McCalls 6953

I needed some clothes for work. I wanted a dress that is conservative i.e. hem not up to here 🙂 , but still nicely feminine. I went with McCall’s 6953 because I liked its fit-and-flare silhouette, and because I have some soft floral rayon from The Common Thread, a cool Austin fabric store South of the river. I used the pattern’s black-and-white graphic to “design” the dress in Photoshop beforehand. I used a photo of the fabric from my “fabrics inventory database” as a swatch to “fill” the empty areas of the dress graphic. I was also planning on modifying the neckline to to be a narrow scoop neck line instead of the design’s jewel neck line.

I tried several variations and settled on one with dark forest green sides and light blue trim at the waist:

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It’s a good thing I wanted contrast inserts at the sides because I didn’t quite enough of the fabric for the dress, not even for this shorter knee-length version.

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Closer-ups:

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Edit: A person asked on my review on patternreview.com about the facings. Here are a couple more pics of the lining and facing. I cut the facing in pieces from the fabric’s scraps, positioning the pieces’ inside edge on the selvage. I stitched the facing in position on top of the lining and construct the dress and lining as normal. The left pic below is the inside of the bodice back and the right pic is the inside of the bodice front. As you can see, I did not add a facing at the neck line, choosing instead to merely understitch the lining. (The zig zag stitches secure the rick rack trim.)

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2 Comments on “McCalls 6953”

  1. #1 Susan Menta
    on Jul 10th, 2014 at 19:51

    Love this on you. Great choice with the contrast panels. Super hot!!!

  2. #2 aqn
    on Jul 16th, 2014 at 22:20

    Thanks Susan!