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The Dog Days of Summer Dress - McCalls 6553

Added Jul 14, 2012

by laglov

Williamstown, Ma...






I made a version of this dress – McCalls 6553 and when my daughter, Abiah88, saw it, she wanted one for herself. When the thermometer didn’t budge from the 90’s for 2 straight weeks in Brooklyn, I decided it was time for her to have her own graded down version of this airy dress. I started out with super light (and wrinkly) rayon challis, folded and clamped it, and then dyed it in two concentrations of a kind of mushroom pink dye bath. I just used Rit dye, mixing together petal pink, tan, brown and black until I got the right color. Of course, one panel of the dress got left behind on the cutting table, and I had to try to re-create the entire dying process…@#$$*, but I think it worked out. The only change I made to the pattern is the I gathered the back rather than pleating it as the pattern calls for.

Material Notes

3 yard of white rayon challis, dyed



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    Jul 21, 2012, 11.30 PMby Ashley Schnackenberg McClung

    Cant wait to make this dress!

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    Jul 17, 2012, 05.25 PMby Claire Brosman

    Completely amazing. I love everything about this! Well done.

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      Jul 17, 2012, 09.10 PMby laglov

      Thanks, Claire!

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    Jul 16, 2012, 07.51 AMby aeira

    absolutely beautiful !

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      Jul 16, 2012, 01.54 PMby laglov

      Thanks so much.

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    Jul 15, 2012, 01.58 PMby pamchar

    I guess it is the most comfy dress in hot weather. The fabric is so cool! I have to buy this pattern on the next McCall’s sale.

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      Jul 16, 2012, 01.54 PMby laglov

      Yes, it’s a great dress for the current heat wave we are having…you just have to be careful about walking over air vents if you use a lightweight fabric.

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      Jul 16, 2012, 02.14 PMby pamchar

      This is the first thing I thought when I saw the dress, I will surely make an underdress because it is very windy where I live.

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    Jul 15, 2012, 01.13 PMby RuellaDesigns

    very nice!

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    Jul 15, 2012, 01.14 AMby margiwarg

    Love the fabric and the dress. I purchased this pattern when it first came out but it’s just been sitting in my pattern box since then. Your version inspires me to actually make it up!

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      Jul 15, 2012, 02.09 AMby laglov

      Thanks! I look forward to seeing yours…hope you post it.

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    Jul 15, 2012, 12.52 AMby wildcatspow

    Love this! It’s absolutely gorgeous! This pattern is next on my list!

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      Jul 15, 2012, 02.08 AMby laglov

      Thanks so much. I’ve made two versions out of very different fabrics, and I like them both. It’s a great pattern…love to see your version when it’s done.

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    Jul 14, 2012, 05.15 PMby jenny walker

    wow! really beautiful fabric treatment. very beautiful!

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      Jul 14, 2012, 06.24 PMby laglov

      Thanks!! I’m going to try it again, and experiment with folding the fabric differently.

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