Feathers N Dots Dress | McCalls 6529

Feathers N Dots Dress | McCalls 6529

McCalls 6529 | SewsNBows

I’m happy to welcome Zoey back to the blog! Today, Zoey is modeling the Feathers N Dots Dress. Zoey previously modeled our John Deere Tractor Dress.

I made this dress using McCalls 6529.

It looks like a simple summer dress, but the back has some really cute details. The shirring is nice for easy on & off-which I love!

McCalls 6529, girls ruffled shirred back dress

The selling point for me though, was the contrast back panel. What a perfect excuse for way too much embellishment.

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I made a tube ruffle from the main fabric, then added a layer of ruffled seam binding, some ric rac trim, yellow bows, & rosettes. You know me, everything in excess.

I don’t know if using seam binding as an embellishment is a real thing- I think I just made that up. It’s cut on bias so it doesn’t fray….I think it turned out cute.

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The pattern calls for a button on each strap, but I wanted one easy piece. I think kids should be able to dress themselves easily.

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I hadn’t sewn the straps to the bodice front yet when these photos were taken- I had about 2 seconds to hand tack them. I made adjustments for a better fit before I machine stitched the straps.

Did anybody notice the yellow polka dot buttons?

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Zoey has a birthday this month, & she told me she loves zebra print. I feel like I’ve done zebra to death- but little girls love it! See you guys on Workroom Wednesday!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Lynaea

    I love that back detail…the contrast, the ruffles, the ric rac. Such a cute little dress (oh and buttons too). Thanks for sharing the darling pictures and your review! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

  2. Christine

    Oh wow Amy!! The dress is fabulous!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing your next creation tomorrow evening!

  3. Dawn

    Simply adorable!! I love the pretty panel in the back, makes for a sweet surprise when the dress is in full little girl spin mode! :) Thanks for linking up to Showy Sunday over at http://www.leroylime.blogspot.com

  4. Mary Catherine

    I adore the fabric you used here, as well as the embellishments. I don’t have a little girl to make this for, but I’m going to pin it for future reference . . . might be a great gift! Thanks so much for sharing it at Stress-Free Sunday.

  5. Petro Neagu

    Cute, comfy, easy to put on (very useful for when you’ve got a restless toddler like mine, hehe). It makes it the perfect summer dress, for my taste :) Love the green/yellow combination!

  6. Rosey

    It is just as cute as it can be, and I shared it on G+, FB, and Twitter, lol. Now I’m going to go see the John Deere dress. ;)

  7. Kathy Moody

    So adorable!! You did a fantastic job. I love the color. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. :)

  8. Megan

    I LOVE this dress!! SO ADORABLE!! The fabric is gorgeous and I LOVE the colors!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Natasha in Oz

    This is just too cute and your model is a little sweetie too!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Say G’day Saturday Linky party. I am featuring your post on my Friday Features post and I have also pinned this to the Say G’day Saturday board.

    Hope to see you again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  10. Linda@With A Blast

    What a lovely and adorable dress for a little girl! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

  11. Miranda @ Someday Crafts

    This is such a sweet, fun dress. Perfect for Spring. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. We’ll be highlighting your dress tomorrow, so if you have a minute come check it out.

  12. Annie

    This is lovely, perfect for summer! I love the ruffles and bow details, making the dress really special!

  13. Jessica

    This is so pretty! I’m loving the fabric and details on the back. Thanks for linking up to An Oldie but a Goodie link party. – Jessica

  14. Aubrey @ H&H

    I love this! My daughters bday is at the end of summer and were having rainbow colors as part of the theme. I can totally see this whimsical dress with fun bright fabric and all those embellishments looking great on her big day. I think thats outside of my skill range though

    • Amy Mayen

      Aubrey, you could totally do a skirt with all the funky embellishments. A circle skirt would be really full & twirly- or a ruffled skirt would make her look like a rainbow cupcake!

  15. Jen

    This is adorable, absolutely love the fabric!

  16. Katie

    Oh my gosh! so super cute! I love the picture of you on the bike by the way! :)
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  17. Pam

    GORGEOUS dress!!! I love everything about it, Amy, but especially the shirring and the ruffled embellishment.

  18. Linda

    This dress is gorgeous!! What a fine job you did! I’ve been sewing all my life and it is wonderful when you sew something and it comes out that wonderful. I’d love to have you share this at What to do Weekends party also. It’s the perfect weekend project, don’t you think? I’m following on Pinterest, Facebook, and Google+ Best wishes, Linda


  19. gina

    So cute!!! I love the extra embellishments and the fabric is really cute too!

  20. clairejustineoxox

    Beautiful dress, thanks so much for linking up to Creative Mondays…

  21. Joy

    Wow! That’s some major detail work there! enJOYed your post.

  22. Lori Lehman

    What a adorable sweet dress!!! Love the colors!! Happy Spring, Lori

  23. Janlynn

    The dress is so sweet. I love all the details! My little girls are in their twenties now – I fondly remember sewing pretty dresses like this.

  24. Jennifer Lachman

    I love the colors in the dress, and I know how you feel about the zebra print. My girls like the leopard print and I get a bit tired of it. Got to change things up from time to time.

  25. Rachel

    What a sweet dress! I really like that feather fabric.


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