Royal Wedding Sewalong – the Red Dress


Everyone who has met me in person, knows that I am a total Anglophile. I live by the Samuel Johnson quote, “When a man tires of London he tires of life.” In fact, this blog started out as a travel diary for my year abroad at the University of Exeter.

When McCall’s announced they were doing a Royal Wedding Sewalong and contest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sew up a dress (or two) and take pictures.


For my pattern, I chose New Look 6262 but after looking at my favorite tried-and-true dress pattern, Simplicity 2444, I decided to switch the gathers to pleats.

This dress is made from red poppy print stretch sateen from Stylemaker Fabrics. Funnily enough, one of the sewalong leaders, Lindsey from Inside the Hem, chose this fabric as well. I guess great minds think alike!

You bet I got into character and bought a fascinator just for these pictures! It’s amazing how much more festive you feel with a little hat on your head!
I am very proud of the fit on the back of this dress. Look how smooth it is! The invisible zip went in very well too.
There isn’t much to say about constructing this dress – it’s a very easy to make dress! I opted for a lined bodice made from stretch cotton sourced at I was worried that a non-stretch lining would make the stretch sateen main fabric pull funny.
I’m ready for some royal spotting!   Are you excited for Harry & Meghan’s wedding?

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