A while ago, I mentioned that I was going to stop sewing for myself until I managed to reach certain weight loss goals. Recently, I finally met my first one! Hooray! I ended up deciding against the Simplicity pattern I originally chosen to go with the chevron jersey I picked up from Pacific Fabrics back in March during their Sew Expo sale. It was kind of a silly choice, because it would require a lot of pattern matching to make it look good, so I choose a simple McCall’s dress (McCall’s 6612).
I originally bought the pattern to make a pink sequin cocktail dress, but this pattern also included a maxi dress with a cowl. I’m not sure what season it’s for, but this jersey is pretty lightweight, that even with the cowl, I’m pretty sure it passes for summer wear. The only pattern matching I had to do was matching at the side seams. I got pretty close, so that’s all I cared about.
It’s a super simple dress: three pieces! It took me less than four hours to make, from cutting out to finishing the hem. Granted, having a serger made it go a LOT faster. I single stitched the hem on the armhole and twin needle stitched the hem on the skirt; that almost made me wish I had a cover stitch machine.
On to my review!
Jersey maxi dress with cowl. Pattern envelope describes it as close fitting, which I would say is pretty accurate.
I made a size 14, but graded out to a size 16 in the hips. Easier to take in than to let out! I feel like I have just enough room to move around in, while the design still retains a good shape.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Very much so!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Honestly, I didn’t really follow the instructions, except for sewing and attaching the cowl. But those were pretty easy to follow. Otherwise, only checked to make sure that I was hemming the suggested amount.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Super easy. This style was only three pieces, other styles are equally simple in the amount of pieces to use.
Lightweight jersey with a chevron print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Maybe not this style again, but I’m currently making a cocktail dress from another style from the same pattern. The shirt with the rouched sides also looks appealing, so we’ll see!
If you need a pattern for a quick and easy knit dress, this is it!Share on Facebook