It’s rare I sew for someone other than my kids, husband or myself. However, my girl Bubbling Brooke lucked up. During one of my many pattern hauls, I purchased McCall’s 7533. Just as I was about to cut the pattern, I realized I had the wrong size. After I got over my flub, felt the urge to ‘pay-it-forward’ and do something generous for someone well-deserving.

Now, whether Brooke knows it or not, I owe her. She was the first person I confided in about my blog aspirations. Being her usual insightful and intuitive self, she listened and encouraged me to start my blog. I felt like there was no better way to show my appreciation than to gift her with a garment made with gratitude.

Inside I’ll share with you my experience sewing for someone else and opinion of McCall’s 7533.


McCall’s 7533 was released in early Spring. It contains semi-fitted sheath dress with various sleeve lengths and shaped hems. It’s suitable for lightweight to medium woven fabrics. For this project, I made View C.


Easy. The instructions are few and the sewing time is less than 2 hours.


100% cotton fabric that I purchased for Wal-Mart.


Now when you create garments for someone else, you have to consider their person style and body shape. Brooke is about 5’2” and curvy on the bottom. Her personal style is what I like to call ‘classic-chic.’ Her wardrobe consists of a lot of great staple pieces with easy silhouettes. Her statement piece is usually her shoes. Brooke definitely knows her body and dresses accordingly.

The difference between her bust and waist is about a size and a half. To ensure this sheath dress had the appropriate amount of ease, I had to grade out just below bust line of the pattern to accommodate her hips.  I also reduced the length of the dress to accommodate her short frame.




I’ve never sewn for someone petite. As you can imagine, there was a learning curve. I realized that adjustments should have been made across the upper part of the back (shoulder-to-shoulder.)


I enjoyed sewing this pattern. It was a quick sew and it made me feel good to show her how much I appreciate her encouragement. As always, she made it her own and looked uber cute.

Brooke is a blogger as well. As I previously stated, she’s very insightful and is always reflecting and sharing her wisdom. I highly recommend you check out her blog at

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