Pattern Review: New Look 6557 Dress (OOP)

Wow,the first time I made this dress was in 2006! I made a striped version, which I used for a Threads Magazine article on grain, and they never sent back to me. I also made a version that year in a beautiful floral eyelet, that I still have and wear. And I never did a review of either dress. So here you go…

Pattern Description: Misses Dress with neckline variations, bias-cut midriff panel and ΒΌ circle skirt. I made View B, the surplice bodice with shoulder straps.

Sizing: 8-18. The first two versions I made size 14. They run big, and I’ve lost a little weight recently, so this time I made a size 12.

Available as a PDF? It’s out of print, so no. You can find it on Ebay and Etsy occasionally.

Fabric Used: A tropical floral print stretch cotton from my stash. It was a gift from a fabric wholesaler and there’s no more available. You can find similar fabrics here at Gorgeous Fabrics.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2030 sewing machine, Juki MO654DE serger, Reliable Iron/Board, pressing ham, silk organza press cloth.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, Pro-Tricot and Pro-Weft interfacings from Fashion Sewing Supply, thread, Japanese hand-sewing needle, silk organza, invisible zipper.

Tips Used during Construction: And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix – Press As You Go, Sew from Wide to Narrow.

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

Fitting Adjustments? I made a FBA.

How were the instructions? Well, between 2006 and now, I managed to lose the second page, so I didn’t use them. The first page only has the instructions on sewing the bodice. I don’t really like their method – it is a little kludgy, but I didn’t realize it until I was already committed, and in the end it turned out fine. If I do it again I’ll write up a different method.

Construction Notes: The pattern includes a narrow self-belt, that I didn’t bother to make. I sewed all the seams on the Pfaff with a straight (2.5 mm) stitch. I finished all the raw edges of the seams with the serger.

I self lined the bodice, rather than use a lining fabric. I installed an invisible zipper, and I bound the edges with a Hong Kong finish, using bias cut silk organza.

I could have just serged the seam allowances and zipper tape together, but I thought the bright red added a fun little touch.

I made a 5/8 inch narrow hem, and used a 3mm straight stitch.

Likes/Dislikes: 11 years after I made this, the pattern still looks fresh. I wanted a fun sundress for summer, and this fits the bill quite nicely!

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. This is a classic dress that looks great in so many different fabrications. Keep in mind that it runs rather large, so check the size before you cut. (I recommend making a muslin.)

Conclusion: Great pattern, great fun fabric. I love the tropics and tropical prints, and I can’t wait to wear this! Here are pictures on Shelley – I fill it out a bit more than she does.

Happy sewing!

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12 thoughts on “Pattern Review: New Look 6557 Dress (OOP)”

  1. When you say that you serge your seam allowances, do you do this before or after you’ve sewn the seam? I’m assuming you do it before you sew the seam, but just wanted to be sure. Terrific dress, by the way . . . it’s a classic.

    1. I always finish my seams after I sew them, Allyn. That way if I need to change anything I have the original SAs.

  2. It is beautiful, Ann. Love the bold fabric. A picture on you, which I know you don’t prefer, showing your pretty smile would be nice too. If you get a chance. Also, I have been wondering…..is there some significance to naming your dress form Michelle? A term of endearment to someone? Or is this too personal a question?

    1. I got that dress form used from a fashion school, and she had the name Michelle written on her neck, so I call her Shelley πŸ™‚

      1. I had a dress form, that went to our 4-H fair for years to display members garments. She usually traveled in the passenger seat of my car, strapped in with a seat belt. One year for reasons I can’t remember, she remained my passenger for at least a week, as I commuted to work, so my husband christened her “Thelma”. A little later at a garage sale, I found another very similar to her and yes, you guessed it, her name is Louise.

  3. It looks like a fun comfortable dress for summer weather.

    Threads never sent your stripe dress back?! Is that normal procedure? If so, it gives a whole new meaning to why they call article writers “contributor” rather than “author”.

    1. I know – I don’t think it was malice aforethought. They were going through a lot of changes in editors at the time (including the Editor in Chief), and I didn’t follow up.

  4. At first I was shocked that Threads didn’t return your dress. Then I clicked on the article you wrote. I wouldn’t have returned it either. πŸ˜› I love that dress!

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