Friday, October 3, 2014

McCalls 6953: Chiffon dress


Ambers been wanting a chiffon high-low dress for awhile. I downloaded Lekala 4262 and made a muslin but she didn't like the hem line or the elastic waist. Luckily I had gotten this pattern with my haul from the last Spotlight $5 sale. It still has the high-low hem but has a nice fitted bodice.

Pattern details;
  • This is View C without the hem band (She's 5'4".
  • Sz 14 B-cup with the sides taken in by 1/4".
  • Petite bodice 2"
  • Swayback adjustment 1/2"
  • Changed pleated skirt to gathers
  • Took a wedge out at the top of centre back because the neckline was gaping.
  • Added a skirt lining.
Fabric is a poly chiffon from Spotlight. I underlined the bodice with cotton poplin and also lined the bodice in the cotton poplin. The skirt lining is a poly lining fabric from my stash.

I wanted a free hanging chiffon overlay which I spent ages thinking about. In the end it was pretty simple, it's pretty much the same as the Sewaholic Saltspring dress but opposite sides up. Amber wants another dress similar to this so I'll take some pics and make a tutorial (mostly so I can refer back to it!)

Chiffon overlay hangs free with the top edges of the hem finished

You can access the zipper through the slit

When the dress is zipped up you cant see the slit or zipper in the skirt
I did a rolled hem on the overlocker to the skirt and lining, French seamed the chiffon skirt and used a normal zipper instead of an invisible one, the dress has a bit of bulk at the back and I never really trust an invisible one when the seams a bit bulky plus I'm trying to use my stash and its what I had!

I haven't really sewn with chiffon before but with the underlined bodice the dress has a nice bit of weight to it, the skirts a little bit short, I think having the long hem at the back seems to exaggerate how short the front it so I've added another couple of inches to the length at the front for next time.

In summary, I'm really happy with this pattern, we have another dress planned for Amber and I'd like a maxi rayon version for me!


  1. Amber looks totally stoked with this! I love the hidden zip under the chiffon- all kinds of rad!

  2. IMO you are a saint to work with poly chiffon. That tricky fabric would drive a lesser woman mad (um, that would be me ). Your daughter looks so happy with her dress, and the bodice fits so nicely. I hope she is shining your halo for you ;).
    I like your zipper application particularly in the skirt, perfect for a gathered sheer overlayer.

  3. That looks really cute! You achieved an amazing fit with this. Your daughter rightfully looks so happy with it!

  4. Ooo, very pretty! I love the simplicity of the bodice, and the fun-ness of the skirt. She rocks that dress too. Nice job!

  5. I'm with Amanda - her face says it all! Sewing win!