#RoyalWeddingSewAlong Style Inspo & Suitable Fabrics (McCall's 7684)

As part of the Royal Wedding Sew Along, I'm excited to do something a little different than what I usually do--all finished outfits, all the time! Typically y'all see inspirational collages and to-do lists and then in a few weeks, a completed garment--as if I had Cinderella's fairy godmother toiling away in my sewing room. Doing a structured sew along means I'll be going slowly and taking y'all with me as I sew McCall's 7684 week by week.
This is a David Tutera dress with a bunch of mix-and-matchable options: a high square neck or a v neck, a few different lengths including a high-low option, and a plain, sash, or cummerbund-style waistband. I've chosen the shorter length for my skirt, the sash waistband, and the v-neck (and I'll be chatting next week about whether I decide to lower it slightly or not! I haven't decided yet).

I'm taking inspiration from the elaborate dresses and fascinators worn to British weddings and incorporating a bit of drama into my dress with an exaggerated bow waist and, I hope, a detachable bow at the shoulder. While I won't be wearing any wild hats or fascinators, I want to incorporate that sense of fun into the dress itself! My fabric is semi-sheer, so I think a dual-layered full skirt, along with the bow sash and fitted waist, will give it a slight vintage look. It's also preeeeetty bright, so definitely a spring look!

M7684 suggests taffetta, brocade, shantung, or satin, but this is one of those patterns that could be made in almost anything with a bit of structure, from a suiting wool (for a jumper look with that pleated skirt and a turtleneck underneath? so cute) to a cotton print. I'm keeping my fabric a surprise for now (although I do have it picked) but I think you'll agree it will make a fun, springy dress perfect for a Royal Wedding or a day at the races! Here are a few of my favorite fabrics for this style; click through to the pinterest board for the full fabric details and links!

Will you be sewing along? I hope so! Not sure? Check the McCall's blog for all the details and say yes to the dress (sewalong)... ;)


ps: i. can't. wait.

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