Thursday, March 22, 2012

McCall's M6503 1950's inspired dress

Over spring break I decided to embark on a sewing adventure. Well, a sewing adventure for me anyway. I decided to follow a commercial sewing pattern I recently bought (M6503) to the tee, meaning no alterations, no omissions, nothing. Surprisingly what resulted was a wearable dress, and a darn cute one at that! I recently wore it to work and received many a complement and, after telling them I made it, many a question. They were baffled by the fact that a commercial pattern could fit so well. I just chalked it up to luck. The only problem I do have with the dress centers around the sleeves, which is nothing new to me. I have rather large upper arms and tend to have problems fitting into the sleeves of store bought clothing. When I use this pattern again I will definitely alter the sleeves a bit so the raising of my arms will not be restricted.

I was afraid the fabric I chose, or rather the fabric that I was forced to use because it was the only suitable choice in my fabric stash, would be too busy and not to my liking. I was totally wrong. The fabric has a retro feel and looks surprisingly good in dress form. It is bold and unique and I love it! I'm sure I will use this pattern and its different variations in the future.


  1. Nice :) I bought the pattern myself after seeing it on StitchyWitch and have been looking for completed versions to pick up tips from.
    It's good to see that it works in strong fabrics, I've got a sixties mauve floral duvet cover that might become a muslin...

    1. The pattern has not been out long, but I was trying to do the same as far as looking for tips and inspiration. The only examples I came across (and there were only a few) were for the dress version with the neck ruffle and without sleeves. That being said, I kind of dived into this project without much guidance and direction but I am happy with the results. The most problems I had were regarding the collar, which if not traced and sewn exactly as directed will come out all wonky and will refuse to lay correctly. Thanks for the comment!
      P.S. I'm sorry for the dark pictures, one of these days I will post better ones!