Thursday, June 7, 2012

McCall's 6559--- The Popular "Tank Dress"

I'm telling you everyone is sewing this dress!!! I've enjoyed seeing all the varieties out there. This was on my sewing plan and I'm happy I got around to it because it doesn't disappoint. Such a fun and easy pattern and just perfect for warm weather. I'm wrapping up 3 other garments right now (feels like a sweat shop over here) and I plan to make 2 more tank dresses. I love when a simple pattern yields fabulous results and let's me showcase pretty fabric.

Ok, here's my review.....

McCall's 6559

Pattern Description:
Tank dress

Pattern Sizing:
I bought a 14 and up since that's the only one they had in the store. It was easy to grade it down to a 12. After trying it on I ended up taking in the bodice at least another size or so and I took out about 1" out of the shoulder straps.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

(Back View)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, yes, and yes!!!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Nothing to dislike. Only 2 pattern pieces! Super easy!

Fabric Used:
Some poly knit. I think it has some rayon in it. It's only has a crosswise stretch and is a tad bit sheer. I think it's part of the Jo-Ann's tribal collection. Bought it a few months agao.
(the fabric)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I mentioned some above.
1. Took bodice side seams in for snugger fit.
2. Took up shoulder 1"
3. Added 2-3" for length. I'm 5"9 and usually do this. The pattern is quite long otherwise.
4. I made my own binding. Cut 2" width (didn't have to do bias since it stretches anyway) and and as long as I needed it. I made binding for both the neckline and armholes. My knit was too lightweight to not have a binding of some sort.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've already got fabric for 2 more. Hope to knock out by the weekend:)

(Me and my "Wee-One". Her last day at Pre-K is tomorrow. She's growing up so fast (sniff, sniff)

Exceptional pattern!!! Definitely a winner for the year. Just see all of the other reviews!!!  That speaks for itself!!!!


  1. That's a cute dress. if I didn't already have the Mission Maxi pattern, I would've bought this one.

    1. I know Erica! I was about to get the MMP (I LOVED your version) but McCall's stepped it up:)

  2. Absolutely Lovely! I think I am the only one who doesn't own this pattern! Yours is so nice!

  3. You chose a great fabric for this version! Lovely!

  4. I love it, looks very nice on you!

  5. Cuteness for sure! I wouldn't mind one of those. This coming from a gal who still does not own a dress LOL :O)... I really like it. ... Your wee one is adorable.

  6. luv, luv, luv, great fabric choice!

  7. That is so nice on you! And 2 pattern pieces-perfect afternoon project.

  8. I love your dress. I've been planning to make one but I think you just inspired me.

  9. I love this on you, you did a fine job on it and I love love love the material

  10. That is the pattern of the season. Yours looks terrific. In style and always cool and comfortable in hot, summer sun.

  11. Really great dress!!! I bought this fabric on Mother's Day weekend and had plans to make a maxi dress or skirt with it, too. After seeing it in a dress, I just might have to make it! Thanks for sharing!

  12. This looks fantastic on you! You chose just the right sort of print fabric too. I think this pattern looks a lot like the Jamie Christina Mission Maxi.

  13. I just made the Jamie Christina mission maxi for my daughter out of the sane fabric you've used here! Love your version, too!

  14. I love your funky fabric! I'm happy to see another positive review. As soon as it goes on sale, I'll be whipping one up!

  15. Lady, you look cool and refreshed in your new maxi. You and everyone else have had some great summer maxis using this pattern. I must grab a copy. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Hi Victoria -

    This is really cute. Love, love the fabric choice. It really works! You've been busy knocking out some cute dresses!

  17. I like it on you! I am definitely going to give it a shot!

  18. u look great with this pattern ..ur daughter look lovely too...i think want to make it 1 for me and..wearing with cardigan...such a lovely dress...


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