February 26, 2014

Sew: McCalls 6460

I've been doing a bit of sewing. Finally! I'm now finding it hard to get photos of my makes as it is dark when I leave home in the morning, Mr Sew Brunswick has been travelling and I get home in my running gear not my handmade garments. I snapped these photos on my way out the door the other morning. Apologies for the poor light but this dress is a wearable muslin. A rather successful wearable muslin but a muslin all the same. I'm getting picky with the fit of my handmade garments.

The pattern is McCalls 6460 which is a sheath dress with various options. I chose view A with a darted raglan sleeve. Love the sleeves! You should all remember the fabric as the Gridlock Tessuti Competition fabric. I had a fair bit left and so did my Mum so I combined them to make another dress. You can see my original dress here.

The pattern sewed up relatively easily. The main problem is that you can't try the dress on until it is pretty much completely sewn together. This makes fitting it as you sew a bit difficult. I will wear this dress but I'm going to make it again incorporating all my changes. 

I added blue ponti piping to the raglan sleeves to add a bit of interest. The blue piping around the neckline was a last minute decision. It was supposed to be turned in and topstitched down but I like the contrast around the neckline. I simply stitched in the ditch to secure it.

Project Details:
Pattern: McCalls 6460, view A, size 18 graded out to a size 20 hips
Fabric: Gridlock from Tessuti, blue ponti from Clegs for flat piping and binding, navy rayon lining from Clegs
Alterations: 4cm sway back adjustment, removed 3cm from centre back neckline
Future alterations:

  • Remove 3cm total from front neckline.
  • Size 16 chest graded out to a size 18 hips.
  • Lower bust darts by 2.5cm
  • Fold dart out of front and back 8cm below underarm - remove total of 2cm at side seam
  • Add kick pleat to back

Another dress for my work wardrobe. It's not a real winner but will get a bit of wear. I'm off to make the next version now while the changes are fresh in my mind!

L x


  1. It's a really pretty wearable muslin.

  2. The piping on the raglan sleeves and neckline is a great design feature. With your future alteration an all ready lovely dress will be even better.

  3. The piping on the raglan sleeve and neckline is a great design feature. Your future alterations will make an all ready lovely dress even better.

  4. I think the piping is what makes this dress extra special besides you sewing and fitting it so well. Really nicely made!!

  5. How sad is it now that's its dark in the morning when we leave for work? Thankfully we still have the gorgeous light in the evenings... but not for much longer! Lovely to see you've been sewing again - it's been a shock to my blog reader not to have you pop up with something new on a regular basis! It's a fabulous workhorse dress :)

  6. The blue piping makes the dress pop. Looking forward to the next version.

  7. Very nice, I love a raglan sleeve and the piping is a perfect touch.


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