Dress for the Belmont Stakes

Here is my second version of McCall’s 6875. A matching pattern for little girls is in the same envelope. The bodice is lined, and the seams are either serged or finished with a 1/8-inch top-stitched hem.


The instructions were just as difficult the second time round. Fitting the demi-sleeve to the bodice is difficult. In my opinion, it can’t be done neatly without making a risky slit in the front and back bodice right below the sleeve insertion (where the lining is clipped).

Otherwise, I love sewing this dress. The beautiful cotton print was pricey. The solid dark orange came from Joann’s collection of solid colors, and it was on the inexpensive side. I had difficulty getting the wrinkles out of both of these; go figure.


I’m so happy with this completed dress and matching hat that is my own generic pattern. I figured that if I bought doll gloves, I could see how they were put together and copy the construction for my future gloves. But I’m not thrilled with these gloves; they’re very pretty, but too loose.


Isn’t this parasol stunning? I don’t recall off-hand where it came from, but I can find the vendor in my records if someone wants to buy one. Most of the other parasols and umbrellas are made of plain fabric in limited colors. If anyone comes across a black parasol, I’d like to know about it, especially if it’s black lace.


Edit: I changed the title to “Dress for the Belmont Stakes” because we might have a Triple Crown winner!


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13 thoughts on “Dress for the Belmont Stakes

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  2. Love your posts! The dresses, the fabrics, the attention to detail….

    You mentioned for the Belmont Stakes dress you had difficulty getting the wrinkles out of the fabrics. May I ask what you used? I had a gorgeous turquoise solid fat quarter from Joann I ended up throwing away for the wrinkles. I tried saturating the fabric before ironing, Magic Sizing, Niagara-brand starch, all to no avail. Thanks.

    • Sorry for the delay in answering your comment. Sometimes a fat quarter can be worthless. I try to remember to do the crunch test before I buy fabric. I crunch up a handful of the fabric in my hand and squeeze really tight, and then I see how wrinkled the fabric is once I let go. I get some indication of the fabric quality this way. You’re probably way ahead of me on this. I use the spray nozzle on my iron. Then I try a spray bottle of water that I keep with my iron to see if more moisture will help to get the wrinkles out. I also have completely saturated something as a last resort, depending on the content of the fabric.There are some wrinkles I can’t get out. I made a tan/beige vest out of some cotton broad cloth. I didn’t notice until after the vest was almost finished that there was a permanent wrinkle where the fabric had been folded in half on the bolt. I wasn’t happy with the fit of the vest anyway, so this was a lose/lose situation for me. I cannot get wrinkles out of some sheets. I like to iron the ones that seem to have permanent wrinkles across the top, but those can’t be removed as far as I know.

  3. Hi, I stumbled across your blog while doing a google search for doll parasols! Can you tell me where you purchased it? I sew a lot for my dolls, also, so I’ve had a lot of fun perusing your blog and reading about all the outfits you’ve made. Thank you!

    • Hi Angela, Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I wanted to find the box to my parasol before responding. I actually purchased it from American Girl a couple years ago. Parasols come and go on ebay. I suggest checking there after you decide what size you want. Good luck.

  4. She looks adorable 😀 Love the parasol! You did a great job with this dress and the hat too 🙂 I think I may have seen black parasols at Nancy’s Notions a while back so might be worth having a look over there.

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