M is for McCall’s 6074

M is for McCall's front

For my 18th Sew All 26a post, the letter M, I chose to sew McCall’s 6074. This pattern includes 3 lengths of sleeveless or cap-sleeved deep V-neckline knit pull-over dresses.

I really like this dress style. The elastic below the bust gives the dress shape – it’s body conscious but doesn’t cling in any of the wrong places. I can see why it has 18 favorable reviews on Pattern Review. It’s easy to sew (no zippers or buttonholes!) and would be a great pattern for a beginning sewer to make, just like 9 of the 18 pattern reviewers stated. Of the remaining 9 reviews, 6 reviewers rated this pattern as highly recommended, 2 said they would recommend it with modifications, and 1 said it’s a great wardrobe builder. 

I did have to modify the pattern a bit, but I wouldn’t say that I only recommend it with modifications. Pattern adjustments I nearly always find necessary aren’t the fault of the pattern drafter, just a reflection of my figure quirks. I modified this pattern by raising the V-neckline about 3/4 of an inch, but I find almost all V-necklines are too low for me. I also removed some width from waist area on the center back seam to adjust for my sway back.

I’m currently making the maxi length, view C version of this dress since I found the knee length version so comfortable to wear. Although the size 14 exactly matches my measurements, I’ve cut out the maxi in a size 12 to see if the 12 will fit with fewer adjustments. My conclusion: McCall’s 6074 is easy to wear and make – I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Many thanks to fellow Denversews blogger Lynne, for taking the photo above.


Hi! I’m Kitty and I adore fabric. I’m not a great seamstress (I would describe myself as an advanced beginner) but I’m passionate about sewing. As much as I love this creative hobby, I have to admit I have lots of sewing fears: buttonholes and zippers come to mind immediately! I’ve taken a few sewing classes but I learn by repetition so it’s practice makes perfect for me, although really I’d settle for just wearable. I’m trying to learn enough about sewing so I’ll be able to make and wear clothing without being asked “did you make that?”


  1. The dress is very pretty. The shape is great! the fabric print hides the gathers in the front. I need to get this pattern because it has no zipper or buttons. I love that fact. I’ll have to get a larger size than you guys! 🙂


  2. I just bought this pattern after I saw yours! It looks fabulous. Let us know how the size 12 works out because I also match a 14 in size, too, but like my fit a little snug.


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