McCall’s 7279 Sheath Fit Pattern

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We are so excited about the launch of this new McCall’s fit pattern. It’s been 22 years since the last one came out! This new one reflects how we are fitting and sewing NOW! This pattern not only has updated fitting information in the guide sheet but also includes this fashion dress with length and sleeve variations and an optional collar.

Dresses have optional collar, fitted bodice, semi-fitted skirt, stitched hems, and invisible back zipper and hemline slit.Designed for medium-weight woven fabrics.

All sizes in one envelope.

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Pati Palmer, longtime designer for The McCall Pattern Co., has designed a new dress fit pattern with complete instructions on the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method for dresses, tops and skirts. The new pattern – McCall’s first Palmer/Pletsch dress fit pattern since 1983 – teaches fashion-sewers how to fit patterns to their body. It also includes a fashion dress pattern to sew after the alterations have been made for a custom fit.

A dress fit pattern, says Palmer, enables fashion-sewers to make their own “body map” to learn the alterations they require to sew any dress, top or skirt pattern. The need for a new pattern, she says, came from the fact that the fit pattern she designed for McCall’s in 1983 no longer represented much of what she and other Palmer/Pletsch instructors currently teach in their fitting classes. “The previous pattern, though revolutionary at the time, was now only good for the shape of the pieces,” says Palmer, who first designed for Vogue in 1975, “it looked nothing like our new patterns.”

The new dress fit pattern, McCall’s 7279, like all current Palmer/Pletsch designs for McCall’s, is multisize, has alteration lines on the tissue, and includes complete tissue-fitting instructions in the guidesheet. (The old pattern called for sewing a gingham shell and fitting from that, which Palmer/Pletsch no longer teaches.)

McCall’s agreed on the need for a new Palmer/Pletsch dress fit pattern and also wanted it to be a fashion dress to sew after altering. So M7279 is really two patterns in one. Everyone can use the fit pattern to make their own body map to learn what alterations are needed to fit other styles.
And then those desiring a fitted dress can go on to make this fashion classic in multiple ways by varying the design details and fabric choice. The fashion dress pattern can be made sleeveless or with various sleeve and skirt lengths. It even includes an optional collar for the round neckline.

Palmer points out that another valuable feature of the new pattern, especially for teachers, is that all sizes 6–22 are in one envelope. There are three sizes per sheet of tissue. This means teachers will not have to guess which sizes to have on hand for their classes.

Pati Palmer and Marta Alto will use this pattern in their new online 3-day Fit Workshop for The class will show four figure types fitted in the bodice, sleeve, and skirt from McCall’s 7279. One figure will be pin-fitted in fabric for this design. The other three figures will be fitted in other fashion styles based on what they learned from their body map, first in tissue and then in fabric. For hands-on fit classes, check the Certified Palmer/Pletsch Teachers at or attend a 4-day Fit Workshop and the optional Teacher Training in Portland, Seattle, Richland (MI), and Philadelphia.


Additional information

Weight 0.25 lbs
Dimensions 8 x 6 x 0.25 in

1 review for McCall’s 7279 Sheath Fit Pattern

  1. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5

    cindi Franks:

    Yes!! It works! I loved teaching my beginning sewers with this pattern. It empowers sewers to choose any pattern and make a well fitting garment. the students can also use this pattern as a building base to create anything they can dream up, if they are so inclined. My class loved being able to understand why clothes don’t fit them. I learned a great deal from my students as well.
    Our class focused mainly on the bodice top since that is more intricate and class time was limited. We did use gingham to see how the grain of fabric is used. Some students missed class and did not get farther than fitting the top so we sewed it and practiced the zipper on a scrap fabric. I feel certain that, with the instructions provided, students can go home and fit the sleeves and skirt unaided. Those who progressed more quickly and did not miss class have a complete pattern from which they can alter other patterns.
    I have found McCall’s patterns to be friendly as far as interchanging basic pieces. These have always been my favorite and, when I discovered Palmer/Pletsch, it was even better for me. The instructions are thorough and easy to follow, being well illustrated and just logical. Other patterns sometimes lack the clarity I find in these. Palmer/Pletsch really “gets” students and understands the learning process. My own sewing improved when I began to study these pattern instructions; the pro tips being a main influence and the courage they gave me to try challenging things.
    Thank you to all who have put so much into enabling the home seamstress to excel and thank you to those who will take the mantle into the future! This fitting process is truly the BEST.

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