McCall’s 6713 was a bit of a saga. Let me give you the high (um, low?) points:
1. I made a mild (huge!) error when I basted the front and back bodice to the bodice lining that resulted in me
2. Sewing the left front bodice directly to the back of the dress
3. With a serge stitch.
Yeah. That happened. What did I expect? I can barely put on a faux wrap dress, let alone construct one. But let’s go back to the beginning.
It started out friendly enough, and while I side-eyed this pattern’s “Easy” designation, I was fully on board. A few gathers at the shoulder, some pleats on the skirt drape, no biggie. And so what if I stitched the wrong side of the drape closed? I mean, yeah, I’m clearly playing a little fast and loose with deploying my serge stitch, but if the drape was 1/2″ too narrow on one side, no one was really going to notice. Bygones.
But the bodice. Oh, the bodice. I don’t even know how I did it. I managed to pin the left side of the front wrap to the back of the bodice and serged it. I finish stitching the seam, trim my threads, turn it right side out so I can try it on and… the effing front is stitched to the effing back. Not at the shoulders. At the waist. My dress is not a tube. A person can’t physically get into it. In any way. It’s a disaster.
I spent hours unpicking that seam. With this being an ITY knit, I really can’t believe the fabric survived the ordeal.
- The dress fits! Thank goodness, because I did jack squat in the way of testing it out or trying it on as I went.
- The faux wrap front is well drafted and does not end up being accidentally boobtastic.
- It’s totally work appropriate and not too short. (Edit: 2 years later, it’s shrunk a bit, and I wish it was a couple of inches longer.)
- It’s kind of cute. It looks like something you might find a store.
- The graphic print was really a mismatch for this pattern on my part. The colors and print obscure all the interesting details, including the side ruching and the drape panel on the skirt.
- The shoulder gathering is not dramatic enough. It just looks lumpy.
- It looks like something you might find in a store. My first thought when trying this on was, “Huh. If I found this dress at Ross for $14.99, I probably still wouldn’t buy it.” That’s not a great feeling after spending a whole day bonding with the seam ripper. (I almost typed “seam reaper.” Same difference, right?)
The dress has grown on me, though. The swishy drape is fun, the neckline is very wearable, and knit dresses are just a life-saver on long days. In the end, I would recommend this pattern to people who can read and follow directions and not make stupid, dumbass mistakes. I might even make it again with the full skirted version in a solid color or a much, much, much smaller print.
One more nitpick on this pattern, though: the pleated drape panel. When you are attaching the lined bodice to the skirt, you are sewing through seven layers of fabric. This pisses my machine off. It doesn’t feel overly bulky when you’re wearing it, but the actual sewing? Kind of a struggle, at least for my aging Kenmore. Not the best idea ever.
If I seem noncommittal about McCall’s 6713, it’s because I really am torn. I think this pattern has a lot of potential to be a wardrobe staple, but this particular execution fell a bit flat. I’m pretty sure there’s a German word for what I’m feeling.