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Pattern Review: McCall’s 6069

2011 April 24
by elizabeth_admin

I just put the following review up on Pattern Review



McCall’s 6069

Pattern Description: Misses Dresses and Sash: Pullover, above mid-knee, semi-fitted straight dresses. A, B, C have elastic waist casing, stitched hem and bodice variations; dress A is sleeveless; dress B has three-quarter sleeves; dress C is sleeveless with self sash; dresses A, B, C have optional back strap; optional purchased belt.

I made View A but used the front pattern piece of View C for my back to make it more work-friendly and easier to wear.

Pattern Sizing: A5 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14) I made a size 12 with smaller seam allowances for the skirt to add a little ease. If I hadn’t… Well, let’s just say there would be serious mental stress for anyone who saw me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the back.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow. No surprises. It’s a very simple dress.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the drape neck. I loved that I didn’t need to do an FBA; the bodice had enough ease in it for the “girls”.  I can’t believe how simple and yet how beautiful this dress is. It’s great drafting. I also like how the facing edges at the shoulder are incorporated into the hem of the armscye opening. It helps to keep them from flipping out.


Dislike would be too strong a word, but I am not fond of the fact that the directions leave you with an unfinished seam allowance at the waist after inserting the elastic. Not sure how you would do it differently.


Also, I am just not a big fan of the facing for the View C front pattern piece. Maybe I’ll bind it instead next time?

Fabric Used: A beautifully soft rayon lycra knit from Fabric Mart which Carolyn bought on my behalf on her vacation buying trip.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I measured the pattern pieces and made the following changes:

  • Since I am long-waisted, I added 2 inches to the bodice at the lengthen/shorten line on both front and back pieces.
  • I thought the skirt would have sufficient ease (1 inch), but I took smaller seam allowances and added about an inch more after trying it on and finding things to be a little hoochie mama. I’ve already learned my WAFBS lesson people — don’t need another one.  My sister confirmed today that this dress is ready for work time prime time.  😉
  • In further efforts to wear this to work, I lengthened the skirt by two inches as well. I see in these pictures though, it looks a little on the long side. I may have to raise the hem a little. We’ll see how bothered I am by it though as I wear it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely sew this again. I think in another print, it would look like a different dress, especially if I use View C as the front or add the sleeves.

Conclusion: This is a great pattern: It’s well drafted, works well for larger busts, is easily lengthened. Just make sure you measure well to choose the right size and know what kind of ease you like in straight skirt dresses. This dress is very simple to make. I heartily recommend it to beginners and advanced sewists alike!


Here’s some snaps of the finished dress.  I love it.  I actually think it’s more flattering in person, but whatevs.  First up is Katie and me in our Easter finery.  We both felt extra special today.  🙂






Not sure which project is next.  I will see where the sewing mojo takes me.  Happy sewing everyone!

23 Responses leave one →
  1. Dilliander permalink
    April 25, 2011

    Wow, great dress, glad your sewing mojo has returned! The photo of you and Katie together is lovely.

  2. April 25, 2011

    Yours is way nicer than the pattern envelope . It’s a great colour way on you . Your little girl is beautiful in hers too !

  3. April 25, 2011


  4. April 25, 2011

    Looks great! I agree, excellent work dress. 🙂

  5. April 25, 2011

    Your new dress is fabulous – a real winner! I love that delicious fabric – the print and colour are just beautiful, what a find (it’s so great to have a friend like Carolyn to pick up some fabric shopping for you). You have to make at least one more of this dress – the style definitely suits you.

  6. April 25, 2011

    Ok, Ok, I’m going to buy this pattern. Sheesh, all you people sewing up cute dresses. I’ve been convinced!

    This looks amazing on you, by the way. Now I REALLY want one.

  7. A Sewn Wardrobe permalink
    April 25, 2011

    I absolutely adore your fabric choice. It reminds me of a Milly knit at Elliot Berman that I’m still regretting passing on.

  8. Margo permalink
    April 25, 2011

    That dress looks fantastic on you! I think I have to get this pattern now. 🙂 Katie looks adorable in her dress. You both look great!

  9. Lindsay t permalink
    April 25, 2011

    Love this on you, E!

  10. April 25, 2011

    You look absolutely gorgeous in these photos! Beautiful dress and that print is so happy.

  11. April 25, 2011

    This looks fantastic 🙂

    Worth the stress, right?!

  12. April 25, 2011


    Love Katie modeling her cute new frock, too. 🙂

  13. April 25, 2011

    Elizabeth your dress looks fab on you – and that draped neckline really suits you too. Great job!

  14. April 25, 2011

    Elizabeth your dress is beautiful. Love the fit and the print. I have just got to get a round to making it too.

  15. Rosie permalink
    April 25, 2011

    E – you and Katie look great! The color is great for you!

  16. April 25, 2011

    Okay I shoulda carried more fabric for you because this dress is just awesome! I think you should make another one…I know you have some knit fabric! *LOL*

  17. April 26, 2011

    Your dress looks fantastic, a great style and lovely fabric.

  18. April 26, 2011

    Very pretty–The dresses and the models!

  19. April 26, 2011

    Just wanted to let you know we like your version of M6069 so much we posted a link to your blog from our McCall’s Patterns Facebook page. Terrific job!

  20. April 27, 2011


  21. April 27, 2011

    Awesome fabric!

  22. April 28, 2011

    Great looking dress.

  23. August 8, 2013

    It looks fantastic. loving your blog from today…

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