I just love McCall’s 6163 wrap dress pattern for knits (although the pattern envelope is doing it no justice). It’s a close fitting, above mid-knee length dress, with a mock wrap front, gathered at left side, collar, collar band, raglan sleeves, side zipper, sash and stitched hems. There are three sleeve variations offered…elbow length sleeves with ruching, short sleeves and long gathered sleeves with cuff.
I made view A (size 12) with the elbow length sleeves with ruching. I omitted the zipper because it was totally unnecessary in a knit dress. This jersey was purchased online from The Remnant Warehouse
- Don’t need to hem inside edges that will never be seen
- The interfaced side of the collar will be the one that shows.
- Good fit in shoulders and neck, but too snug around the middle.
- The collar makes this dress look dated (according to my loved ones)
|Close up of bodice and sash.|
|Collar and collar band|
|Left side gathers|
The pattern tells you to make a casing for the elastic in the seam allowance. I just sewed some clear elastic directly onto the seam allowance to make the ruching.
|Inside details. After sewing the seams on my machine, I then finished them off on the overlocker.|
|The collar band was finished off with some hand stitching.|
I really liked this dress, so I thought I would give it another try, with a few modifications.
First, I altered the pattern by removing the collar and redrawing the neckline. Then I cut a size 12 in the shoulders and sleeves and increased to a size 14 below the armscyes, to the hem. I finished off the neckline with a knit binding, instead of the collar. For the binding, I followed this tutorial from Art Attack This certainly removed a lot of sewing time. I purchased this jersey from The Remnant Warehouse as well.
|New neckline with binding (no collar)|
|Side View with sleeve ruching|
I am quite pleased with my second attempt at this wrap dress. I have worn it several times already. The modified neckline has made this pattern more fashionable and the tribal print fabric is right on trend at the moment. I love the raglan sleeves, so much easier than setting in sleeves. I would like to try the short sleeve version for the summer.
Well, that a wrap for now (sorry, I couldn’t resist)