Summer Frock Take 2

Well I did say I was on a bit of a roll! I’ve just finished another summer dress using McCall’s 6958. I cut this one out as soon as I finished the first one…

McCall's 6958

This time I used a length of Liberty tana lawn which I bought during my last trip to London – they had a big sale on, I seem to remember a 3m length cost about £30. This one is a wonderful mix of pinks, purples, blues, greens… it sort of reminds me of impressionist paintings, I love it!

McCall's 6958

I used french seams throughout again, I did add a quarter inch to the side seams as the first one was just a touch snug and as this fabric is a lot lighter I felt it needed a bit more ease. I also added quarter of an inch to the shoulder seams, as a way of lowering the bust / waist a little, on the first one I stitched a narrow seam instead. The only other change I made was to cut the skirt 6″ longer than the pattern which allowed me to stitch a more generous 2″ hem. The fabric was also 54″ wide which gave me the width for the extra length, allowing for the wider A-line skirt.

McCall's 6958

It’s been a bit of an interesting afternoon listening to the Ashes cricket match, it’s being held just up the road in Headingley. I’m not particularly into sport, but this one was pretty exciting! I’m Yorkshire through and through whereas my OH is Australian, I kept my cool sitting with some hand-sewing, stitching the facings down and then a bit of cross-stitch! As an aside, my aunt and uncle used to live on Kirkstall road and until the new stand was built they could watch the cricket from their attic window! I persuaded my OH to take some photos before he went for a walk to de-stress – he was well chuffed how many people liked his last arty-farty shot, so he did another one!

McCall's 6958

I really like this pattern, the dresses are comfortable and easy to wear, I think it’s also surprisingly flattering, all the pleats at the front could have made it bulky but it doesn’t. I think I’ll be using this pattern again, though maybe not this summer!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Summer Frock Take 2

  1. claire93 says:

    oh wow! You said you’d make a second dress, but I didn’t realise you’d do it so quickly and beautifully. Love this bright fabric, and dress looks stunning.

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    It looks fabulous and so do you. I think England did us proud today, we do best as the underdogs.

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  3. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, I love this dress pattern, you look fantastic. Regards Mandy xx

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  4. This one is my favorite. It sounds like you have figured out how to make it perfect for yourself.

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  5. MrsCraft says:

    It looks lovely, very clever how you tweaked the pattern to make it perfect for you.

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  6. katechiconi says:

    The fabric works better on this one, as it’s lighter and the pleats don’t ‘box’ as much on the back. Lovely colour, and the fuller skirt is pretty.

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  7. KerryCan says:

    It really is a flattering design for you! Your husband is a good sport . . .

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  8. Lynda says:

    I like these colors and the lawn drapes so nicely. Well done!

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    Those minor adjustments worked splendidly Margaret. The silhouette is unchanged, but I bet you are more comfortable! Beautiful drape!

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  10. Anne says:

    Lovely – and we have the weather for it!!

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  11. Steph says:

    Beautiful fabric, perfect for this pattern! And the artistic photography complements it well!

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  12. kathysnest32 says:


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  13. lovelucie1 says:

    Really lovely. Very flattering in a great colour for you!

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