I bought this pattern at Joann's on Mother's day and I also fell in love with this fabric for Summer. Pastels are everywhere and I really didn't have any in my current wardrobe so I thought that I might as well make this dress out of it. After pre-washing all of the fabric I got down to it and began transferring the pattern to pattern tracing interfacing paper (PTIP) which I buy at Joann's for $2.49/yard.
Here is my Review of the McCall's M6518 Pattern:
Did you like the pattern?
Yes, very much so. There is only one dress to make. Or at least in the picture shown on the front of the pattern, but you could make it without the ruffles, or you could make it into an empire waist shirt, or make it out of a very light fabric, like silk, and get a completely different dress, more flowy, less stiff. It also had pockets, which is a big plus IMO. Oh and the straps are wide enough to hide a bra but not too wide to make me look top heavy. Also the inner lining made it look very expensive. I could turn it around and wear it on that side had it not had the zipper showing on the back!
The pattern sizing was true to size (pattern size). I used the E5 Pattern Size (14-16-18-20-22). It also comes in A5 size (6-8-10-12-14).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The pattern was very easy to transfer on PTIP and also easy to read/follow. The instructions were very clear and would be great for a novice or experienced sewer. It was the first time that I sewed the shoulders this way: hidden inside the straps by opening out the lining at shoulders, pinning the front and back together and stitching in one continuous seam. (tutorial maybe?) The seam then becomes hidden by a slipstitch.
What is the Seam Allowance?
The Seam Allowance is 5/8" throughout the whole project which made it easy to gage on the plate of my sewing machine.
Did you need a serger?
No, the instructions were made for those who do not have a serger, so it kept stating to trim all edges/endings, etc... But since I have Sally (my serger, she's a Singer;) I was able to serge them all. I think it made it look more professional, IMO.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope when you were done sewing it?
It did! Except I decide to go Sans ribbon in the waistline. One, because I really liked the pattern and thought I could wear a belt and the ribbon might not go with many belts. Second, because I wanted to wear it to church and knew it would take me another 10-20 min to put on and it was already late, the night before church. :)
Did you make any pattern alterations or design changes?
No, I didn't have to. It fit perfectly. Oh wait, the only thing I did is not hem the lining. I decided to just serge and that worked just fine.
Notions: I already had a zipper and thread in the colors I needed:) So, $0.
Pattern: $1.99 on sale at Joann's.
How long did it take to make?
2 days, sewing here and there at intervals. I'll say about 7 hours total...
Will you make this pattern again and do you recommend it?
Yes and Yes!!! I loved it, though I might make it in a lighter fabric, something less structured. I'm even thinking of making it in a lace with a silky lining. It would be gorgeous!
What do you think? Do you love it?
btw: I changed my font from Corsiva to this new one. Do you like it?? YES/NO???