Instant gratification : Mccalls 6559

As you all know, I am currently working on a serious project, one which will only get on the machine in about a weeks time. In the meantime though, I wanted to sew a quick and fun thing, one which does not involve any major calculations. A quick fix if you will. I decided to try the Mccalls 6559 maxi dress pattern. This pattern is quite similar to one of my all time fave patterns, the Mission Maxi. They are literally the same dress, the only difference being the racer back of the mission Maxi is smaller than that of the McCalls pattern. Oh, and the McCalls pattern is easier to sew. Instead of a neck and armhole binding used in the Mission Maxi dress, this one just asks you to fold the fabric over and do a narrow hem. Easy peesy.

I had seen a couple of black and white maxi dresses on pinterest, so when I saw this fabric, I knew exactly what I was going to make with it.

I even managed to match the strips. Yay me!

I bought this fabric from Fabric House in Goldhawk road. I normally don’t buy from there but I am glad I went there. I really love this jersey. It is so soft, it feels like it has some bamboo content, but I could be wrong. It is cheap as well, retailing for £3.50/metre. I got the last 1.5m on the roll so I made him give me for the price of a metre. Hagglers rule!

There is really nothing much to say about the construction of the dress. It is just a really simple dress, with only two pattern pieces cut on the fold. A really easy project for anyone looking to try their hand at sewing with knit fabric. We are still having some sunshine here in the UK, so I know I shall be rocking this dress for another month or two, before the sun decides to retire from whence it came.

Right, I better get back to my lace dress now. Expect to see one or two really quick makes over the coming weeks, as well as the multi coloured dress I am making for the Minerva Craft bloggers network. I suppose I should start thinking of autumn sewing now…eeek….I want summer to last forever.



  1. August 10, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    That fabric is just perfect for this simple style maxi! Love it!!!

  2. August 10, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    Looking killer, Dibs. Loving the dress and your hair.

  3. August 10, 2013 / 10:14 pm

    This looks fab Dibs, and love the hair!

  4. August 10, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    Awesome dress. I have that pattern too but have yet to find fabric I want to sew it with.

  5. August 10, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    Great dress, and great work on the stripes!

  6. August 11, 2013 / 2:43 am

    Really, really cool! Your stripe matching is so perfect! Love this look!

  7. August 11, 2013 / 2:58 am

    Yay for matching stripes!! So on point with the trend.

  8. August 11, 2013 / 3:52 am

    That's awesome matching of the stripes! Love the different stripes going down the dress, I'm keeping an eye out for a fabric like this, it's so cool 🙂

  9. August 11, 2013 / 8:07 am

    This looks great Dibs! Great fabric choice for this pattern and amazing stripe matching! Fabric House is becoming one of my favourites on Goldhawk Road, the guy who owns it is really helpful!

  10. August 11, 2013 / 8:39 am

    What a fab dress! I love the fabric, and wowzers to the stripe matching!

  11. August 11, 2013 / 9:50 am

    It looks brilliant on you and superb stripe matching lady!!
    What a fab material too!
    Great haggling skills on Goldhawk Road – I live in London and still haven't yet made the pilgrimage to the fabric shops. I think I need a summer trip. Any tips on which fabric stalls / shops are the best?

  12. August 11, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Great dress and great fabric! Too bad it was the last of the roll! 😉

  13. August 11, 2013 / 11:29 am

    Wow!! I love your choice of fabric, the way it changes from white to black is so cool. I received this pattern as part of the Spring Sewing Swap hosted by Kestrel Makes and will be making it when Summer arrives. I hope I can find a fabric as cool as yours 🙂

  14. August 11, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    Beautiful job there. I've got something similar planned. You're inspiring me to get a move on and get it done!

  15. August 12, 2013 / 8:06 am

    That is one sweet quick fix of a dress! And hurrah, I can comment again having binned Bloglovin 🙂

  16. August 12, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    Looking gorgeous! The fabric is perfect, it works so well with the simple shape of the dress.

  17. August 13, 2013 / 12:54 am

    Perfection – in both the fabric match to the dress and the dress on you! Am absolutely loving this 🙂

  18. August 14, 2013 / 2:58 am

    I'd love a post about what you're planning for fall/winter. I'm looking for some good, cozy projects. Love the dress 🙂

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