Pattern Review – McCalls 6074 1 Hour Dress

It’s hot here, so I wanted to make a little dress to wear and stay cool. I wanted to make it before I left on vacation, but alas, life got in the way so I made it today instead.

Pattern Description: From McCalls Website, MISSES’ DRESSES IN THREE LENGTHS: Pullover dresses A, B, C, D have front elastic casing detail, deep V-neck, flare skirt and stitch hems; dress A has purchased iron-on trim; dress B has contrast hem band; dress D has cap sleeve; dresses A, B lengths are 2″ above mid-knee; dress C is evening length; dress D length is 2″ above ankle.
I made View A, sans the crafty shit purchased iron-on trim.

Sizing: 6-22, I made a 12.

Fabric Used: Über Soft Italian Rayon Jersey in Soft Red.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11, a couple of scraps of fusible interfacing, 1 inch petersham ribbon, 5/8 inch elastic, Metrosene thread.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.

How were the instructions? I didn’t use them. I took a quick look at them and they seemed fine.

Construction Notes: I serged all the seams and ran the neck and armhole hems on my regular machine. I used a 3-thread serger stitch for the bottom hem:

I reinforced the back shoulder seams with fusible interfacing before I sewed them. I used a length of 1 inch cotton/rayon petersham ribbon (purchased from Susan Khalje) instead of the casing piece in the pattern. I think it works just as well and looks nicer. The petersham doesn’t add any appreciable bulk.

It’s worth noting that this pattern runs a little large, especially if you use a jersey with a lot of give like I did. I made a size 12, but I think I could even have gotten away with a size 10 with a FBA.

Any changes? The bust point on this pattern is pretty high, so I lowered it. I also lowered the placement of the elastic/casing by about an inch to sit nicely under my bust. I did a FBA.

Likes/Dislikes: Easy, fast to make and comfortable to wear. I do have one teeny little quibble. They call it a “One Hour Dress” on the pattern envelope. I’d say it’s more like two or three hours, but it’s still an easy sew.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. A cute dress that is comfortable and easy. What’s not to love? Here’s a picture of the dress on Shelley

Parting Shot: Anniversary Dinner!

Everyone loves the Pink Wig.

Happy sewing!

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