Monday, 10 December 2012

McCall's 5927 Dress

Hi Everyone,

The heat was on and I shopped my stash and found some palm leaf print rayon to make a floppy dress for days when it is just too hot to wear anything close to your skin. Of course as soon as I finished the dress the weather cooled dramatically but I am not complaining. There will be plenty of hot days ..

The dress is based on M 5927.  I used the bodice and teamed it with the pattern for the skirt lining which I expanded by twice the width to make a gathered skirt. I did bias strip edging for the neckline and sleeves because I ran out of material to make facings. My original plan was a shorter skirt with a deep hem to give the rayon some weight but then I decided to keep the longer length. The midi length has always been a favourite of mine, so I am making a statement that is anti-fashon. I've dressed up for photos here but in reality this dress will probably be a beach garment teamed with rubber thongs (flip-flops) more often than not.

I cut the dress too large and had to take it in to make it a bit less sack-like. I took it in a bit at the sides and a bit at the back darts, then I took the zip out and took it in a bit down the whole length of the zip, tried it on and I found I could get into it without putting the zipper back.

Do you like my minimalist sewing nook? I am trying to keep it uncluttered. I've moved my old bookcase to another room and there is a space here waiting for my new custom made 8 cube bookcase which is being delivered today. That's where I will stash all my sewing magazines and my projects in progress and current patterns as well.
I'm amazing myself with my spur of self organization.  Who needs New Year Resolutions?

BTW I've made this dress before. Here is the 'proper' version on DD.

Happy Sewing,


  1. A lovely, cool summer dress Valerie. Living in the tropics I really appreciate the need for these. I love a drop-waist style, and this has worked out perfectly for you. Another great sew!

  2. Lovely dress Valerie. Perfect for a hot Aussie summer. Lovely material too.

  3. What beautiful summery cool fabric. Great choice for this style dress. Don't worry about a few cooler rainy days, the heat will be straight back...

  4. Lovely summer dress, the colors go so well with your hair and face. Enjoy the warm weather, here winter has really started with snow last week and temperatures below zero, you know how that feels ;)

  5. It is a perfect dress for summer . Rayon feels so nice - you are lucky to have some in your stash .

  6. Thanks Patricia and BeeJay..
    Sigrid - snow was so rare last year the idea of it is still special..
    Janine - I have just about everything in the stash.