November 03, 2013

Sew: McCalls 6559 (again)

Surprise! I made another M6559!! I love this pattern. It is such a good pattern for my everyday life.

I've had my eye on this fabric for years but it is quite a stiff knit so always opted for something else. A few months ago I was in Tessuti doing a fitting class when someone bought it, leaving 1.2 metres on the roll. I quickly pounced on the remnant (and a few others) and this lovely became mine. Obviously, it's still not a perfect knit for this dress but it makes a great little dress. 

Project Details
Pattern: McCalls 6559, size 16-18
Fabric: Japanese printed cotton knit from Tessuti
Alterations: Graded from 16 bust to 18+ hips as the fabric has limited drape and I didn't want it clinging, finished neck and armholes with self fabric binding. 

Perfect for market shopping on a beautiful spring day! 

Although I love this pattern, I finally bought the Mission Maxi pattern this week to give it a go. I wear this style of dress all the time on my days off so thought it was time to see what all the fuss was about with the Mission Maxi. Any tips?

L x


  1. This is lovely. It looks comfy too. I've made the mission maxi . I never blogged it because the armholes were too low and I found the racer back difficult to wear a bra with it. Also I used a too-thin knit that showed every lump and bump. Having said that, I want to try it again with a few adjustments and I also used the pattern to make a maxi skirt this weekend.

    1. A maxi skirt is a good idea! I think I've been reluctant to try the mission maxi for those exact reasons. I love this pattern but I want thinner straps. Maybe I'll merge the patterns...

  2. I love this dress on you, so comfy-looking. And the fabric you chose for this one is happy-happy. Very lovely.

    Cindy, Creative Hormone Rush

  3. I've been a bit Mission Maxi obsessed this year - the rely curvy shape of the pattern as it flares out from bust to hips really works for my figure! I do change the top part always though!

    Here's what I do:
    - widen the strap part to about double the drafted width
    -finish the neck and arms with a folded band about 1cm wide (So starts as about 3cm, then folded etc) This helps raise the underarm, which someone above said was too low, and makes the straps wider so that my bra stays well and truly hidden!
    -If I don't want to wear a racerback bra, I widen the racerback on the back to a more traditional tank shape
    -with really stretchy, heavy jersey, i find the neckline pulls down over the day and sometimes shows bra. If I want something I can wear at work, I raise the neckline slightly.

    I do love this pattern though - I've made 3 dresses, and at least 6 tanks from it, and they get a lot of wear!

  4. Very cute dress and FUN print!

  5. It's a great little dress! I had big plans to remake 6559 this past summer but time got away from me.

  6. Fun print!! Looks lovely on you :)


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