Hot! The Long White Lace Dress

Fabric: Embroidered cotton voile, white cotton batiste
Pattern: McCalls 6552
Year: 2012
Notions: Pink and white floral lace trim
Time to complete: 2 days
First worn: Never worn
Wear again? Maybe

Total price: $5/yd, 3 yards cotton: $15 and $5/yd, 3 yards cotton lining: $15. Trim: $5. Total: $35.

I don’t usually sew white dresses but with temperatures reaching 98 degrees this week I figured this would be comfortable and practical. It’s definitely comfortable, but I don’t know how flattering it is. It looks kind of odd and reminds me of a nightgown. I don’t normally wear empire dresses either, so it’s something to get used to.

I trimmed the v-neck collar with white and pink lace. White is another hard color to photograph, so here is a closeup of it on my dressform. I don’t usually use trims, but I really like it on the neckline.



Janice has been sewing her own clothes for the past few years and enjoys sewing from vintage patterns, especially the 40s, 50s and 60s.


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  1. Hi Janice, I made this same dress for the trend challenge (only that it’s been pending forever and hasn’t been published yet). I changed the neckline to boatneck but otherwise I used this pattern. I also thought the silhouette isn’t that flattering – I looked kinda pregnant in it – so I added a very wide sash that can be tied in the back. It looks a lot better this way – maybe that would be an option for you? I like the fabric a lot and the embellishment is very pretty.

  2. I really like the concept, but I’m wondering if shortening the sleeves might help. I have an empire waist maxi with much shorter sleeves that I love.

  3. Hi Janice, niceto see yourpoosting again. This outfit is perfect for the hot weather we are having in NYC maybe a front slit or sides list would make it fit more like a dress vs a night gown. The lace is beautiful around the neckline and the white on white embroidery a lovely touch. Happy sewing.

  4. Yes, nice to see you back again- I always like to see what you make!