Blue Off-the-Shoulder Swing Dress – McCalls 6462


20140901_173550I grabbed this pattern because I love dresses with pockets and it was 99 cents during a big sale at Hancock fabrics! I wasn’t sure about the off the shoulder (I’m still not), but it’s out of print so it was a preventive buy.

  1. The dress was an easy sew but I did have a couple of issues. I don’t think I ever go the sleeves quite right. I wanted them snug enough to be taut but not so tight it feels restrictive. I definitely made it taut enough to stay up, but it still drapes at little when my shoulders are at rest. It doesn’t bother me that much, but I did notice it.
  2. My pockets would lie flat. I’m not sure if I lined the skirt up wrong or if I skipped pressing my seams (which is likely) but they were gaping open. This was also only my second try at pockets.

I did make a few of modifications. I omitted the zipper, only lined the bodice and didn’t hem the skirt. My ponte was pretty stretchy and because I was in a rush while sewing this I didn’t want to bother with the zipper. Next time I will definitely add the zipper for a better fit. I only lined the bodice because ponte is super comfy and thick so I didn’t feel I needed to. I also didn’t have enough lining fabric! My not hemming the skirt was due to my rush and sheer laziness and the fact I hate circular hems. I’m sure I will go back one day and try an blind hem on it.

After buying the pattern I realized I actually had a similar coral and white striped knit to the bottom pick but not enough fabric to make this dress. Somehow I often end up picking the colors on the envelope.
After buying the pattern I realized I actually had a similar coral and white striped knit to the bottom pick but not enough fabric to make this dress. Somehow I often end up picking the colors on the envelope.

McCalls 6462 Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Lined dress has close-fitting bodice extending into straps, side pockets and back zipper. Narrow hem.

Pattern Sizing: 4-12, 12-20

Difficulty: 1/Novice

Fabric Used: Electric Blue ponte from Fabric Mart (sold out) and thin knit turquise lining from local store remnant sale

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. They were fairly straightforward. I’m not sure I did the best job attaching the sleeve to the back, I was rushing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like swing skirts and off the shoulder.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the zipper because my ponte was pretty stretchy and I was in a hurry. If I remake this I would add the zipper. I also didn’t hem it because I hate hemming, especially curved hems, however I’m sure I will one day. I also omitted the skirt lining.

Would you sew it again? Probably not. I do like it, I just don’t need multiple.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes.

Conclusion: I think it turned out good except my pockets don’t lay flat but that was sewer error I’m sure.

Total cost*: $11.89

Pattern                                    $0.99
Blue Ponte   1 yd @ $5.20 = $10.40
Lining                                 = $   0.50

*Ponte was on sale for 35% off $7.99/yd at fabricmartfabrics.com. The lining was a thin knit I got a remnant sale for $0.50 at a local store.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hila says:

    You look gorgeous! That colour and the look go really well.

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    1. frougiefashionista says:

      Thank you! I love this color. I also used it for V1329. I wish I’d bought more.

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      1. Hila says:

        Yeah I am learning to buy at least 3 meters of fabric each time in case it disappears!

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