McCall’s 6278 Vlisco Print Dress
The Goal: Well over a year ago I ordered six yards of Dutch wax print fabric. It seems like for awhile my friends and I all fell head over heels for Vlisco’s lovelies after following Cathy’s Treadling in Benin blog.
The pattern: McCall’s 6278, which appears to be already out of print even though it’s only a couple years old. The only other make I’ve seen has been Closet Case File’s stunning red and silver version.
But man! Those points! I’ve sewn pointy points before but these ones at the hips take the cake. Afterward, I realized what I should have done was fold under the seam allowances on the side pieces, layer it on top of the printed fabric, and topstitched. All those side pieces are topstitched down anyway (seam allowances are pressed toward the side inserts) and I could have avoided unnecessarily snipping my seam allowances on the printed fabric.
The Changes: Other than letting out the side seams at the hips, not much. I ditched the full lining (this pattern wants you to fully line the interior exactly the same as the exterior so technically you could make this dress reversible if you so desired. I finished all my seams and added a neck facing instead.
It fits well enough. A wee bit tight in the bum and I’m sure this dress could have used a sway back adjustment (although looking at these pictures, perhaps I don’t need one) but it’s not a huge issue. The back neck gapes a tiny bit but only I would probably notice it. Also, the front neck is a little high but not a deal-breaker.