Friday, March 6, 2015

McCalls 6754 -- Christmas Dress


This is a cellphone photo of my daughter standing in front of my sister-in-law's fireplace after my nephew's wedding, which was the weekend before Christmas.  Yes, I am posting my daughter's Christmas dress in March.  I am a very slow poster.  Also, circumstances conspired against me as far as getting photos.  I had hoped to get some family photos of us all dressed up, but my youngest son came down with an inconvenient stomach virus right as the wedding started, so he and I (and partly his dad) missed the whole thing!! Such is life, at least in this household.....

Anyway, my daughter made this dress in early December to wear to the wedding.  The pattern is McCalls 6754, view D and the fabric is berry stretch velour from Hobby Lobby.  The dress on the cover is very short and my daughter is tall (5'9" plus), so we thought we better add some length to the skirt.  We tried six inches at first, but that would not fit on the fabric, then we went down to four inches.  However, the skirt is quite full and the weight pulls it down, so in the end we only added two inches to the skirt length.

The rest of the pattern was sewn without alterations.  My daughter made a small (size 8-10).  She usually sews a 10.  This pattern is rated 'easy' and I would have to say it really is.  The whole thing sewed up in an afternoon. It has raglan 3/4 sleeves.  The waist seams make a casing for elastic, which helps hold the skirt up. She added knit stay tape to the neckline and the edges of the sleeves and the skirt, then turned them under and stitched them down, using a small zigzag stitch.  The fabric does not fray, so the other seams were stitched and pressed open, no finishing required. And it pulls on over the head, so no zippers or other fasteners to worry about.

I think it looks really cute on her.  The only thing she is not sure about is the raglan sleeves.  We both have really broad shoulders and wonder if the raglan sleeves emphasize that too much?  Also, the velour sheds on the inside, so after wearing the dress she is covered with bits of berry fuzz.  I think that might dissipate with a few more wearings.

We do recommend the pattern.  You can also make a tank top version for a summer dress, and there are some peplum top variations as well.


15 comments:

  1. Very pretty dress for Christmas and a Christmas wedding. I was just wandering around in a Hobby Lobby fabric section. Lots of lovely fabrics. I was looking at some for an ottoman. Anyway, back to the subject at hand...your beautiful, talented daughter. She looks wonderful wearing her own creation. (Sorry about missing the wedding.)

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  2. Golly, she looks beautiful! I have to laugh. I made myself a red stretch velvet dress for Christmas and it was a disaster. Hated it on me. Your daughter wears the color and the fabric so well. Her shoulders look great to me!

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  3. That is a lovely dress and your daughter looks gorgeous.

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  4. What a gorgeous colour! I really don't think that the raglan sleeves draw any unnecessary attention to the shoulder area. The overall effect is very flattering and pretty. Wow! How nice that your daughter sews! And a Christmas wedding.... sigh.... that was on my wish list, but life had other plans!

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  5. Your daughter looks beautiful and festive in her Christmas dress!! No one would know that there were "challenges" going on all around her while she posed and smiled so prettily. The dress and color look like an excellent choice for a Christmas dress.

    Hmmmm...easy. You have almost convinced me that I could tackle this one, even with my basic sewing skills.

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  6. Beautiful daughter and dress! She is quite a seamstress! Your household sounds like mine when we all get together... LOL. Both the bride and the groom (my daughter and new son-in-law) had the flu at their wedding 2 weeks ago!! Excitement and happiness kept them going and we didn't really tell anyone that they were sick...bad on us. But I think half the people there were already down with something. Anyway - thks so much for sharing this lovely pic and story. Coco

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  7. Your daughter looks beautiful in this. The colour is gorgeous. I must check this pattern out!

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  8. Your daughter is very talented. The dress is lovely and the colour is perfect on her. x

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  9. This is a beautiful dress. The colour and style are lovely on your daughter and she is very talented to have made this herself. You must be very proud.

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  10. I bet the fuzz goes away with a couple of washings. I don't think the raglan sleeves are bad at ALL. I think they somehow blend with the neckline/bodice cut, and it is very flattering on her -- esp. the neckline. The length turned out nice as well. I LOVE how her head is crowned with that massive wreath -- she's the Christmas Queen! :)

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  11. Peeking in to say "hi" and hope that all is well! Hugs...

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