October Sewing Challenge – Jane’s Results: McCalls 6346

M6346 Collage

When Jamie threw down the gauntlet to use a fabric you’ve been hanging onto a longtime, I knew this was the push I needed to finish/redo my failed attempt with Cynthia Rowley’s Simplicity 2406


Picking the correct pattern for my body type has often been a difficulty for me.  I am the hourglass body type.  According to a new favorite book, The Pocket Stylist by Kendall Farr, the dresses for my body-type should be “nipped-waist sheaths, tank dresses, bias, wrap dresses and strapless” (p. 29).  Well – I am never going to wear a strapless dress but I feel she is spot on for everything else.  (I would also include A-line dresses.)


I purchased this fabric from Colorado Fabrics back when it was still doing business as Denver Fabrics – a couple of years ago.  I fell in love with the bright geometric print with the tiniest of silver threads shooting through it.  After much deliberation of which pattern to use I decided this summer to use Simplicity 2406.  I thought lack of shaping would best set off the fabric.  Boy – was I ever wrong.  I forgot shapeless sacks do not work well with my body-type.  (See above.)


I eventually decided to remake it using McCalls 6346, view D.  I had made this one last summer.  It was such a success.  I counted it as one of my top five patterns of 2013.  I *love*love*love* my blue gauze housedress and would wear it every day if I could.  It is so comfortable and forgiving. 

The fabric is a synthetic polyester blend.  I underlined the torso pieces with a nude silk charmeuse (also from Colorado Fabrics).  I cut a size 12 at the bust grading it out to a 14 at the hips.  It was a bit snug through the waist so I let out one of the two sets of fish-eye darts in the back.  I also omitted the keyhole in the neckline and the elastic in the sleeves.


I made this without a zipper so it comes together very quickly.  The most time consuming portion was gathering the three panels for the flounce.  And all seams are finished with french seams. 


I am so pleased with how this dress turned out.  With the silk underlining it really feels like I am wearing pajamas.  I can’t wait to make another version.  This is definitely a great wardrobe building dress.  And depending on the type of fabric you use you can wear this for all occasions: home, work, or parties.

Do you have a favorite pattern you were surprised by how much you liked?



  1. You do amazing work. You’re advanced. Totally. I love your FS. Mine aren’t as straight as yours they’re kind if wavy. The dress tho seems more like a cocktail dress to fancy just for the house.


  2. I love this fabric, Jane! You look fabulous in blue… I assume it’s a woven, not a knit? As usual, your inside finish work is absolutely perfect! Looking at your garments always makes me want to make the inside of my projects as clean as the outside. Thanks for being an inspiration to improve my sewing!


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