer. Now that we are nearing this summer, I’ve had a chance to wear this dress a few times. So now that I think about it, that makes it an even better review! So let me start by saying that this is a very nice summer dress. It is however, shapeless. So it is best paired with a denim jacket or a floppy hat or a really cute pair of sandals or heels. The best part about this dress is the neckline gathers. It also has a back neck slit.

So on to my pattern review. I sewed the McCall’s pattern M7405. I picked this pattern because it is designed for the beginner. The instructions are easy to follow. There is no zipper since it is a loose fitting pullover dress. You can learn how to make a casing with a drawstring, which is the gathered neckline.

I picked view A which is a dress with a straight skirt above the knee. There are other hemline variations such as long, long with a slit and a shaped hemline. This pattern suggests medium weight woven and knit fabrics such as challis, cotton knit, crepe and gauze. I chose a crepe fabric.

I have one issue with this dress which can be easily resolved. The armholes are too long. The opening is too far down. I think I probably could have sewed a size smaller especially since it is a loose fitting dress. That might have resolved the too long armhole issue. But since I didn’t figure this out until after the dress was finished, I can just do some quick alterations by fixing the armholes to fit.

Can’t wait to wear this dress again this summer! This time with armholes that fit…

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DIY tea party with scones and lemon curd

I felt like having a tea party. So I found my favorite tea pot, some cloth napkins, my favorite Tinkerbell tea mug from my Uncle and my favorite little saucer. My favorite part of any tea party are the scones and lemon curd. I decided to whip up some homemade scones and lemon curd.

I found the scones recipe from allrecipes.com. The scones came out moist and delicious. It was also very light and airy. I believe that is because of the 5 teaspoons of baking powder in the recipe. It’s been a long time since I’ve made scones so I was surprised with how many teaspoons of baking powder went in the recipe. The baking powder definitely helped the batter to rise enough and make enough bubbles in the batter to make a very light and airy scone.

The dough was pretty tricky to handle because it was so sticky, but I managed. Instead of making scones that were triangular, I made them circular since it was easier to drop them onto the baking sheet.

I also made mini scones using a mini cupcake tin. They came out great!

Next, I made the lemon curd. I found the lemon curd recipe at allrecipes.com. It was very easy to make. I’m lucky to have a lemon tree in my backyard so I picked a nice big lemon for this recipe.

I have never made lemon curd before so I was surprised to find out that there are eggs and butter in the recipe. Also, it has to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Our tea party turned out great. The scones and lemon curd were delicious.

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