Barcelona Balcony Copycat: Intro

Barcelona Balcony Dress


Fabric: Lined dress with crinkle chiffon overlay. Yoke, bodice back, and waistband are of black cotton knit. Close-up photo below.

BB dress close up

Bodice: Front: Lined with gathered chiffon overlay; cotton knit yoke creates triangle cut-out. Back: cotton knit with curved v-neckline.

Sleeves: Sleeveless

Skirt: Knee length, full, lots of gathers at waist; waistband piece

Closure: CB invisible zipper

Special Details: Triangle cutout, and mix of fabrics keeps it interesting.


I love the color! I believe Modcloth calls it “chili red”.  The thought behind this frock was that it would be a good date dress for Valentine’s Day. Usually hubby and I go out to dinner. This year we will be going to see Les Miserables in Raleigh, NC. Out of town trip, yay! Given that I now have a specific event for this dress, I did have a fleeting thought of somehow making it more formal. Upping the ante, so to speak. Maybe making it one of those trendy hi-low hems? I’m still waiting for that fad to die out, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. If I wanted it knee length later, it would be easy enough to make a shorter even hem. Maybe I just make it floor length? When was the last time I wore a floor length dress? Oh yeah, my wedding! I’m a strictly cocktail length woman. Would floor length be too dressy?  What do you guys think?


I’ve been looking at fabrics online, of course erring toward the side of cheap. I really like the idea of using a black eyelet in place of the black knit. I’m going to use a red, lightweight satin as my lining/base fabric, and a red chiffon for the overlay. It won’t be the crinkle kind that I believe was in the original dress, but I will have the eyelet to give some texture variation.

I have sourced commercial patterns that would be viable to work from to create this look.

Patterns that are similar in style:

Butterick B5491, Simplicity 1803, Vogue 8574, New Look 6224

Patterns that can be modified: 

McCalls M6893, Simplicity 2215, New Look 6143


  • McCalls M6893 (See above for other pattern options.)
  • 2 yds of Satin/Lining Fabric
  • 2 yds Chiffon
  • 1/2 yd Black Eyelet Fabric
  • Size 10 machine needles
  • Matching serger thread (If you choose to to a rolled hem.)
  • Black invisible zipper

I will be creating a tutorial on how to make this dress using the McCall’s pattern M6893. Feel free to sew along with me!

Barcelona Balcony Dress: Issue 1 (What You Need to Get Started.)

Barcelona Balcony Dress: Issue 2 (Determining Your Pattern Size; Tracing Patterns.)

Barcelona Balcony Dress: Issue 3 (Dart Manipulation; Slash and Spread.)

Barcelona Balcony Dress: Issue 4 (Yoke Front and Bodice Front Lining.)

Happy Sewing!



Vivacious, Samba and Koi

Some of the entries in The Sew Weekly Reunion Challenge, including mine!

The Sew Weekly Reunion

Vivacious, Samba and Koi are fabulous on their own and together. Here are the amazing makes in these vibrant hues!



Vivacious Jeans by Erin from Seamstress Erin


Cape by Catja from Gjeometry


Top by Eline from Lientje Driel


Self Drafted Fall dress by Kristin from Sew Classic


‘Vivacious’ Meringue Skirt by Charlotte Powell from English Girl at Home



Faux Liberty Macaron by Jen from Jennifer Lauren Vintage


Outfit by Annie from The Enantiomer Project (swap challenger)


The “Taking Initiative” Renfrew Top by Amanda from Sewin in the Rain


Red cord beignet skirt by Sarah from Fabric Tragic

TSWR challenge photo

Organic cotton dress by Stini’s sewing blog



Hummingbird top by Sown Brooklyn


The Koi Pond Dress by Sally from the Quirky Peach


The good ol daisy dress by Ashley from Craft Sanctuary


The “California Koi” Dress by Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace


The Amsterdam Dress by Lina Dolfen



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I’m hoping that some of you out there who are checking out my blog for the first time. Yes, you! Are coming here to see some examples of my work. Well besides looking here or here, I’m going to give you the links to some video as well. Costumes in action!

Beautiful 1950’s red dress with lace bolero -right at the beginning!

The fuchsia and green beauties in this one (That’s real silk charmeuse!)

Ethel Waters formal gown (more silk charmeuse!) at 1:52 and 2:28

A 3-tiered velvet cape at 2:00 and 2:24, best shot at 4;39, although it’s quick.

I just realized I don’t have anything on this blog from My Fair Lady, but that is a whole post unto itself!


And I leave you with this one! Bumping and grinding Marie Antoinette style. I was the draper during this time, and we made EVERYTHING in this show! Take a look: