Monday, February 6, 2012

McCall's 6163

Pattern Description:
Close fitting, above mid-knee length knit dress with mock wrap front, gathered at left side, collar with stand, side zipper, and raglan sleeve variations.

Pattern Sizing:
Misses 8 - 16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, the finished garment looks exactly like the photo on the pattern envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The pattern instructions were very easy to follow. The construction is fairly basic, making this pattern an excellent choice for beginners. The only tricky part to the construction was inserting the zipper at the left side where the dress is gathered. I should have followed the advice of other reviewers and omitted the zipper. I will omit the zipper on my next version, which is already cut and waiting to be sewn.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I love the style and the silhouette. The construction is very straight-forward.

Dislikes: I’m not sure why the pattern included a zipper because there’s enough “wiggle” room in the design (especially being sewn in knit fabric) that slipping the dress on and off without a closure is fairly easy. Perhaps if it is sewn in a heavier knit such as ponte or doubleknit the zipper would be needed.

Fabric Used:
I used an ITY knit purchased from I love this print and have enough left over to make a cute top.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made view "A" but omitted the elastic on the sleeve and I made my usual length adjustment. On version #2, I will make an “in seam” adjustment through the shoulder area and omit the zipper.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
As stated earlier, version #2 is already cut and waiting to be sewn and yes, I do recommend it to others-even beginners!!

This is a stylish and fun design that’s easy to wear. It can be sewn quickly with good results therefore a keeper for me. 


  1. You did a fabulous job! I just got this pattern today and have the fabric all cut and ready to go, hope it turns out as great as yours! Good job!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. This dress is truly one of my favorite projects and I plan to make it a few more times :) Send pics of your finished dress.

  2. This is such a beautiful smart looking dress and you did a superb job. Just found your blog on the "Join the Challenge" blog. Haven't started my own sewing blog yet but have a list of favorites that I follow and will be adding yours. So, I look forward to seeing more of what you create.
    Cecil of SewItFits.

    1. Thank you for the compliment I really love this dress and plan to make it again probably in a ponte knit for the fall/winter.