Hot! MTL: Next Weekend Dress in Evening

The Facts

Fabric: Dark Blue with Black Tiny Squares cotton lawn, lining
Pattern: McCall’s 3503
Year: 2012
Notions: thread, black bias tape, invisible zipper
Time to complete: off and on after work (6 hours?)
First worn: Jan 22 for photo shoot
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: About $10.00.

When it came to planning the Make This Look Challenge, I wanted to use an MTL pattern that I already had, and fabric from my stash. I had the McCall’s 6503 pattern, and some dark blue cotton lawn in my stash. It’s not a solid, but close enough. This was an easy dress to put together. I love how the ruffle is simply cut from a circle and then just does it’s own thing when you pull it straight. The armholes are completed with bias tape, which is so fast and easy and look so much better than armhole facings.

 I lined the skirt to give it a little more body and opacity. The pattern doesn’t call for it, but I decided that I would add it. I serged the lining together with the skirt at the waist, and then I gathered it. That made it so neat, with no raw edges. I do most of my sewing these days with both machines. I use the serger any time I can get away with it.

 I’ve yet to get the sizing exactly right. I’m afraid I’ll make something too small, so I tend to cut generously. I’m going to get it exactly right one of these days. For the photo shoots, I sometimes use a clothespin in the back to pull in any looseness. When I make this look again, I’ll know to cut it a bit smaller.

I missed the sunny day opportunity for the outdoor shots, so I had to settle for some indoor shots. I can’t wait until the weather warms up.

MTL Without the Belt

This probably won’t be a “weekend dress in evening”, but a “wear to work as often as I can” dress!



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Fantastic! I love the fabric and it really suits you!

  2. Oh I love this!!! I wish it was hanging in my wardrobe. You’ve done a beautiful job.

  3. I always enjoy seeing what you make – The ruffles fall beautifully

  4. Beautiful dress! I was excited to see someone do this MTL as I had it on my wishlist.

  5. Gorgeous Barbara that colour and silhouette really suits you.

  6. Blue and red is a favorite colour combo of mine and it looks fantastic on you. The silhouette is super flattering.

  7. You look gorgeous in this blue feminine dress and I adore the details on the collar. What a great adaptation of MTL!

  8. You look great, the dress looks great, and fab styling! Hooray for stash busting!!! The circle ruffle is intriguing.

  9. Oooh, I was oogling this one before deciding on my jacket. I think I’ll have to go back to it now since yours looks so good! Yay for stash busting! :)

  10. This dress is so cute on you! Nice work.

  11. This dress is stunning and you look so amazing in it!

  12. Love the colour and how you paired it with red accessories. Great job!

  13. Great dress! I think I’ll have to add to my queue now too :-)

  14. I love this! I think the fabric works perfectly too, much nicer than a solid.

  15. Super cute! I just purchased this pattern and now am going to have to make it. I also love the fabric you used. The polka dots add that little something extra that makes it special.

  16. That is just adorable! I like your version better than the original.

  17. Blue looks lovely on you! I love the style of the dress – the ruffled front is delightful, and it looks fantastic paired with the red!