Hot! My “Honky Tonk Blues” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: 5 yards of blue outer fabric, 3 yrds of lining fabric
Pattern: McCalls 6279 second use
Year: Contemporary
Notions: 11 Buttons $12
Time to complete: 10 Hours
First Worn: February 3, 2012 for pictures
Wear Again: Yes definitely!
Total price: fabric $25, buttons $12, thread, interfacing $10 total: $47
I made the same pattern as my ‘button’s got a whole in it’ dress again. The first dress was actually my muslin. I’m really happy with the way this turned out and I’d like to show you my inspiration piece from Heather at Sewing on Pins. The biggest story with this piece is the crappy fabric. I purchased new fabric on sale from the only place that sells fabric in my part of town, Hobby Lobby. It will be the last time. I washed it, as I want my dress to be machine washable, and it practically disintegrated. So I had to develop a plan B. So I cut out all the pieces again from a piece of fabric I got when buying a ‘lot’ on ebay. Worked great. I love the weight and security the extra layer gives me and the color of the disintegrating fabric looks suede -y.
I did change a few things this time, other than completely lining it, I also changed the button placement to prevent unfortunate button placement, and I shortened the sleeves and made the sleeve cuffs 1/2 the width of the pattern.
 The other sleeves were a bit too puffy for me.
I’m slowly but surely getting projects done. I appreciate Heather allowing me to use her piece for my ‘Made this Look’.

Heather's Version, Sewing on Pins Blog used with permission.



Michelle Crocker is a sewing enthusiast from Nashville, TN. She's been sewing since she was 13, quilted items mostly. After spending several months frequenting sewing blogs around the net, she's decided to make her search of that illusive perfect fit!


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  1. Great seeing this in denim. Glad you got a chance to graduate it to office-ready fabric. Well done on the fit and sleeve changes.

  2. Thanks Najah! I’m still plugging along, I’m going to do all of these challenges, but it might take me until June of 2013~

  3. Very nice job! I’m quite honoured that my dress inspired you so. :) The final dress looks really lovely on you!

    I really like how your sleeves turned out. I feel that mine are way too long and cumbersome, although I will tell you that the poof in the sleeve caps did die down after a wash or two.