This dress, more so than any other sewing project I’ve made (apart from my WIP wedding dress and the quilt I hand-stitched), has been the most time consuming thing EVER.
So much hand-sewing! Literally everything needed to be stay stitched or hand basted (waistband, placket and neckband, cuffs). Woof.
McCall’s 6503 is my first dress with a side zip though, which I think is pretty cool! This is also my first gathered skirt. I went that way instead of pleats. I did not care for the pleats.
I made a size 14 but had to grade to a larger waist. I probably should have shortened the bodice a bit.
This is probably not a great pattern for someone like me with a stomach, actually. It does a lot to accentuate the waist.
That neckband stands up LIKE CRAZY. My ears barely sit above it. It’s like a shirt cave when I sit if I’m not super straight.
I modified the cuffs from a different pattern which I thought would help tie the blue placket and rounded collar back into the dress. I used red buttons on the placket to draw more color from the plaid.
My final opinion? It’s fine. It will be a cute swing dancing dress but otherwise it’s a bit too costume-y for me.
If I had to do it again, I’d make style A. Others online seem to have had more luck with that one. But I really don’t think a second round will be worth the effort.
I will continue to make McCall’s patterns because they are often on sale, but I’m really not happy about it. I have yet to find a slam dunk of a pattern by them that just really suits and fits me well.
This fabric I still think is really great though, just some lightweight cotton weave (I’m still not great at identifying fabrics). A lawn maybe?
I noticed it on my first SR Harris visit and couldn’t wait to find a project for it — $4.50 per yard after discount. I decided it could be a match for this dress, but I really struggled to figure out how the plaid should be expressed in the placket and neckband, so I decided those should be done in a different, flat color, and I rotated the plaid 90 degrees for the waistband to help break up that “BLAH” effect of having too much of the same fabric in a dress.
The light blue stretch cotton used as contrast is leftover from Adam’s first Western shirt. I accented the placket with basic red buttons — a thrift store find given to me by my mom.
Total cost: 16 hours (at least!) and $15