Pink Piped McCalls 6011

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Back last year sometime when I was making Simplicity 2444 I found the sewing blog Bernie and I.  Bernie and I kept popping up on goggle searches for Simplicity 2444 and Simplicity 2588 (her versions of both are just gorgeous).  While investigating her makes I found another pattern that looked lovely: McCalls 6011.  I’ve had this pattern for a while as a result of being directly inspired by the Bernie and I versions and this week I got around to making it.

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McCalls 6011 Pattern – 3 versions, fully lined dress.

This pattern is extremely simple with minimal pattern pieces – no facings, it is fully lined.  It also has a lovely fit.

It has been an incredibly hot start to spring here in Sydney and I was overcome with an urge to make some simple vintage inspired sundresses to wear for things like the school pick up and running around on a hot day without feeling blah.  I’ve had way too much of the blah of late and one way that really helps
me cope mentally when I am not feeling great is to make an effort with
how I look.

It was drummed into me by my grandmother that “a lady doesn’t go out of the house without being properly dressed” and that is a true aesthetic I find that applies to many people who sew – to be well dressed and not to slop around in rags.  That’s fine for the house but I really do hate it when I see people “out” looking, to quote my grandmother “slovenly”.  I recently read a really interesting discussion on this subject over at a favourite sewing blog Erica Bunker.  We are the same age and although have totally different styles I love this blog for the gorgeous outfits and the very interesting blog posts, plus the general awesomeness that looking and feeling fabulous doesn’t stop after 40.  That is one of the things I love (and miss, even though I wasn’t there) about the vintage spirit – a time when people did dress nicely when outside of the house.  And so yes, I do change out of my gym gear if I am not at the gym and I do change into a dress or nice jeans and a top to do the school pick up.  It’s how I was raised and on the few times I haven’t “bothered” I have just felt sooooo, well, frumpy 40.

Anyway, back to the dress…. I made View C which is the cross over top with no sleeves and piped the waistband and armholes to try and add a pop of colour to a fabric that otherwise I felt washes me out.  It was a gift from my sister-in-law from a trip to Japan and is what feels like a quilting weight cotton, its quite crisp feeling.  I’m not overly fond of it so I decided to use it first in case I made a right royal mash up of it, although now that it is made up I like it much more. 

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Changes/Adjustments to the Pattern:

First version with underbust gathers

The pattern has underbust gathers and generous ease which is fabulous for fuller busted ladies.  As I am an a-cup when I first made this up the gathers just looked wierd and poofy on me as I don’t have enough fullness to fill them out.  I also found the top a bit too low for my liking.

Front bodice adjustments: I also did my standard 3/8″ forward shoulder adjustment. Click to view large version.

I also made some adjustments to the back bodice to adjust for forward shoulders and a rounded upper back:

My back neck gaped quite a bit (I must have a hunch back or something).  Click to view large version.

Once I worked out these adjustments the rest of the dress came together easily. I did a lapped zipper. I didn’t line the bodice (it was feeling too bulky with lining), so I bound the seams instead and added piping to the armholes, which I love (its my first time piping anything – I was inspired by Mel from Scavenger Hunt who uses piping in such beautiful ways).

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I didn’t quite get the piping to match at the back zipper but I have left it as is as that’s ok for a dress I am just planning on wearing to the shops and down to the school, although the sandals I am wearing with it in the photos show that it can be dressed up too.

Some more Construction detail photos (cause I love these details):

  

  

Top left to right:
Unlined bodice, lined waistband and skirt – bound seams in bodice – piping at centre back zipper.
Bottom left to right: 
Lapped zipper –  pinked seams in skirt – bound neckline and back neck darts

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And I couldn’t resist throwing in a little outtake with my 3 year old today.  What a poser.

This dress is another Fall for Cotton make, but I am not sure if it qualifies as it is not a vintage pattern.  Is it a vintage look? I’m not really that sure.

  • How lovely! It’s a great dress and really suits you. I have been missing bernie and I but she just popped up in my reader with a new post so maybe she’s back. Hurrah!

    • Yes, she is back! Hurrah from me too. And thank you.

  • How lovely! It's a great dress and really suits you. I have been missing bernie and I but she just popped up in my reader with a new post so maybe she's back. Hurrah!

  • kathrineb

    Cute dress and so beautifully made! I am so honored by the mention. 🙂 I’m from sydney too so I know what you are talking about! Great weather to wear sun dresses!

    • Yayy Kathrine. I am so glad you are still “around”, Ive missed your blog posts. Thank you very much and thank you for all the inspiration!

  • Cute dress and so beautifully made! I am so honored by the mention. 🙂 I'm from sydney too so I know what you are talking about! Great weather to wear sun dresses!

  • looks brilliant on, fits beautifully and perfect for summer.

  • looks brilliant on, fits beautifully and perfect for summer.

  • Beautifully fitted as always! You look lovely. Whilst I’ve never been a total slob outside the house, I do find myself making a greater effort these days. It does indeed make you feel better about yourself. And check out your munchkin! She’s gorgeous, yay for 3 yr olds!

    • Thanks so much!! Yeah, 3 is an adorable age for sure.

  • Beautifully fitted as always! You look lovely. Whilst I've never been a total slob outside the house, I do find myself making a greater effort these days. It does indeed make you feel better about yourself. And check out your munchkin! She's gorgeous, yay for 3 yr olds!

  • Lizzy

    the fit is lovely – as always. The piping is such a nice touch – always love that stuff!

    • Thanks Lizzy! Piping is my new addiction.

  • the fit is lovely – as always. The piping is such a nice touch – always love that stuff!

  • very cute. i recently played with piping too & loved it. definitely going to pipe more 🙂

    • Me too. Its such a subtle detail but sooo effective when done well. Im working on the “well” part.

  • very cute. i recently played with piping too & loved it. definitely going to pipe more 🙂

  • MarrieB

    The piping is the perfect touch, lovely dress!

  • The piping is the perfect touch, lovely dress!

  • Oh, that is cuuuuuute! That seems like an incredibly versatile pattern that you could use again and again and again. The body of that fabric actually works quite nicely with this design — the skirts falls lovely! Excellent call on the bright piping, too.

    • Thanks Susan. It is a versatile pattern for sure. I’ve already got another version cut out and ready to go! And I am so chuffed about the piping too.

  • Oh, that is cuuuuuute! That seems like an incredibly versatile pattern that you could use again and again and again. The body of that fabric actually works quite nicely with this design — the skirts falls lovely! Excellent call on the bright piping, too.

  • Thanks Susan. It is a versatile pattern for sure. I've already got another version cut out and ready to go! And I am so chuffed about the piping too.

  • Thanks!

  • Me too. Its such a subtle detail but sooo effective when done well. Im working on the "well" part.

  • Thanks Lizzy! Piping is my new addiction.

  • Thanks so much!! Yeah, 3 is an adorable age for sure.

  • Thanks Poppy.

  • Yayy Kathrine. I am so glad you are still "around", Ive missed your blog posts. Thank you very much and thank you for all the inspiration!

  • Yes, she is back! Hurrah from me too. And thank you.

  • Sandra Julian

    Such a beautiful dress – the piping is sooo pretty.

    • Thank you very much. I’ll be doing more piping for sure

  • Such a beautiful dress – the piping is sooo pretty.

  • Doris Button

    I am following the “Fall for Cotton” sew-along as well, and I saw the photos you posted there. I love this dress very much, even though I prefer older patterns (40s and 50s). But it reminds me very much one of my earliest vintage sewing projects – a 70s wrap dress I made some years ago. It looks definitely 70s and vintage! And you will certainly always be dressed in a decent way when you leave house.
    Happy you, you will have a wonderful summer outfit (I’m from Switzerland, and autumn came just these days, the heating’s on…) Doris aka Mrs. Button

    • Thank you very much for the insights I really appreciate it. I think you are spot on about the period. It looks very 70s to me now too.

  • I am following the "Fall for Cotton" sew-along as well, and I saw the photos you posted there. I love this dress very much, even though I prefer older patterns (40s and 50s). But it reminds me very much one of my earliest vintage sewing projects – a 70s wrap dress I made some years ago. It looks definitely 70s and vintage! And you will certainly always be dressed in a decent way when you leave house.
    Happy you, you will have a wonderful summer outfit (I'm from Switzerland, and autumn came just these days, the heating's on…) Doris aka Mrs. Button

  • Thank you very much for the insights I really appreciate it. I think you are spot on about the period. It looks very 70s to me now too.

  • Thank you very much. I'll be doing more piping for sure

  • I absolutely love the details on the inside of your dress. It turned out very lovely!