Ginger Made: McCall’s 6552, or, the Psychedelic Caftan

Guys, Clio made me do it. I’ve had caftans on the brain ever since she posted the beautiful caftan she made for her mom. And of course, if we’re going to go caftan, we may as well go completely over the top and make a psychedelic caftan!

M6552 | Ginger Makes

I decided to make this for August’s Mood Sewing Network project and was immediately drawn to this printed cotton at Mood Fabrics NYC. I tried to convince Man Friend that he needed a matching shirt, but he wasn’t on board. Just think how cool we would look together, like a two-person luau! MISSED OPPORTUNITY, DUDE.

M6552 | Ginger Makes

The fabric is probably a bit on the stiff side for a caftan, but I don’t mind at all. I like how breezy cotton feels on a hot day! Sometimes drapier fabrics can feel a little too warm when they cling to your skin. But I imagine this style would look really lovely in something like rayon challis.

M6552 | Ginger Makes

The pattern is McCall’s 6552, a Fashion Star pattern. It’s really, really simple to put together, since the bodice is made from one single pattern piece. Crazy, right? The center back is cut on the fold, and the front is folded over the back and stitched from waist to the sleeve hem, forming giant kimono sleeves. The bodice is sewn to the skirt with a 7/8″ seam allowance, which is then folded under and stitched down to form a casing for the drawstring. Clever! The waistband is gently curved in the front, which I really like. It’s much more flattering than a straight-up empire waist.

M6552 | Ginger Makes

Holy cow, what’s happening with my face here?! I’m posting this despite the uggitude of this pic so you can see the gigantic batwing-ness of the sleeves!

One thing to know about this pattern is that it’s really low cut, which is not good for me. I took a note fromΒ Coco and extended the center front at the waist level by about 3/4″ to form an overlap. I wish I could have overlapped it a bit more, but in my size, that was the most I could do before I ran off the fold of the fabric. Speaking of size, after looking at the finished dimensions, I decided to cut a size smaller than my measurements indicated.

M6552 | Ginger Makes

Overall, this was a really fun project- the fabric and pattern were so easy to work with, but the final garment makes a big impact. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to get away with wearing this dress multiple times in a week… somehow I think people will notice! πŸ™‚

OK, before we go… I need to announce the winner of the Casual Sweet Clothes giveaway! Not counting duplicate comments and folks who didn’t want to enter, we had 71 entries. The winner is…

…#56, Katy!

Congrats, Katy! I’ll be in touch with you. πŸ™‚ Alright, guys, what’s on your sewing table??

115 responses

  1. Fun print, and it looks really comfortable for a day like this! The large-scale print works great with the length, too.

    All I’ve got on my sewing table right now is a half-finished Sorbetto. All it needs is bindings and a hem, but I just ran out of sewing time on Saturday and haven’t had any since!

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  2. My almost-but-not-quite finished Alder shirt dress is on my seeing table. I only have he buttons and button holes left to do but not having done them before I need to get my head around the process and practice first! Weekday evenings my head is fried from work lately and lacking in concentration levels so I will probably only complete it this weekend! Can’t eat to finish and wear it, and I’m dying to move I to something easier and before I tackle anything complicated again (for me, beginner, using an intermediate pattern has been a bit taxing!)

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    • There are quite a lot of steps to the Alder dress, aren’t there? Definitely practice your buttonholes, but don’t get too stressed out by them- they’re hidden by the buttons and they’re really not too bad! πŸ™‚ It will be so nice to finish up and get to move onto something new!

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  3. I love this so much! That fabric is great!!! For some reason I see this dress and imagine you should be lounging poolside with a fruity drink while man friend fans you with palm leaves.

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  4. I love this so much! That fabric is great!!! For some reason I seen this dress and instantly imagine you lounging poolside with a fruity drink while man friend fans you with palm leaves. It’s just that kind of awesome.

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  5. That looks so cool! Shame it’s apparently now autumn here, no excuse to make something so summery 😦
    My sewing table (or rather the spare bit of space on the work top) has a make up brush roll for a friend on it and a rather fab (and intimidating) full skirted 50 style prom dress!

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  6. I really like the curved waistband too! It’s super flattering. Maybe if you make the dress reversible you could get away with wearing it twice a week. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Fun! I have a “jiffy” version of this same pattern from the 70’s that I was going to make a housecoat out of so my neighbors don’t see me nekkid as I walk from the bathroom upstairs to the bedroom downstairs…ah the joys of a split-level house! πŸ˜›

    Hmmm…right now my sewing table has random bits of stuff that hasn’t found a home yet, does that count? πŸ˜‰

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  8. This is so fantastic. I love you. And Man Friend doesn’t need a matching shirt, he needs a matching CAFTAN! Those things are unisex!! That way you can be the perfect hosts for your swingers party after you deck out your pad in shag carpeting!!

    Seriously though, I love this. Such a fun fabric, and it looks like a really gratifying, quick sew.

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  9. It’s posts like this and the sheer awesomeness of seeing a maxi-dress with shape but still loose that get me craving maxi dresses. I’m ALMOST convinced, still not on that band-wagon yet… I have like three Plantains I’m currently working on, each one a little different. Hoping to get them done soon-ish, but who knows! πŸ˜€

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  10. Those sleeves! I’m tempted to make a version of my own, maybe knee-length… I like excuses to show off cute tights, what can I say. My next make is a thank-you-for-letting-me-live-with-you-for-a-month-while-I-apartment-hunt-in-NYC gift, a throw blanket with an embroidered border in the colors of my relatives’ den. (Embroidery is technically a sewing table thing, right?)

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    • You should try it! Personally I hate wearing tights, but this could totally be cute with them! Good luck with the apartment search- looking for apartments in NYC is about as fun as going to the dentist. 😦

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  11. Wowzy! It’s terrific! I love it on you! You are wrong not to give it a shot by wearing multiple times during the week. Ok, I understand that maybe not to work but I’d put it on at home or for going out! Since your Man Friend refused a matching shirt, make him cook and clean until the end of 2014 while you’d be laying on a couch, drinking wine and being all glamourous.

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  12. Um, AWESOME! The print is so perky, I’m happier just looking at it! The neckline and waist placement are suuuper flattering on you, I have a feeling this would also be great as a top- maybe with rayon challis and the sleeves shortened a bit?

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  13. This is so YOU! And it photographs really well on you…must be your pro modeling skills. πŸ™‚ I remember thinking when I saw it in person how flattering that slight curve on the waist was. I wonder if this would look cute made in a shorter version (but still a dress)…maybe knee length, with a bit of a high-low hem, to wear over tights/boots in cooler weather. I feel like the drapiness of those awesome sleeves is screaming for some awesome layering on the bottom half.

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  14. Very cute! I made this a few years ago as a beach coverup. Wish I had seen that front extension tip earlier, it’s all sternum when I wear mine!

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  15. So freaking cute! I love that print, I wonder if they have any more, it would be perfect for my 60s shift I want to make. Also, too bad man friend said no to a matching shirt. You two would look like a fantastic couple in Hawaii Five-o (the 1960s version of course!)

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  16. Okay, this is possibly my fav make of yours EVERRRR! Those colors / those batwings & the whole look is so playful! Oh and had to have a laugh at your what’s up with my face comment, I feel like I’m always looking at my pics, the ones that don’t make it to the blog and going ‘great pic, shame about the face, what the f$%k is going on there?!’

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  17. I predict you will wear and love this for years to come. I have several caftans that I wear in all seasons. There is nothing better for a lazy day! Your match of pattern and fabric and what looks good on you is perfect! Love, love it. Great make!

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  18. Amazing! I’ve just made myself a sort of kaftan-esque beach cover up from some African wax fabric, with similar sleeves to these, and I cannot wait to go on holiday to show that crisp-fabricked bad boy off! Crazy summer dresses are the best!

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  19. ahhh i love this! the crazy print is just about perfect. i love large scale prints, and how better to use one. hope you have a beachy vacay planned… then you can wear it everyday and you’ll fit right in πŸ˜‰

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  20. Sweet child of mine, I love this dress! That fabric is amazing, and I love the maxi floatiness of it all. Totally agree that Man Friend missed an opportunity in saying no to the shirt!

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  21. GEEZ!!!! I was looking on the Mood Fabric website so I could figure out how to get to LA tomorrow… And here I see you in all your gloriousness in a rad caftan!!! Now I really can’t sleep and I think I’m gonna need more $$$$ and time just to bask in the store…. Make the shirt for your man friend, you can wear it in Waikiki till you’re old. Nicely done on the matching shoes. πŸ™‚

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  22. Holy monkey hats this is rad! I had no idea caftans were a thing. I am totes pattern stalking you with this one for my upcoming Malaysia beach trip. AWESOME!

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