Pattern Spotlight: McCall's 6886 Knit Dress

Yay - another installment of 'Pattern Spotlight'!  This week's 'Outfit of the Week' is McCall's 6886 - a knit sheath dress.  It's another really popular pattern, so I've decided to do another 'Pattern Spotlight' post!

On, there are currently 70 reviews of this pattern and 94% of those who rated it gave it a positive rating.  Why is it so popular?  I've had a look at many reviews of this pattern and here's what reviewers really liked:

  • It's quick and easy to sew.  There are only a few pattern pieces to cut out and very few seams.  A lot of sewers seem to be able to finish it - and this includes cutting it out - in under two hours.  I've even seen some saying they managed to go from uncut fabric to a finished dress in under an hour!
  • Along with being easy to sew, many reviewers also find it flattering.
  • It's easy to make multiple versions of this dress (quite a number of reviewers have done so!) and for them all to look different.  You can play around with the different length, sleeve and neckline options, and use different fabrics. 


Here's a few more things I learned reading the reviews:

  • McCall's recommends jerseys, cotton knits, novelty knits and interlock for this pattern.  However, as you'll see in the photo captions below, many sewers have successfully made it up using heavier knits like ponte di roma!  So, it definitely works with thicker, less stretchy knits.
  • If your knit is too thin for your liking, try underlining it with a thinner knit.  This was done really successfully by Vatsla, who has some nice construction pics and tips on her blog.

Ok - now to look at some makes using this pattern! 

Stripes are really popular at the moment and this pattern definitely works well with striped fabrics:

Clockwise from top left-hand corner: MrsCharisma's version in striped ponte; Vatsla's version in a thin striped knit; Ilonka's version in a sweater knit; Margo's version in a striped ponte


Another type of print that really works well are repetitive prints like these:

Clockwise from top left-hand corner: Quana's version in a printed knit; Dinagideon's version in an ITY knit; Mmmberry's version in a ponte; Riva's version in a jersey


Animal-style prints also look great:

Adrienne's version in a sequinned knit; Egreen42's version in ponte


Floral prints also work well:

Jstarr4250's version in a scuba knit; Elizabeth's version in a floral knit


Finally, McCall's 6886 not only looks great in prints, but it also works well with solid-coloured fabrics:

Clockwise from top left-hand corner: MrsCharisma's version in a double knit; Christine K's version in a coral knit; Kelli's version in a ponte; Jstarr4250's version in a stretch terry


Based on these inspiration images, I've chosen some of our fabrics that will work particularly well with McCall's 6886. (Also, just to let you know, I've got some amazing striped pontes coming in in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for these!)  You'll find all the recommendations here.  You can also access this page by going to the 'Make Something!' section of the website. 

Of course, McCall's 6886 is also our current 'Outfit of the Week'!  Based on the inspiration images, I've recommended a few of our jerseys and medium-weight knits.

Inspiration images from here and here 

Inspiration images from here and here 

Inspiration images from here and here 

Inspiration images from here and here 


You can find out more about this week's 'Outfit of the Week' - and see the pattern and recommended fabrics - by clicking here.


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October 11, 2015 by Amy Lloyd
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Manju said:

I have this pattern…yet to sew it up. I guess I am not sure how flattering it will be on me…but there’s only one way to find out!


Elizabeth said:

Thanks for posting my dress!

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