September 10, 2016

M6559 Visits San Juan

At the end of June we left on an epic vacation.  I'll post just pictures and tell you about that soon - promise.  I just realized we haven't even been back for 2 months yet - but it feels like vacation was years ago!  

Like just about every person on the planet who makes their own clothing - I had to make some new dresses right before we left.  The week before I made my very first McCalls 6559 (this isn't it - but this was the first one that got photographed in San Juan)

San Juan, Puerto Rico was amazing!  We loved the island and would love to go back.  We stayed in Old San Juan and didn't have a car, so all of our exploring happened on foot and we only got lost a couple of times!

As so many of my makes seem to be - this one was inspired by Carolyn.   She made several M6559 last summer.  I love how easy and cool these dresses are and they can be dressed up or down with your shoes, cardigan or shawl and jewelry. 

Because I only packed for a week - and did laundry on vacation and we were gone for almost 3 weeks - my clothes got worn quite a bit while we were on vacation, but these pictures were all taken in San Juan - but on 2 different days. 

The first time it was worn, we were just wandering around town.  We might have done some shopping or sight seeing (because the entire trip involved shopping and sight seeing). 

So - there is nothing earth shattering to tell you about this pattern.  I did the easy version - 2 pieces and other than adding some width at the hips.  I sewed the dress up on my sewing machine as my serger is still not being cooperative.  The fabric came from Fabric Mart sometime in the past year and according to the sticker - I paid $3.50 a yard.  There wasn't enough left to keep the scraps - so this dress cost just over $10 in fabric and about an hour of my time.

The next time the dress saw sunshine was the day we toured Bacardi.
The wind was crazy  - but Jay got a good snap!          

And here's both of us - having a rum cocktail before the official tour started.
It was a good day!


  1. Seriously - as soon as I saw Puerto Rico, I thought that I'm glad you guys both escaped getting Zika. Pretty sad, right? That's a really pretty dress, and at $10 for the fabric plus an hour's work, it was well worth it, even if you never wear it again. A 3 week vacation sounds really relaxing. Hope everything is going well there.

  2. That looks like the perfect tropical vacation dress! Beautiful!

  3. Hi Carolyn, lovely dress, and I have to say you're looking great!
    So, I just finally subscribed (or whatever it is one does) to Instagram.
    I have to ask...what's up w Carolyn saying yes or no to fabric purchases? Do you two have a pact? Is it reciprocal, you get to approve hers?
    I know you monitor comments, and I just wanted to say hi and touch base-and pose the ??
    You don't need to publish this.
    Be seeing you around.


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