Review: McCall's 6744 | An Ethnic Print Summer Dress!

12:45 AM

I've had this pattern for a while and finallly decided to make it.  I'm going to add this one on my list of patterns that I could kick myself for not making sooner.  What's wrong with me? 
This is McCall's 6744, as if you need the number.  It's been reviewed many times.  If you google the pattern number, you'll be dazzled with all of the fabulous versions of this dress.  And versatile it is!
I love the shape of the dress.  It's the perfect design to pair with a great fabric choice in which it doesn't mind taking a backseat and allowing a great print like this one to have the leading role.
My fabric is from Mood Fabrics and it's by the fabulous designer Thakoon.  I've already had a love affair with his prints and this one falls right in line.
As beautiful as this print is, this is a tissue-weight, cotton jersey.  So that meant to me, that it must be lined.  When I posted this on my Instagram and Facebook page, I was surprised as to how many people weren't aware that knit garments could be lined.  Or what fabric to use to line them.  First and foremost, NEVER, EVER line a knit garment with a woven lining!  You'll end up with hurt feelings when your garment that you've put time into constructing will not fit!   Here is the perfect lining for your knits and jersey garments.  And Hancock Fabrics has their lingerie tricot which is also a good option.
I love this little dress.  I know that I'll probably almost wear it out before the weather is cold!

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49 comments

  1. you looked so toned and glowing; but i really love your hair.

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  2. What a beautiful dress. The fabric is perfect.

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    1. Thanks Mother of Reinvention!

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  3. I just made that pattern for my sister (to be blogger very shorty... Once she gets it! ) and loved it! I had 2 yards of peacock feather cotton jersey and was able to cut the maxi dress version in just that! I'm even shorter, and could probably make this pattern full length with less than two yards! Great, easy pattern.

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  4. Great looking dress! Learned the hard way about lining knits, tricot is perfect for lining.

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    1. Same here Linda. I remember the first time I did that! It's a hard lesson to learn! Thanks!

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  5. Very pretty! I love that fabric.

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  6. It's a very pretty dress Erica! Thanks for the lining links. I need some tricot lining so this was timely!

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  7. Super fun dress, Erica! I love the print and didn't know it ran vertically like that.

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    1. It's a really great print! Thanks Amanda!

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  8. That is a beautiful dress.

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  9. Gorgeous dress. I love the way you style your outfits, Erica -- wonderful!

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  10. FABULOUS! I love the style and fabric.

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  11. Love it, Erica! I recently made this same pattern as a maxi for my daughter and she loves it. —Meg

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  12. I guess these same people will be surprised to know you can line lace as well, while still keeping its sheer property for the details that need it. In case someone asks, you use and organza that's the same base colour

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  13. Pretty dress, I love the fabric!

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  14. What great colors! Yeah, I would wear it to death too.

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  15. Love the fabric! It really makes that simple dress stand out! How did you line the dress?It looks like from photos that it is attached at neckline and armholes. What seams did you leave open when you attached the lining? I usually leave open the side seams and CB, but I noticed there isn't a CB for this pattern.

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    1. The bodice is basically underlined. I finished the armholes and neckline with seam binding to prevent stretching. Thanks Rebecca!

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    2. Thanks for the response. Underlining makes sense. I thought there was some sort of magical lining method I didn't know about :)

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    3. No... no magic tricks!

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    4. I think the bagging method could also be used, if you don't want to do a neck and arm hole bindings. It's a little bit more technical but I love the result

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    5. Of course the bagging method would work. But my point was to stabilize the neckline and the armholes. Again, this fabric is tissue-weight.

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  16. Looks amazing on you!! Great job, fantastic!!

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  17. I love your dress and the fabric!! This particular fabric is my favorite of Thakoon's 2012 collection! I wish I knew Mood carried it because I already found a similar fabric to knock off one of the dresses in the collection.
    Pauline
    http://sewuthinkucan.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thakoon is the print master! I wish I could own every single one he uses! Thanks Paulinakoss!

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  18. beautiful fabric for this dress!

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  19. The perfect combination. Lovely!

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  20. Those are really fantastic colours on you. Beautiful!

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  21. You look beautiful! So relaxed, and the outfit is lovely.

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  22. Beautiful! I love the shoes too. I lined a surplice top with thin cotton knit, so it would be cool. I've been tacking sagging lining ever since. I just put in an order for the tricot. Thanks!

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