Handkerchief Dress – McCall’s 7402

I made one of the most comfortable dresses thus far. I used McCall’s 7402 and some of the softest Ankara fabric every to create this beautiful piece. The pattern is described as a pullover dress and pullover jumpsuit which has draped sides and narrow hems. I have always thought of this style as a handkerchief dress because of the hem.

Handkerchief Dress McCall's 7402

When I picked up the pattern I was interested in making the dress view B and the jumpsuit D. With the hot weather here in New Orleans, this dress is perfect for lounging around, shopping, and basically whatever you want. It is just that comfortable.

McCall's 7402

I used this gorgeous fabric from Ankara and Lace. The fabric was from one of my monthly subscriptions. I am in love with the vibrant colors in the fabric. After washing it, I could not believe how soft the fabric became. Anyone who has worked with Ankara wax fabric knows that although the fabric is 100% cotton, it tends to be very stiff with very little drape. This fabric is just the opposite, which made it the perfect match for such a flowy dress.

Handkerchief Dress McCall's 7402

The dress was super easy to make. I completed the dress in roughly an hour. Only four pattern pieces and a little interfacing made this a breeze to sew. The only change I made to the pattern was cutting the dress on the shorter portion of view C. After seeing how long it was, I knew it would completely drag the floor if I used the recommended length of the pattern. The finished length is still to the floor for me, but I am only 5’1″. If you are taller, then the full length will most likely work better for you.

Handkerchief Dress McCall's 7402

I found it extremely difficult to pattern match the design, but did the very best that I could. The end results, I just love this dress. I want to make a few more in some breezy flowy fabrics. Although it is mid August, and most stores are bringing in fall fabrics, I still have plenty of summery fabrics in my stash. Here in New Orleans, we have hot weather sometimes well into November. I will try to make at least one more make like this in a fun print, and one in a nice solid.

McCall's 7402

7 Replies to “Handkerchief Dress – McCall’s 7402”

  1. It’s beautiful on you . Did you use bias binding for the neck and armholes ? I don’t know how you did it in a hour . Well done !

    1. Thank you!! The pattern comes with a facing, so that is what I used for the neckline and armhole. And it is only 4 pattern pieces, so it was really a breeze to sew up. Super comfortable as well.

  2. Thank you for showing this dress made up. I have been in two minds about buying this pattern and you have convinced me to buy it. Did you make the jumpsuit? If so does that work well too? I am the same height as you so I know I will have to make the shorter version.

    1. Hi, I just made the dress version. And yes you will definitely need to use the shorter version. My dress drags the ground a bit if I am barefoot or have on flip flops. Please share your version, I would love to see it.

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