Pattern Review: McCalls 6700 Fashion Star Dress

Pattern Description: From McCalls’ website – “Pullover dress has fitted, mock wrap bodice, shoulder ties, elasticized shoulders and raised (seamed) waist, fitted, narrow hem, thread carriers and self belt.”

Sizing: 8 to 24. I made a 12.

Fabric Used: A soft flannel-type finish jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics. Alas, it’s long since sold out, but Pretty Much Any of These will work equally well.

Machine(s) Used: Juki MO654DE, Pfaff 1320

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 needle, thread. ½ inch elastic from Fashion Sewing Supply.

Tips Used during Construction: Sewing With Knits, Anything by the Pressinatrix.

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

How were the instructions? Good. Honestly, this is a pretty simple dress to put together. If you have more than a little sewing experience, you can glance at the instructions and just go for it.

Construction Notes: Everything went together easily on this. I cut the pattern from a maxi dress to knee-length. I serged all the side seams, and I used a .5 mm zigzag stitch on the armhole and hem. I used a 2mm zigzag to stitch the elastic casing. I tacked the front bodice pieces at the CF mark to avoid any peekaboo issues.

Likes/Dislikes: I wanted a cute, fun, summery dress pattern to restart my mojo and this did the trick. No real dislikes.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Would I do it again? Yes. Will I? Probably not – there are lots of other patterns to sew out there. But this was a great little dress to get me sewing again!
Here are some pictures on Shelley:

Front view

Front view

Back View

Back view

Happy sewing!

8 thoughts on “Pattern Review: McCalls 6700 Fashion Star Dress”

  1. QSSSue says:

    Sweet dress – a good way to get the mojo fired up again!

  2. Robin says:

    How cute is that! I like the placement of the print.

  3. Really pretty. I might have to get this pattern.

  4. Linda L says:

    Nice dress. Glad this got your sewing mojo going!

  5. Karla says:

    I’m really sorry I missed out on that beautiful…er…gorgeous! fabric. A few people have said the tie in back bothered them, so I’ve been trying to turn the project into a PITA by substituting a different back bodice…but what do you think? Annoying, or comfortable?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      It doesn’t bother me, Karla. It might have to do with the fabric. If you use something that is crisper or bulky, I could imagine it might be less comfortable, but this fabric is really soft and drapey, so it doesn’t irritate – I don’t even notice it.

  6. Cennetta says:

    Hi Ann,
    Glad you mojo is back. Super cute dress.

  7. Tany says:

    Outstanding job on the dress, Ann!! LOVE it!

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