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M6559 Tank Dress: My New Favorite Dress

2014 June 8
by elizabeth_admin

After my wadder last week, I really needed this win.  Truly.

I knew after making my first maxi dress last year that I wanted to make another and that I had definitely found a winner in McCall’s 6559 dress pattern, as so many others have found as well.  What I didn’t realize was how awesome the shorter version is.  Like incredibly awesome.  I used FOE again to bind the neckline and armholes but will never do that again.  I can’t stand the stuff.  So un-user friendly.  From on I’m going to use Karla’s trick to finish the neckline.  Gonna try it out tomorrow on my mom’s dress.  I’ve already cut out her dress and another one for me today.

I made yesterday’s tank dress in a few hours.  It would have been quicker had I not had to wrestle with the FOE (dangnabbit!)  But the finished dress is super cute and flattering (if I do say so myself).  My trusty photographer (the little boy who lives with me) was extra nice and obviously used the “thinnerizer” when taking my pictures.  Love that boy!  I wore it out for a dinner and a movie last night and it was just perfect for a night out on the town.  I felt pretty, comfortable and stylish.  Can’t beat that combo!

Here’s my new dress…





Can you see why I love it?  The fabric I bought with Sherril and Jeanette in LA on my last trip up there.  It’s a textured knit.  It has just the right drape for this dress.  Couldn’t have been more perfect for the pattern.  For realz.  I think Sherril bought some of this too, so I’m sure she’s gonna be whipping something up with it soon.

FYI: I have had to postpone my next shopping trip up to LA.  I just can’t make it up there before June 16th.  I will keep y’all updated on my plans.  Would love to see/meet some new sewers when I’m up there.

Happy sewing!

31 Responses leave one →
  1. June 8, 2014

    You look wonderful in this dress. Well, actually it is not the dress 🙂 But it suits you and I love your hair, very becoming 🙂

  2. Carolyn permalink
    June 8, 2014

    Perfect. Stunning. Beautiful.
    You are right to make more of these!

  3. Karla permalink
    June 8, 2014

    I do love this dress, and I’m going to find my copy of this pattern today if it’s the only thing I do. (How’s that for getting out of laundry and cooking?) Another method for finishing the armhole and neck is creating your own facing pattern and sewing it as seen in this video: I learned this method within the past year, after I bought the Jorna pattern, which included the facing and the instructions, and I can’t believe how it has simplified finishing the openings on sleeveless garments.

  4. June 8, 2014

    You look pretty, comfortable and stylish as well! The dress turned out perfectly and I’m going to use Karla’s trick for my upcoming maxi 🙂

  5. June 8, 2014

    That knit is gorgeous — and it looks perfectly aligned. Great job!

  6. June 8, 2014

    Lovely dress! Comfortable and stylish and it suits you really well. The textured knit makes it just that little bit more special. A win indeed.
    And I also like your hair.

  7. June 8, 2014

    This is a beautiful dress and such lovely fabric. I really like that style on you and it is a perfect movie night dress.

  8. June 8, 2014

    So cute! A real winner!

  9. June 8, 2014

    Gorgeous dress! I’m so glad to hear from another who struggles with FOE. I settled on stretching and prepressing into shape. If I do those 2 things, I struggle less at the SM.

  10. June 8, 2014

    Great fabric, and of course a great dress too. I love a good tank dress. You can’t really get better for summer in terms of rolling comfort, style and practicality all together as one. You look fab!

  11. Ruth permalink
    June 8, 2014

    The design is super simple. You have perfected the fit, and that’s why it looks so good.

  12. ME Pendleton permalink
    June 8, 2014

    Great job & love the fabric !!! What is FOE ?

    • June 8, 2014

      FOE = Fold over elastic, like the kind that binds fleece jacket sleeves and bottoms.

      Love the dress!

  13. Nancy permalink
    June 8, 2014

    Love your dress. I have that pattern, but haven’t made it up yet. The pattern illustration looked to me more like a slight racer back and I was worried about bra straps showing, but your dress doesn’t look that way. Did you modify the back at all?

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      June 8, 2014

      View D does not have a racer back, so I just use view D for every dress. 🙂

      • June 8, 2014

        It looks AMAZING!!! Great job. I still have this pattern in my stash from your post last September. I’m still fascinated by how well it fits in the back with no CB seam. I will have to try to make it up soon, maybe I’ll muslin it tonight. I have the perfect striped fabric for it, from Austin.

        That is what I was wondering too, about the racer back, so I will definitely sew view C, with the full back and shorter length.

        How wide is the FOE you’re using? I heard the wider widths can be harder to use.

  14. June 8, 2014

    that looks fantastic, nice fit. and what a great use of the fabric. That is the kind of dress you can wear casual or more dressed up. perfect.

  15. June 8, 2014

    Ooooh, super cute! It will be perfect for the SoCal summer!

  16. June 8, 2014

    Great dress that looks fantastic on you.

  17. Kathy - Ohio permalink
    June 8, 2014

    I love this dress. You look fabulous!

  18. June 9, 2014

    Great to have a winner…amd a quick one to boot. I hate FOE too.

  19. June 9, 2014

    Yes I do see why you love that dress! It’s perfect on you. I also made the maxi and liked the fit but I’m not a maxi gal. Will definitely try the short version. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Creative Hormone Rush permalink
    June 9, 2014

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog, and I’m just blown away by your dress. The fabric and pattern are perfect for your coloration and body shape — a match made in heaven. Also love that you’re going for the new hem length, which is quite slimming on you. Absolutely stunning!

  21. June 9, 2014

    Elizabeth, love that on you! Nice job. Super cute.

  22. June 9, 2014

    Elizabeth, love this on you! Super cute. Nice work.

  23. June 10, 2014

    Love it when a simple make looks this stunning!

  24. June 13, 2014

    Love the dress. Texture knit? I am in S. Cal and would love to find this type of fabric before returning to Hawaii.

    Thanks for sharing


    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      June 13, 2014

      Josie, it’s really hard to find. I bought this one in LA at on of the stores in the Fashion District. The other textured knit I found was at the National City swap meet. The LA fabric jobbers come down there on Saturdays.

      • June 13, 2014

        Hi Elizabeth,

        Thanks for responding. I will keep my eyes open for fun jersey fabrics.

        Thanks again. Have a great afternoon

        Josie Huber

  25. June 19, 2014

    It looks great! Well done.

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