Ginger Made: M6553

Oh, hey! I didn’t see you there… I was too busy strutting around in my NEW DRESS!

Blue Linen Dress

I’m kind of in love with this dress, but I’m not really sure why. It departs from my usual style quite a bit– I never wear anything this loose since I’m pretty rectangular, but while it may not be flattering, exactly, I love the comfort and the unusual silhouette. It feels so trendy and fun! And while shaped hemlines will probably be out of style next season, I can just trim it even and hopefully get some more wear out of it.

It’s McCall’s M6553, made in a size 6. There is TONS of ease included in the pattern, so I didn’t bother making my standard size (the smallest has a 43″ bust!). I’m happy with the fit, and I made no adjustments to the pattern. The pattern was super easy and came together quickly, so that was pleasant. I really felt like I was taking a risk with this one– I felt like there was a 50/50 chance of this being an epic fail. Oh, and I didn’t make a muslin. GO AHEAD AND SUE ME. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel!

Blue Linen Dress

I used a lovely linen from Mood. I know it’s a bit late in the season to make a linen dress, but I couldn’t resist making one last summery dress before fall sets in. The color is so perfect, though… how could I say no?! I’ve never worked with linen before, so I was excited to try it out, and it’s really great! I was worried about it fraying or wrinkling like crazy, but it was honestly a dream to work with! I really recommend linen for this pattern– it’s drapey, breezy, and lightweight, but not slippery or transparent.

Blue Linen Dress

The belt is designed to loop the front of the dress only, leaving the back loose. However, I don’t really like to wear it like this as the weight of the belt tugs at the belt holes in the side of the dress, so you can see bare skin! Eww! I kind of prefer it unbelted– it feels free ‘n’ easy, and it’s super no-fuss. But Man Friend thinks that it looks like a muumuu, and he really likes it belted. Of course, like the Contrary Mary I am, I’m not crazy about wearing it belted– it feels like there’s too much bulk strapped around my waist, sort of like fabric saddlebags! What do you guys think? Would you belt it or not?

I really like this pattern, and I’m thinking about making it again (even though it’s sort of a distinct style and not one I really need multiples of). But if I made it again, I would probably shorten the belt a little and attach it at the side seams, so I can tie it at the front or the back and not have to worry about exposing too much skin where the belt feeds through the dress.

Blue Linen Dress

What do you think of this style? Would you wear a dress like this? Have you made anything lately that’s a departure from your usual style? Are you contemplating any fashion risks? I wanna hear from you guys!

Blue Linen Dress

Mr. Photographer, stop making me laugh!



  • eric
    September 5, 2012

    love the color!

  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 17, 2012

    Sonja, this is such a fun summer dress. Makes me wish summer wasn’t ending soon!

    • Ginger
      September 17, 2012

      I’m right there with you! I’m still a California girl at heart. 🙂

  • Nikki H.
    September 20, 2012

    I like it belted, definitely. But that is more my style. Maybe I do need to start straying away from my normal aesthetic and be more adventurous. But I don’t really know what my aesthetic is to begin with 🙂

  • Betsy
    September 30, 2012

    It looks great, I may have to look that one up since I dress very casual on the weekends

  • angela
    September 30, 2012

    I love it! It is really nice belted and really nice without the belt. I usually wear my dresses either way depending on my mood that day, but I definitely think you should wear it belted once in a while too. It looks fabulous on you!

  • RobinDenning
    October 2, 2012

    I that on you! All that volume is so interesting and you wear it so well. Beautifully constructed and fitted, too.
    well done!

  • Lauren Burton
    October 2, 2012

    I love the idea of belting the dress only at the front…maybe you could add “modesty” panels that would prevent showing skin through the side holes. It seems like the belting in the front and the “flow” in the back would be so flattering! This is a lovely dress, I would be in love with it too. It looks beautiful on you.

  • WowCarol
    October 2, 2012

    Regarding Man Friend and this dress: I have noticed that men understand pretty much any style or fashion that has a waist. They like that. Anything that we choose without a waist, be it for reasons of comfort or chic-ness, they might tolerate just to make us happy.

  • Martha Anderson
    October 3, 2012

    Loose, it’s cute, but belted it’s spectacular and looks especially good on you! Congratulations on a great pairing of fabric and style!

  • Candice R
    October 4, 2012

    What a wonderful color! I love to sew with linen, its “sew” easy!