Ginger Made: M6553, V. 2!

M6553- Ginger Makes

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! I often plan to make multiple versions of patterns that I like, but I rarely get around to it- too many shiny new patterns to distract me from my plans! But I so love my first version of M6553 that as soon as a glimpse of spring appeared here in New York, I got to work on a second version!

M6553 | Ginger Makes

I used a Marc Jacobs silk/cotton twill for this dress- fancy, huh? Meredith spotted it on sale at Fashion Fabrics Club for $4/yd, labeled as rayon challis, but her eagle eyes recognized the fabric and knew she’d seen it used for Marc Jacobs pieces!  I’d planned to make this pattern in this fabric last summer, but realized that the back skirt piece, cut on the fold, wouldn’t fit on the 42″ selvedge. I wadded the fabric up and shoved it back in my drawer in a fit of rage, where it sat and sat and sat. I just couldn’t envision it as anything other than this dress! I pulled it out again last week and decided to just cut it out on the cross-grain. Victimless crime, right?  Cutting it on the cross-grain used up three yards, so this dress only cost me $12! Score!

M6553 | Ginger Makes

I cut a size 6 again, which fits just fine since there’s so much ease.  This time around I omitted both the self-belt and the pockets, so I was able to French seam it. It’s so nice and clean on the inside! The only problem is that, being a silk twill, it frays like the dickens, so even though I trimmed the seams right before sewing them the second time, I still have little bits of fraying edges poking out from the French seams. So annoying! I suppose I could re-sew the seams at a slightly larger seam allowance, but I just can’t be bothered at the moment.  The back yoke closes with a button and thread loop, which isn’t my favorite, but I covered a button, so at least it looks nice. I made no attempt at all to try to match up the print- just didn’t feel like it.

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I know this dress isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I really like it.  The print is very ’90’s and evokes weird, fuzzy memories of my childhood (maybe because it looks like it belongs on a Trapper-Keeper?).  Man Friend, of course, hates it (“Can I get one of those boxes you use to look at eclipses before you put this on?”).  But it’s just so happy and bright, especially paired with this swingy silhouette. Now I just need the weather to warm up enough that I can run around town in this dress!

M6553 | Ginger Makes

Have you been up to any happy sewing lately? What’s on your sewing table right now?

Can you tell I live in a Greek & Cypriot neighborhood? Anybody hungry for some halloumi?

161 responses

  1. Omg I love that dress. It looks like it will be sooo comfortable this summer. I’m glad you left off the belt; I really like it all nice and loose!

    Man Friend’s comments never cease to make me laugh. WHY isn’t he a judge for the fat quarter challenge?! I can just imagine the hilarity that would ensue.

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    • He’s out of control! He had a whole routine he was doing while he was taking photos- his impression of why girls like this kind of dress (“I’m a girl! I’m soooooooo comfy! I’m soooooooooo fun!”). Such a brat!

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  2. I think this dress is just perfect. Having been lucky enough to meet you when you were wearing version 1 I can see it is so perfectly you. I just love it! The print is amazing, just awesome 🙂

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  3. Aaah a trapper keeper!! Yes I believe I had one similar to this print and it also had butterflies on it. As a matter of fact I still have it! hoarder much?! I really loved your first version of the dress and I like this one even more. That style is so you!

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  4. It looks awesome, not not at all 90s and weird. I love when you can feel really pulled together but be super comfy at the same time.

    I started a Darling Ranges dress (a Megan Nielsen pattern) yesterday afternoon. I made 3 muslins for the bodice before I started so I hope it turns out!

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  5. I love this. It’s really, really cool. Plus. I think you should set up a separate twitter feed for Man Friend’s excellent commentary on your sewing. It would be a sleeper hit like Shit My Dad Says!

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    • OMG, I’m so in! You should’ve seen his running commentary on this dress- he had a whole dance he was doing (“I’m a girl! I’m soooooooo comfy! I’m sooooooooooo fun!”). Brat!

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  6. ok, im really going to make this pattern this year. its so awesome and modern while still easy to wear. i just need the time! yours looks beautiful.

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  7. I FREQUENTLY find designer fabrics on FFC website. I’m sure they’re defect bolts or something, but I don’t care. I have a cut of Marc Jacobs eyelet I’ve been hoarding. And, very recently, I found a raincoat fabric that is selling on the Brittex website for $40 a yard for something silly like $5 a yard. I think you look gorgeous in this dress. I picture it with some funky sunglasses! Hopefully, it warms soon so you can take it out for a spin.

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    • I’m thinking about making a cropped version that’s waist-length in the front, curving down to hip-length in the back. Wouldn’t that be cute with tights?! I could totally see you rocking this dress, btw!

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  8. I love this so much, the colours, the shape, the swing of the dress and the idea of Haloumi by the gallon is pretty much swoon worthy.

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  9. Yum yum! I LOVE halloumi! I also really love your dress! It is so happy and that fabric is beautiful! It looks just the ticket to wear in super warm weather so I’m sure you’ll get lots of wear out of it very soon (I am trying to psychically send you some of our humid tropical sun right now!)

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  10. Silk cotton is the BOMB!! Well done on scoring it for so cheap! I had to laugh because I never would have thought of the print as being ’90’s until you said it belonged on a trapper keeper and then the lightbulb clicked and that’s all I can see now – HAHA! 🙂 I think it’s hilarious that Man Friend doesn’t like it – how can he not? It’s so fun! Absolutely ADORE that last picture!!

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  11. I love this dress on you! It’s such a great pattern and your fabric choice is spot on – I hadn’t thought about using silk for this but it works really well. Might have to give it a go myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. mmm halloumi!
    That silk is gorgeous!! You look happy as a kitten in these pics. I hadn’t heard of this pattern, but I don’t stalk the mccalls new releases as often as I should do.

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