Review: McCall's 6460 | They Call it Mellow Yellow!

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As you all probably know by now, I love yellow.  I mean I can't get enough of it.
I'd found this great yellow lace at Hancock and bought it on sight.  I knew before the summer was out that I'd find something to do with it.  Then I saw this cute Karen Millen dress:
Bingo!  I was inspired.  
The bodice is what stood out to me, because I knew I'd seen a similar pattern somewhere.  Then I started my search.  That's when I found McCall's 6460.  It was perfect!
This pattern worked best for me because even though fuller skirts like the inspiration dress are cute (and look adorable on my daughter), I prefer sheath style dresses.  But it still captured the spirit of what I had in mind.
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I didn't have to make an FBA, because this is one of those cool patterns that offer bra cup variations.  You pick the size that you would normally cut and your cup size.  Simple!  After that, I made my normal lengthening alteration.  
And since I'd seen a really cute dress with a lace inset in the back and a keyhole opening, I decided to take "creative licensing" and add one.  
By me choosing to use a lace fabric, I had to add a lining.  The pattern did not suggest one.  I used a lightweight broadcloth.
This is a great pattern that I could see myself making again and one that I highly recommend!

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80 comments

  1. Stunning! The dress lines look fabulous on you, and I really love the key hole at the back. I'm definitely adding this Mccalls patterns to my wishlist - thanks for the inspiration :)

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  2. Absolutely beautiful. You look amazing in this yellow, lace dress. Great styling too.

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  3. Yellow certainly suits you and the dress looks fabulous on you - I really like that pattern too I too mya have to add it to my wish list.

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  4. Love it! The keyhole opening in the back is a nice little detail. Pretty, and fun!

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  5. Gorgeous! You look so good in yellow! I love the lace keyhole detail you added at the back. Great work.

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  6. Hi Erica

    I have been following you for some time now and I love everything you have made! They all look RTW and this yellow piece is just my favourite! I have this pattern coming to me soon and I am so inspired by your version!

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  7. Eek! So cute! You look great in yellow-- no wonder you love it so much! I love the keyhole opening and the unlined detail at the shoulders. Great job!

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  8. Gorgeous! The keyhole opening in the back is my favorite part.

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  9. you are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing all your gorgeous looks! Even though I am a silent reader, I check your blog regularly and it never disappoints! Great stuff. Greetings grom Germany!

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  10. This dress and look is so fresh and elegant! It's a treat to see your interpretations of designer styles and patterns, and how you style and accessorize them.

    Thank you!

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  11. Stunning. Love the back. Business at the front, party at the back as they say.

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  12. You look stunning in that yellow dress and your makeup is also on point. Great job!

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  13. Absolutely fabulous! Great use of two of this season's hot looks, lace and yellow. ...and I'm sure the Mellow Yellow tune is going to stick in my head for at least a week...

    Christiana
    sewamusing.blogspot.com

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  14. You look STUNNING! Absolutely beautiful dress. That pattern was made for you. :)

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  15. Love the dress and how you incorporated your own changes into it!

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  16. Stunning! Yellow is so your color.

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  17. One of my best ever combos; pink and yellow. That dress is so beautiful. Love the lace pattern.

    www.justpatience.com

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  18. Stunning dress. I love the sweetheart neckline on the lining and the keyhole. You look fabulous.

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  19. Knocked it out of the park, Erica!

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  20. Erica,

    This is stunning! I'm buying the pattern now...but wondering is the outer layer one solid piece from neck to hem or is there a seam at top of the bust? Yours looks smooth but the pattern looks like it will be two pieces....would love to know.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Hi Katie,

    Yes, there is a seam at the sweetheart neckline. Thanks!

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  22. Your "copy" is actually better, as is usually the case! Not sure about that yellow being any type of "mellow," though. LOL

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  23. This is gorgeous! You are a huge inspiration to me. I've been reading for some time but never commented. I soak up your posts, though! I have some dark green lace (I don't think I can get away with yellow as beautifully as you can! lol!)and McCall's patterns are on sale right now for $1 at Joann's. Guess what I'm doing this week! :-) Love your style and blog!

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    1. Thanks create share and give!

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  25. Ok, you inspired me to write! That dress is just too cute!

    "Maybe you really just need a good enough reason and the inspiration to forget about the heat and embrace summer in all it's sun-filled glory? Look no further than Erica's D.I.Y. Style blog. Her summer yellow dress is just eye-poppingly gorgeous, I kid you not." http://birminghamfashionblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/feeling-little-blog-love-tonight.html

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    1. Michele, I read your post! Thanks for the love!

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  26. This is beautiful, Erica. With the keyhole back and lace, I was wondering if you sewed in your "foundation garment" on the top, as you did on an earlier dress this summer.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Charl, I didn't have to. This dress is "bra-friendly". The keyhole opening is above my bra band.

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  27. You look absolutely fabulous..

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  28. Great dress on you, Erica! I never noticed that pattern before - will have to add it to my collection.

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  29. Very pretty, Erica. Lovely color and I love the keyhole detail in the back.

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  30. Very cute dress!!!!!

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  31. Hi Erica. Yellow looks great on you and what a gorgeous dress. I love the fabric perfect for summer! Xoxo Gretchen

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  32. I love how you paired this with a pink clutch!! You are always rocking your wardrobe!! :) Loving your hair too, dear...

    CCG
    Ccurlgirl.Blogspot.com

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  33. What a beautiful dress! I really like the neckline, it is different enough to make it unique. I will have to pick up this pattern.

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  34. Beautiful! Like a ray of sunshine!

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  35. I love the added keyhole detail on the back of the dress. Very elegant! I can't wait to meet you at the Belk event!
    Katie- Hems For Her

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    1. Thanks Katie and Ditto!

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  36. Yellow is such a fabulous color on you! What a beautiful dress!

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  37. What the heck! How did I miss seeing you in this. I am all about yellow this summer and don't have anything. You look gorgeous!

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  38. The dress, the colors....wow. Great job! You look fantastic

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  39. Really cute dress, Erica. I've too have been eyeing this fabric. Great project for it.

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    1. They have it in a few more colors. I think I may get at least one more! Thanks Jeanettec!

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