Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Dress: Pattern Review McCalls 6553

Happy Monday!

Today was a chance to wear the latest dress I made using M6553, It is a super comfy dress to wear and so cute!

Here is my result!


Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress has princess seams, self-lined yoke back, side openings for self belt, back pleats/ neck slit with button/thread loop closing, and shaped hemline.


Pattern Sizing: I cut the 6 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes 

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were pretty simple but if I make it again I will use RTW construction methods because she of the steps can be done better. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was curious to see how the dress looked made up aside from the photo of the model on the envelope so I went ahead an made it and love it, it is so comfy and cute and the shaped hemline is really nice. 

Fabric Used: I used a dress weight red gabardine 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any but if I make it again I will remove the pleat in the back because I didn't like it after I made it and will replace it with gathers. 

Would you sew it again? I might in a jersey for a casual look. 

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!


I love the way it looks from the side!
Various Jewelry, Cat Eye Sunnies, Essie Polish "Trophy Wife" lol!


I am going to change the yoke method on this pattern if I make it again, I also hate the pleat and would rather it have gathers.


xoxo
mimi g.




56 comments:

  1. You go Mimi...you a BAD girl!!! :)

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  2. Really cool and unique dress. The red is gorgeous on you.

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  3. Beautiful! Do you get your patterns from the fabric store?

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  4. good lord...it looks amazing! just like the dress from 'fashion star' i remember looking at it and telling myself i was going to make it! so glad you did, now im inspired to complete mine.

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  5. LOOOVE IT! Especially with the nude shoes. Beautiful, as usual!!!

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  6. Sooo cute. I would have never given this dress a second look before you made it. Now I have to rethink this look for summer. The look with the belt would definitely flatter some of us more well endowed girls since the belt gives some waist definition.

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  7. Girl!! Those shoes are on hit!!!!!!!

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  8. Girl!! Those shoes are on hit!!!!!

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  9. Cute Dress Mimi, What is the RTW method?

    Rachel from MN

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  10. I JUST looked at this pattern not 5 mins ago! Super cute!

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  11. Beautiful and the color is sooo prettyyyyy!

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  12. I think this dress looks absolutely adorable on you. It's not for me. I think my cups runneth over a little too much to have a good effect. I actually thought you were going to post the other dress. Surprise, surprise!

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  13. This is the best thing ever. I wish I had 8 of these. So pretty.

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  14. The dress is very high fashion. You belong on a runway wearing that dress. I love the high low hem. Great Review!

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  15. I just purchased this pattern. Can't wait to try it!

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  16. I love it! It looks like I thought it would. I snatched this pattern up at the last Hancock sale.

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  17. Cute dress!! Love the color...what does yoke mean?

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  18. I love the color too bad this cut wouldn't compliment me...I have a little hunch it the shoulder area so I would look pregnant from the back.

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  19. Love this dress and it looks fantastic on you! I've been eyeing this pattern but wasn't sure (as you said) how it would look on someone other than the model, and now I may have to get it.

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  20. Absolutely beautiful! And the color is fantastic on you! Just lovely!

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  21. Absolutely beautiful! The color on you is incredible. Just lovely!

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  22. Mimi- Your sewing skills are sickening. I am pulling out my machine again. You are so amazing. Keep up the great work.

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  23. MIMI!!! I was GAGGING over this dress on the show and was not going to pay $325 for it. So glad you posted this because I'm buying this pattern RI'T NOW!

    The dress looks great on you, love.

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  24. The the dress. and the shoes.............TDF!!! I like the polish too. I have that polish. hehe wish i had the shoes and dress.

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  25. Elegance at it's finest, you have done it yet again!!

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  26. Hi Mimi. Love the dress - has kind of a Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn air: effortless, elegant - both of which I adore. Gorg!

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  27. The color is fierce and the nail polish is rocking! Not quite sure about the dress. Not used to you in such a loose fitting dress. I dunno about this one. But the color and fabrication works.

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  28. Those cat eyes are soo working!!!!!

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  29. So cute on you, I loved it on fashion star , wasn't sure if it woud be too much of a sack on me. You nailed it.

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  30. So cute on you, I loved it on Fashion Star. I thought it would look to sack like one me. You nailed it.

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  31. Dear Mimi,
    Thank you so much for sharing with us your passion through this blog. You make full of amazing tutorials and you give them generously. I love your blog, I love your style and I am surely your first fan in Strasbourg :-)
    PS: I don't speak english very well so "mille excuses pour les fautes"

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    1. Merci beaucoup! Je suis tellement heureux d'avoir un nouvel ami si loin. câlins et de baisers de la Californie.

      xoxo
      mimi g.

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  32. Really cute dress!! Love the shoes!


    Carsedra of:

    http://www.embracingtherealme.com/

    http://sweets4yourtooth.blogspot.com/

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  33. I love the dress on you, adorable. Not sure how it would translate well into a plus size for me though.

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  34. Hi Mimi, I've been following your blog but never left a comment. This dress is gorgeous on you. The pleat in the back looks nice on you. I can't wait to see what it will look with the gathers. You are AWESOME!!!!

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  35. How come you didn't try out for fashion star because your designs are off the chain. You have mad talent. Share it with the world.

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  36. Hey Mimi!!! You can wear just about anything and look good!!! I love the front portion of the dress, but I can't get with the back part. Maybe it would look different with the 'gathering' you were talking about. The front is sweet, though, with the tie and all. Anyhow, you are still rocking it! You'd probably make a trash bag look good on you!!!!! LOLOL!!!!

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  37. Love this dress!! You made it look better than the model's version on the pattern. Perfect fabric and color..love it!

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  38. Gorgeous dress. The color is perfect.

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  39. This in an amazing/unique design!

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  40. Mimi, you knocked this one straight out of the ball park! Love this dress on you. I was looking at this pattern and decide not to buy it because I don't like tie belts in the back. (the original view on Fashion Star). But your version has me running back to get this pattern...I have to have this gorgeous dress! Thanks so very much for sharing you very impeccable style with all of us!

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  41. Fab! I got this pattern in the Joann's sale last week. I loved the heaped hem and loose fit but I don't think I will o the belt. Did you find it true to size? Because I won't to make I as close fitting as possible since I am planning on not using th belt. Thanks!

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  42. Wow, your version looks so much better than the model on the pattern. I think the pleats in the back are keepers. The pleats are nice and you are definitely wearing the dress.

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  43. Holy cow...so Cute!!! You are an inspiration!!!

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  44. i love this dress and you look adorable

    -Debbi

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  45. I have no clue how to even turn on a sewing machine, but I check your blog every day to see what you've made. You have incredible talent!!! Blessings!! Evelyn

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  46. Mimi, How tall are you? That dress seems short but it doesn't look all that short on you

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  47. Hi Mimi,
    I'm new to your blog. I'm about to cut this pattern, but the finished garment measurements seem like I should cut a 6. I'm normally a 10 in real life, and find that I usually have to cut patterns a couple of sizes above that. Do you find this one runs big, particularly in the bust?
    Many thanks from a new reader!
    H

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  48. Hi Mimi,
    I'm new to your blog. I'm about to cut this pattern, but the finished garment measurements seem like I should cut a 6. I'm normally a 10 in real life, and find that I usually have to cut patterns a couple of sizes above that. Do you find this one runs big, particularly in the bust?
    Many thanks from a new reader!
    H

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    1. Its pretty true to size and its a loose fitting dress so cut close the your actual measurements that match the finished measurements on the pattern, don't get stuck on their sizes they will never match anything anyway because they are ll made with a different amount of ease.

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.