McCall's 6330 - Mikaela's Homecoming Dress!

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Project Details:

Pattern:  McCall's 6330 - Phoebe Couture

Pattern Sizing:  4-18.  I cut the size 6.

Description:  One-shoulder, two-toned dress with empire waist, invisible side zipper and diagonal ruching.

This is Mikaela's first homecoming as a high school freshman!  Can you believe how fast she's growing up?  I can't and I see her everyday!  This is the pattern she selected and I think she made a great choice.  This pattern is by Phoebe Couture.  This is the fun, youthful line by Kay Unger.  I liked the original dress so much, that I decided to copy the colors:

I used a turquoise and cobalt blue crepe back satin.  And I used just regular lining fabric from Hancock.  Colorblocking is such a trendy look right now and seemed to be well represented when we dropped Mikaela off at the school dance.  

This pattern was pretty easy to sew.  It just has quite a few tedious details that were time consuming.  Making the pleats/ruching was one.  And another was sewing in the boning.  


And the topstitching on the strap.
 I really loved the shoulder detail of the original designer garment.  I wish the pattern had the exact design.



I sewed this practically straight out of the envelope.  I only had to slightly take in the bodice.  I also pulled the strap tighter than the model on the envelope in order to raise the bodice, so that it would be "bra-friendly".  

I love the bow detail in the back.  I think the dress is just as striking both coming and going!

And best of all, Mikaela loved everything about her look.  I'm always just as excited as my girls when I get to doll them up.  It's like every year, we get that red carpet moment!

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49 comments

  1. You have the luckiest daughter in America...I am certain... if not, there are very few others with a mother as devoted and talented like !! Great dress for such a good looking daughter.

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  2. Erica: I am so happy you get to enjoy these moments with your daughter. She is beautiful!

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  3. Your daughter is looking so grown up!!! Such a pretty girl and you made a gorgeous gown for her. It's great to contribute in such a special way to her fancy occasions. Nothing like a custom made dress. I know what you mean, my lil' girl is only 4 and I too look forward to dolling her up:)

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  4. What a perfect outfit for a homecoming dance! She looks beautiful in it and you did a wonderful job on it!

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  5. Gorgeous! And so beautifully made too.

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  6. What a beautiful dress, for such a beautiful young lady!

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  7. As always, you did a fabulous job with your daughter's formal dress!

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  8. What a great dress for your daughter - so appropriate for her age, while still being fun and very current. Love the colour blocking!

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  9. Gorgeous dress and gorgeous daughter!

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  10. Just beautiful! Love the color blocking and how sharply made it is. Your daughter looks gorgeous and happy!

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  11. She looks great! It's a beautiful dress. I love the colour combo too.

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  12. Just beautiful!!! Your daughter looks very 'grown-up' in this designer outfit. Well done on all your work with this one...

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  13. This is what attracted me to your blog in the first place! I love the way you take a RTW or designer dress and reproduce it! Your daughter (who IS really growing up) looks fantastic.

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  14. Your daughter looks so beautiful in her dress.

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  15. I always love seeing what a professional looking job you do. It inspires me to take more time and stop rushing through projects just to be done. Your daughter looks beautiful and the dress suits her perfectly.

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  16. Oh my goodness your daughter has grown!! She looks so cute and I really like your version more than Nieman's!! Great job and she's truly going to be the "belle of the ball"!!

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  17. What a beautiful young woman she is growing into. This dress is just perfect. I love how stylish it is without being "hoochie." She looks like a debutante!

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  18. Wow, the dress looks amazing!

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  19. Dress is beautiful and so is daughter. You workmanship is awesome.

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  20. this is fantastic,the dress is incredible and she love beautiful

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  21. Beautiful dress, beautiful workmanship (beautiful girl. Does she know how lucky she is to have you for a mom? )

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  22. FABULOUS dress! It is tasteful and flirty but age appropriate all at the same time. LOVE the blue colorblocking too.

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  23. I guess that Mikaela knows how lucky has she with the mother that God put in her way! The dress is amazingly beautiful and the girl's face is a beautiful poem of happiness.

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  24. I have been following your blog for a good while. I am STUNNED that your youngest in already in high school. When I saw the title I couldn't believe it. Lovely dress and she looks great.

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  25. Wow! That is so cute. It gives me hope that I can sew a homecoming/prom dress for my daughter.

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  26. WOW, how time flies...Lovely dress!

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  27. She looks amazing. Beautiful dress on a beautiful girl. Some of my favorite sewing projects where my daughters formal dresses.

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  28. Wow your daughter looks amazing and so happy, you can tell she loves the wonderful dress you made her! x

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  29. This photo just makes me smile! I wish my mom could have made dresses for me when I had formals growing up. She looks darling and the colors are gorgeous..

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  30. I new this was going to be a beautiful dress as usual. Once again your "baby" looks stunning. I need to have have a daughter or "adopt" kid during these times of years to sew pretty dresses for :D

    Thanks for the 6 min repreave at work while I sip my coffee

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  31. Very Pretty, your daughter looks great.

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  32. i think your version is even more successful and attractive than the photo you included from neiman marcus! those pleats and that bow detail are to die for, and your daughter looks gorgeous.

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  33. Beautiful dress for a beautiful young lady!

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  34. She just looks so adorable and age-appropriate. I think my daughter has sorority formals coming up but I may just tell her to use Rent the Runway (too hard to sew for her when she's away at college).

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  35. What a beautiful dress! And your daughter looks so happy. How nice that the two of you can share this.

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  36. I have been following your blog for a while I can not believe that is the little girl in school a she looks nice. Father time waits for now one The dress is beautiful and the construction as always is outstanding!! How long did it take to finish the dress from start to finish? Great job mom with the dress and the daughter It is so refreshing to see a young lady in a nice fitting dress

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  37. Hi Barb,

    It took me from Wednesday to Saturday, sewing off and on. If I'd had more time to sew consecutively, I could have finished in about 2 days. That is after everything was cut. There were A MILLION pieces!

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  38. Fabulous! She is so pretty and the dress is just the icing on the cake.

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  39. Great Dress. Age appropriate and fashionable. She is glowing!

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  40. I was flipping through the Vogue magazine and I saw your article. Great for you!

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  41. Love that diagonal strap and the bow in back. Your daughter looks adorable.

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  42. Wonderful! You are right, I can't believe how fast she's growing either!!

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  43. She looks gorgeous (love those glasses)! The dress is beautiful, and I love the glimpse at the inside. Beautiful inside and out, just like your daughter I'm sure! :)

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  44. I love your blog! I really like that you are creating designer looks of your own. The sewing looks flawless. My mother used to make dresses for me...great blog

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  45. Gorgeous. Your daughter looks amazing in this dress. I do love the pleating and the color combination! Great work!

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  46. What a beautiful pattern. I love the fabric. Wow. You do a nice job sewing. Very impressive.

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  47. This is an absolutely stunning dress! It is a great example of everything gone right: color choice, length, details, and a beautiful young lady! Enjoy every moment!

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