Sew a Summer Dress with NEW! Crepe Knit Fabrics and Quick Pattern Fitting Tips

Crepe Knits and McCalls Dress Pattern M7353 Available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Sew a Summer Dress with NEW! Crepe Knit Fabrics and Quick Pattern Fitting Tips

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Sew a Quick Summer Dress with Nancy Zieman's McCall's M7353 Dress Pattern and NEW! Crepe Knits available at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Looking for a fresh new addition to your summer wardrobe? Sew a super-simple empire dress with with our NEW! Crepe Knits! Like other knit garments, this dress is stylish and comfortable to wear. Our knit dress and top collection, M7353 from The McCall Pattern Company, sews up quickly – from just three main pattern pieces!

McCall's M7353 Knit Dress and Top pattern by Nancy Zieman available at ShopNZP.com

 

Choose View C Cowel Neck, or View B Scoop Neck. Then choose one of our four NEW! limited edition Crepe Knit Fabrics and stitch a beautiful new knit pull-over dress! And/or wear as a tunic–when you pair with leggings.

NEW Crepe Knits Available at The Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio and at Nancy Zieman Productions at ShopNZP.com

Our McCall’s M7353 Dress Pattern is available multi-sized 6–14, and multi-sized 14–22.

Depending upon your fabric choice, this quick-to-sew fashion can be made for daywear, your next vacation, casual lunch dates, or even evening wear.

McCall's M7353 Knit Dress and Top pattern by Nancy Zieman available at ShopNZP.com

Sew A New Summer Dress in 4 Hours!

With McCall’s M7353 Dress Pattern, the sewing time is minimal! In fact, the dolman-sleeve style eliminates setting in sleeves. How speedy it that! Plus, we know you’ll enjoy the elastic casing technique; the elastic is sandwiched within the seam – eliminating the traditional topstitching step.

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Sew a Super-Quick and Comfortable Summer Dress – with NZP’s NEW! Crepe Knit Fabrics

 

Layout Pattern on Fabric

Nancy's McCalls’ M7353 Dress Pattern Made with NEW! Crepe Knit Fabrics available at ShopNZP.com

Note From Team Nancy6Deanna from Team NZP chose Grape Floral Crepe for her summer dress! Our Floral Crepe in Grape features a beautiful floral design – that repeats every 24″. Purchase 3 yards to make our McCall’s M7353 Pattern in any size, 6-22.

New Crepe Knit Fabrics available at ShopNZP.com

  • After laying out the bodice front, bodice back, and skirt pattern pieces, slide the pattern pieces up or down and position the floral repeated design where you’d like. Pin pattern pieces in place.
Make a Quick Spring Tunic with Nancy Zieman's McCall's M7353 Dress Pattern and NZP's NEW! Crepe Knits available at ShopNZP.com

Note From Team Nancy6Deanna chose to locate the center of the floral repeat at the empire waist line. The photo above shows the skirt front already cut out and placed on the skirt back pattern piece, before cutting out skirt back. This helps align the repeated floral design on both the front and back skirt panels.

 

Sew a Quick Spring Dress and alter neckline with Clover's Curve Ruler Set

Note From Team Nancy6Before cutting out the fabric pieces, Deanna turned the scoop neckline into a round neckline – by raising the center front neck opening 1″ – using Clover’s Curve Ruler. She also lengthened the bodice front and bodice back, adding 1″ for a fuller bustline, as most patterns are drafted for a size B-cup: Add 1/2″ for each cup size.

Make a Quick Spring Tunic with Nancy Zieman's McCall's M7353 Dress Pattern Clover's 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and NZP's NEW! Crepe Knits available at ShopNZP.com

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Note From Team Nancy6Before sewing your new summer dress, cut several 1/2″ wide bias strips of Pellon’s Easy-Knit Interfacing – to stabilize dress neckline, sleeve hems, and lower dress hem!

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

 

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • With right sides together, align front and back at shoulders. Pin.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

 Note From Team Nancy6 A Crepe Knit dress is an ideal sewing project to stitch on a serger sewing machine. Be sure to place pins parallel to seam edges – when stitching your dress with a serger!

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

 Note From Team Nancy6 If you don’t have a serger handy, stitch your summer dress with a sewing machine set for a wobble stitch. A wobble stitch is a slight zigzag stitch set at 2.0-2.5 length and .5 width. This stitch appears as a straight stitch from the right side, while providing a slight amount of stretch to the seam.

Stitch a New Crepe Knit Dress with a Wobble Stitch at the Nancy Zieman Blog

  • Follow pattern instructions for adding neck facing, or simply fold under 1/2″ at neckline and pin.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

Schmetz Stretch Twin Needle 4.0, Size 75 available at ShopNZP.com

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • On right side of fabric, topstitch neckline with Double Needle stitching!

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

Note From Team Nancy6 Topstitching knits with a Double Needle produces a professional appearance, and allows seams to slightly stretch – without breaking threads! Or, use a coverstitch on a serger.

Make a Quick Spring Tunic with Nancy Zieman's McCall's M7353 Dress Pattern a Double Needle and NZP's NEW! Crepe Knits available at ShopNZP.com

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • With right sides together, align front and back at underarm seams. Pin.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch underarm seams.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Fold under 1/2″ at sleeve hems and pin.
  • On right side of fabric, topstitch sleeve hems with Double Needle stitching, or use a coverstitch on a serger.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Set bodice unit aside.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • With right sides together, align pockets to skirt front, and to skirt back. Pin.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch pockets to skirt front and skirt back. Using Eze-View Press Cloth, press seams flat, then press towards pockets.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Align skirt front to skirt back, matching pockets and side seams. Pin.
  • At sewing machine, stitch side seams with a wobble stitch, leaving pocket opening between dots.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch pocket outer edges together to side seams, pivoting stitching below pockets and stitching to hem.
  • Turn pockets toward front, along side-seams. Pin. Machine baste pocket tops to skirt front.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • With right sides together, insert bodice unit into skirt unit. Pin.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

 

 

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch bodice to skirt with 7/8″ seam allowance.
  • Optional: Grade bodice seam allowance to 1/4″ – to eliminate bulk in seam. Be sure to not trim away skirt seam allowance!
  • Press waistline up towards bodice. Pin.

 

Note From Team Nancy6Insert a rotary cutting mat into dress, and pin waistline seam to lower bodice. The rotary mat prevents inadvertently pinning through all layers! 

  • Using Marking Pen and ruler, mark a stitching line at 3/4″ above stitched waist seam. Stitch along marked line to form elastic casing, leaving 2-3″ opening near side seam – for inserting elastic.

Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

  • Stitch one end of elastic to a fabric rectangle. Stitch and backstitch through the elastic and fabric several times. Thread opposite end of elastic through locking eye of Clover’s Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin.
Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman
  • Insert elastic through casing opening.
Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman
  • Meet opposite end of elastic to stitched elastic end. Stitch and backstitch through the elastic and fabric several times.
Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman
  • Trim away excess fabric, on all four sides of fabric rectangle.
Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman
  • Insert stitched elastic into the casing opening.
Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman
  • Stitch the casing opening closed, stretching the elastic while stitching.
Sew a Super Quick Spring Dress McCall's 7353 by Nancy Zieman

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The bernette 42 FUNLOCK Coverstitch only Machine features coverstitch options in 2.8 mm and 5.6 mm widths, plus a chain stitch!

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 If you’re traveling through the Wisconsin countryside this summer, make plans to visit the The Nancy Had a Notion History Exhibit! The exhibit will be on display on the 2nd floor of The Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio–Now easily accessible by our new elevator, Monday through Saturday this summer!

Take a video tour of our NEW! Crepe Knits! with Deanna Springer

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For a chance to be the random winner of one Double-Eyed Needle from Team NZP, please leave a comment below about our One Seam Skirt by the Stitch it! Sisters!

NZP will give away one Double-Eyed Needle to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states. Winner must reply within 30 days to the official giveaway announcement email message sent from Nancy Zieman Productions.

 

Happy Sewing!

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4 Comments

  • Susan
    August 11, 2022

    One Seam Skirt by the Stitch it! Sisters! is a great way to create a garment in a short period of time and looks great.

  • Carolyn T
    August 11, 2022

    The simplicity of this pattern calls to me. Great tips for attaching the bodice to the skirt. Thanks!

  • Deborah
    August 11, 2022

    Wish there was a utube video on making this dress or tunic!

  • Dixie
    August 11, 2022

    Great one seam skirt that can be made quickly. Love it!

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