Pattern Review: McCalls 6559 Maxi Dress

a.k.a. Zip zap zum

Pattern Description: (From McCalls website)MISSES’UNLINED JACKETS AND DRESSES: Close-fitting, unlined jacket in 2 lengths has front extending into single-layer tie ends(wrong side shows). Very close-fitting, pullover dresses. E and F: front seam detail, bias upper/middle fronts, and lower front/back (cut on crosswise grain of fabric. All have narrow hems.

I made View D, the plain and simple maxi dress.

Sizing: 6-22

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: Chevron print abstract smooth faced jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (naturally). It’s sold out, but You Can Find Similar Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 sewing machine, Juki home serger, Naomi the Naomoto iron, pressing ham, shoulder stand.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle. Scraps of interfacing for stabilizing the shoulder seams, thread. That’s all.

Tips Used during Construction: And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix

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

How were the instructions? I didn’t really use them. I took a cursory look at them and they seem fine.

Construction Notes: It doesn’t get easier than this. Cut out, sew side seams, make narrow hems at neckline, armholes and bottom hem. Done.

I serged the side seams, and I used a narrow (1mm by 3mm) zigzag stitch for the hems all around.

I have a technique for narrow hems that helps me keep them even. Before I start on them, I sew a line of basting stitches at the 5/8 inch (in this case) hemline. That serves as an exact guide when I fold my hems and it keeps the hemlines from getting all ripply.

Closeup of the neckline.
Closeup of the neckline.



With a closeup of the inside finishing
With a closeup of the inside finishing

Likes/Dislikes: Do you want an easy, simple pattern that sews up in under an hour from start to finish? Here you go. I wanted a cool easy dress for summer. This fits the bill perfectly. And since JoAnn had McCalls patterns on sale at 5 for $7 this past weekend, the timing couldn’t have worked out better.

No real dislikes.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I’m serious when I say this is about as easy as it gets. Here it is on Shelley

and Back
and Back

Conclusion: What’s not to love? It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s comfortable. Great for summer!

Here’s a fun challenge. Anyone notice anything about this dress? My rendition, I mean, not the pattern in general.

Happy sewing!

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8 thoughts on “Pattern Review: McCalls 6559 Maxi Dress”

    1. Ding ding ding! Erinn gets a platinum star!!
      Yes, I cut the front in one direction and the back in the other. There was a slight dye bleed along one selvage (that’s why I took the piece for myself), which made it just a hair too narrow to cut both pieces in the same direction. I figure no one notices IRL, but if you look at the pictures you can definitely see it. 🙂

      Great job, Eagle-eye Erinn!

  1. Great dress. I love the fabric. I bought some last summer here in a rayon in exactly the same colours (and a blue/grey) but I’ve only seen it online as a knit. Wonder why?

    1. I’ve made it too, Monica. The StyleArc has more swing to it than the McCalls – i.e., the circumference at the hem is larger.

  2. Ann..that’s such a very pretty dress!

    Thanks…after seeing yours, I think I might try this maxi. The style looks “lingerie friendly”, and the hemline sweep/swing looks manageable even for someone as short as me 🙂

  3. Love it! I’m glad someone else scoops up the flawed fabric to sew for herself! Sometimes I think it’s the bane of my sewing life – other times it results in a beautiful creation! Wear it happily and comfortably all summer (once this storm passes through and leaves us with hotter weather)

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