Red with white polka dots dress, McCall’s 5881, Sep 2013

I made this dress, from a cotton fabric bought at JoAnn’s, using McCall’s 5881 pattern.  I have received compliments on it every that I wear it.

Its construction is fairly straightforward.  The only tricky thing is the fit of the bust band: since it’s constructed and finished before being joined to the lower part, it’s just about impossible to adjust its fit if it’s too loose or too tight. The only possible way to do that I can see is to include a tiny of room for adjustment at the side zipper opening. You can’t really add too much allowance there since it’s to one side and too much added or taken out there will make the garment too obviously off-center.