Welcome to my first 'behind-the-design' blog post! This dress is currently available as a made-to-order item here in my shop but I wanted to break down my modifications and changes I made to this pattern (McCalls 7563) in case you were feelin' like trying it out yourself!
I've made a couple versions of this dress now and can say with confidence that it's a keeper. I love the ruffled detail at the top and how breezy the tiered ruffles look. It's great for twirling and the roomy nature of this design is also ideal for the Florida heat (I call that a win!)
MCCALLS 7563 PATTERN INFORMATION AND SEWING MODIFICATIONS
PATTERN: McCalls 7563, View C (with modifications - see below!) – you can buy it here.
FABRIC: 100% Cotton
MODIFICATIONS: I shortened the hemline a few inches by adding a wide hem - it's just something I like the look of for this dress :) I also omitted the straps. For the sleeves, I used the pattern from View A. Instead of adding elastic, I just hemmed the usual 5/8" to keep the wider shape. At the time of writing this blog, I've already made another version of this dress (oops!) and hemmed about 1.5" instead, which I think I prefer.
DRESS: Made By Me! But you can also by one here if you don't want to make your own ;)
SANDALS: Madewell (old)