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|McCall's: 6746 (Misses' Dresses) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.96 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Rayon Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress (cut on crosswise grain) with contrast, has shaped, twisted hemline. |
Pattern Sizing: A5(6-8-10-12-14), E5(14-16-18-20-22) - I made size 6
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow? No. The instructions are very vague. There are instructions on alterations for full bust, sway back, etc. that aren't really so necessary for such a loose fitting dress compared to better instructions for the dress itself. But this is not a hard pattern - there are only two pattern pieces so even a beginner will be able to figure it out. However, the instructions could be better in my opinion. And for instance, no fabric yardage is given for using two colors - even though 2 out of 3 views on the envelope are two colors. For size 6, you need 2 2/3 yards of each color. (Yes, that's 5 1/3 yards total - a lot of fabric.) You need the length of each pattern piece twice - and the back is 48 inches, becoming 96 inches on the fold. But the fabric is also wide enough to put the other piece next to it. However, that will get you one front and one back only. You will need another front and back for the other color or a duplicate of the same color if you choose the one-color option. The envelope calls for 2 7/8 yards and I don't see how that is possible. The instruction sheet layout only shows one front and one back being cut out - you need two of each. Maybe I'm missing something here????
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the idea of this being done in a very drapey fabric. I think McCall's really missed the mark when they did it in stiffer wovens. The dress doesn't even fit the models - it's too big on them. So look past the pictures on the envelope!!! I liked the twist on the hemline in both the front and back and was willing to give it a go since I could get the pattern on sale and thought it would be a safe experiment. Also, this dress uses a lot of fabric! You cut each of the two pieces out on the crosswise grain twice - two fronts and two backs - either all in one fabric or in two coordinating / contrasting fabrics. It's a bit unwieldy but manageable with some patience.
Fabric Used: Rayon Jersey with Lycra from my stash (always a bonus when I need quite a bit - already paid for )
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I raised the necklines, both front (3") and back (2 1/4"). I also lowered the dot on the back pattern piece by 9" - if you don't lower this dot, the slit above the back twist is quite high! It's unnecessary to have such a long slit for the design, too. I also took 1 3/4" out of the shoulders after it was finished and I tried it on. The armholes were too big, and overall this adjustment gave it more polish and less of a look of hanging on me. I'm pleased with the adjustment, but note that it then raised the necklines that much more, as well.
Suggestion: After step #3, take a rubberband, and gather the twist into the band to hold it together. Otherwise, after you sew your two pieces together the twist can change and it's a puzzle to figure out how to get it back to the right layout.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This dress is distinctive enough that I won't be in a hurry to have two in my wardrobe, however, I like it enough to sew it again, perhaps in a very fluid woven without contrasting front and back. I do recommend this dress though - it's fun and it can look a lot better than the pattern envelope if a very drapey fabric, knit or woven, is used.
Conclusion: Fun dress that McCall's could have showcased better on their pattern envelope. Knits aren't even mentioned in fabrics on the envelope back and yet I love this in the knits I used. (The belt is a purchased belt.)
Front of Dress
Back of Dress
Twist Close Up
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