Pattern Spotlight - McCall's 6886
Wanting to make a knit sheath dress? Look no further than McCall's 6886! It's a really popular pattern that has been very well-reviewed: on PatternReview.com, 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, 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.
I've done a massive blog post that includes some of my favourite versions of McCall's 6886 (you'll find some images from this blog post in the collage above!). This pattern was also our 'Outfit of the Week' for 5 October 2015. Using these as a starting point, I've selected some of our fabrics that might work well for sewing up McCall's 6886. My recommendations are below.
In terms of the thickness of the jerseys, the cotton jerseys are thicker than the viscose jerseys. However, the viscose jerseys are drapier than the cotton jerseys. So, which type you choose depends on the look you are going for!
Prices for the fabrics are per quarter metre (0.25 m).