Sunday, July 29, 2018

McCall 5384: 'The Summer Goodness' Dress

Bubble, bubbles and happy, pretty new dresses!  I love summer in the city--especially Edinburgh getting ready for festival season!!  There is a bubble man in the city centre and he makes me very happy! :)

I've used this pattern –– McCall 5384 from 1943 before:

I just adore the very fitted bodice on this pattern leading into a straight skirt. The high neckline is eased by the overlapping shoulder details--which gives a nice gathered effect to the bodice.  I also really, really adore the pockets!

Here's the version I made before in a faux linen raspberry coloured fabric (check out the blog post here):

I made this version in a similar linen-look teal fabric (it's synthetic --so no wrinkling!!):

Overall, really happy with the fit except look at the pictures now, I think I am going to have to finally tackle the full bust adjustment (basically I've been too lazy--as it doesn't bother me that much but I see that I could probably eliminate the wrinkles on the bodice sides if I did that!)

Teal has to be one of my favourite colours (after bright pink!) and I've got several outfits in the works that all feature teal (as I have lots of teal fabric in my stash! hahaha--YAY!)

Ok...more bubbles overload.... I just love these photos!!!

Bubbles aren't the only thing I love about pre-fringe festival Edinburgh--I also love the vintage ice cream trucks.  We've been having an unusually phenomenal summer here--and everyone has been out and about.  It's really nice as usually Edinburgh is fairly rainy during the summer.  So I've definitely been taking advantage of the heat and sunshine to indulge in some summer fun (ice cream, bubbles and just being outdoors in general!)

hahaha. I love this picture...people are always impressed that I can independently raise one eyebrow...makes me look a bit cheeky! lol.

Another funny photo....

How cool that these stairs (just outside the national gallery) perfectly match my dress (and good place to make sure I don't spill my ice cream everywhere while avoiding the crowds!! :)

You all know how much I love being matchy-matchy. I've had these shoes for some time and just adore making dresses to match them. They are a great teal tartan from Ness Clothing (local store) and I am super excited that What Katie Did just released some teal seamed stockings (my dream!!)

ah, Edinburgh...I adore you!  Look at our new ferris wheel (comes out for the fringe in August and in December for the Christmas Market...brrrr...)

Yippeeee....I think I could make this dress in all the bright colours--maybe one for each season (I've got raspberry for spring, teal for summer...maybe pumpkin for autumn and wine for winter?? hmmm...)  What do you think?

Photos: Darja Bilyk
Location: Prince's Street Gardens and the Mound, Edinburgh


  1. Love the small details of the stocking seams matching the teal dress. You are so talented and inspiring 💕

  2. Do, certainly, use that pattern to make dresses for Autumn and Winter in the appropriate colors. The 3/4 length sleeves this time. You probably already have matching shoes? ;)


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