McCall’s 6554

8 May

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Pattern: McCall’s 6554, Fashion Star

Fabric:  Stretch sateen (main) and Kaufman Radiance (silk/cotton) for belt

Notes: 

Is it bad if I confess that I could have finished this a week ago, except I was waiting on the tube turner set I ordered to arrive in the mail?  I really don’t know how I lived without this device.  I had no idea turning tubes could be easy!

I’m pretty pleased with how this dress came out.  I admit that I made it because the fabric matches my walls, even though I was afraid of the butterflies making it a little too young for me.  And to be honest, the fabric does limit the places this dress can be worn.  It feels appropriate for an afternoon tea, but alas my life is short on such events.  I think I will wear it to a wedding later this summer – it’s good for an outdoor wedding!

I didn’t have enough fabric, so I made the sash in a contrast.  I like it better that way – it makes it less matchy.  The pattern itself was easy, but do yourself a favor – do not line it the way it says!  Use the method that avoids handsewing instead.

I trimmed 3 inches off the length because, again, I was afraid it was too young looking.  I cut a straight size 10, but I would do an 8 if making it again.  The belt helps it fit, but it’s a still a little too wide in the upper chest (the neck gapes a little in the front.)  This is one of McCall’s Fashion Star patterns, but I confess I have never seen the show.  I’m surprised at this, because it’s really such a basic pattern.  Easy enough for beginners, no problem.

So… I’m back making things again.  My personal style has changed a little, and this feels more of the old me, so I plan to examine that soon, hopefully before making something else.  I am in grad school now, but luckily all my summer classes are distance learning (I was not looking forward to commuting every day!)

Back soon with more plans…

 

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20 Responses to “McCall’s 6554”

  1. azterya May 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    I didn’t even notice the butterflies til you mentioned it.
    It’s definitely a summery looking dress and looks fab on you.

  2. Laura Mae May 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I love that color on you! And I don’t think that the print looks too young – it just makes the dress look perfect for Spring and Summer!

  3. Gjeometry May 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    So pretty!! Gorgeous dress, what a great job you did with it. and, I prefer the contrasting belt, as well. I’m not a fan of matching fabric belts, unless it is for a trench coat type of thing.

  4. Mood Fabrics (@Mood_Fabrics) May 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Lovely!

  5. Jenny May 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    I think this print is lovely! I would also be very interested to know more about your tube turner set. It seems that I constantly hear people say that you don’t really need them, but every time I’m turning a narrow tube, I think a little gizmo would be very helpful!

  6. cjgal May 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Cute! I love that it matches your sewing room :)

  7. Jenny May 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Lovely dress! I’m in a summer sundress sewing mood as well. I’d love to hear about your tube turner. I have a bodkin and I don’t see what the fuss is about because I still end up cursing when I try to turn a tube with it.

  8. allisonC May 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I love that you made a dress to match your new sewing room! It’s a very pretty dress without being too young and girly – I think the contrast sash is a great addition – perfect for all kinds of summer occasions.

  9. Alison May 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    The two best sewing notions I’ve ever used are the tube turner and the elastic threader. For real.

    And this dress is adorable as is your turquoise wall!

  10. Kitten May 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    This is such an adorable and bright dress! I love it and the wall color behind you. (I am biased, however. We had a room painted a very similar color.) I’m sorry if you feel the dress isn’t your current style, but I do think it’s terrific.

  11. BeingZhenya May 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    This is awesome! I have a dress I’ve been working on since March! UGH lazy me!
    Maybe I’ll finally finish it this weekend!
    Xo
    Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com

  12. Deb May 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I love the fabric you chose for this! Very pretty. :)

  13. Clipped Curves May 9, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Looks fantastic. Fresh and summery – perfect for a wedding. The contrastive belt was a good call.

  14. Jessica May 9, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Jessica, I just wanted to say how cool it is to watch your evolution on this blog. Self-employment, going back to school, and now you’re in grad school … it’s really inspiring to see someone make changes and grow into themselves. I started following your blog for your crazy prodigious sewing output, but I’ve stayed because of who you are. Keep it up! Lovely dress, by the way, welcome back to making things :-).

  15. Carolyn May 9, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    The contrast belt really makes this pop! It’s a lovely dress that compliments your lovely walls! :)

  16. Mikhaela Reid May 9, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    It’s fabulous and I love that it matches your pretty wall color.

  17. Janet Friel May 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Gorgeous dress and beautiful fabric!

  18. Kelly May 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    You really do match the wall! I don’t think the fabric looks too young, and it really is perfect for a wedding.

  19. Amanda May 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    This is a perfect spring time dress! I love the bow- it makes the pattern pop!

  20. Gwen May 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Love the color and style. Great choice!

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