Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lace Trimmed Maxi Dress

For a recent round of sewing lessons, I used some new patterns. I have a fallback set of patterns that I use and am familiar with, but my students missed the sale. I had to find some replacements that met the criteria of skills I want to teach. I needed something with a wide range of sizes including Plus and could be sewn with minimal supervision. The maxi dresses in McCall's 6558 fit the bill. My students chose the view they wanted to make and I guided them along when they needed it. 

The lesson was a success and the students loved their dresses. They made the top in view A, and dresses in view E. Here, I will review the dress in view E that I made.
Pattern Description:
Pullover tops and dresses have elasticized neck/raised (seamed) waist, and narrow hem. A and B: sleeveless. B: applied hem ruffle. A and C: purchased trim. C and D: front and back extend into sleeve (wrong side may show). D: side slits and purchased trim for shoulder strap. I sewed view E

Pattern Sizing:
8 to 24W  I made an 8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with the exception of the lace trim I added.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very Easy

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I used this pattern in a lesson and liked how easy it was to sew. My students followed it with no problem. There were no dislikes.

Fabric Used:
I used a cotton blend from the Lisette Line sold at Joann’s fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added three strips of  lace to the bodice.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely recommend this pattern and will make this again

This pattern is great for whipping up a quick and stylish dress with little effort.

Happy Sewing!


  1. It is so lovely! I just bought this pattern and am trying to decide what size to make. My measurements make me a 12, but I know how these patterns are. I am normally a size 4 in RTW. Do you mind telling me your measurements and/or RTW size? It looks amazing on you!!

    1. Thanks Lauren! I am a 6 in RTW. I would normally cut a 10/12 in pattern sizes depending on the ease allowed or fabric choice. For this dress, I didn't want too much gathering because of the added lace and density of this fabric. When I make it again, I will go with a 10 or 12 to have it gather more, especially if my fabric is really lightweight. I hope that helps!