McCall’s M7544 Pattern Hack

I set out to create a cute little shift dress! Shift dresses for me are difficult because of my body shape. I haven’t been able to find one that looks right, so I decided to make one myself. Welcome to the McCall’s M7544 hack!

It’s not my favorite (to be honest it kind of looks like a 1960’s maternity dress and the seersucker fabric didn’t help). It’s still quite cute and oh so very comfortable.


Pockets are a must for me anytime I make a dress or skirt. And as usual, they work here as well.

I made version A, but instead of making the pin tucks, I gathered the front. I think if I make it again I will do the pin tucks. I also lowered the neck line.


I made a few adjustments. I did a FBA (full bust adjustment) and a upper BSA (broad shoulder adjustment). Although this pattern has front gathers I still chose to do a FBA. The reason for this is because with a full chest, the gathers would have looked quite pulled apart. To maintain the design’s drape, a FBA is needed. This of course added darts which I think helps shape the dress.


I lengthen the top  about ten inches (from the hem) and I made a 2 inch hem.


As I was writing this post, I realized I didn’t smile not once! In the inside I thought I was looking cool! Oh well…

If you are looking for a quick, easy, and comfy dress, this definitely fits the bill. Even though this dress is a little outside my style, I’m still enjoying wearing it. Couple of things I would have done differently…

  1. Make it out of a fabric with more drape.
  2. Do the damn pin tucks!
  3. Lower the neck line even further. I think this dress needs a little cleavage.

Sew happy! See yeah soon.


3 responses to “McCall’s M7544 Pattern Hack”

  1. HeyMommaCasey Avatar

    I love it!! That fabric is cute! Way to go!


    1. Awe thanks! I was on the fence about the fabric.

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