McCall’s M6355 Palmer and Pletsch Dress


Pattern Description:

This pattern is a dress, tank top, and sleeved top shell with fitting instructions, designed by Palmer and Pletsch, who are known for their books and DVDs about fitting patterns.  There are alteration lines on the pattern to make doing full bust, high round, broad and sway back, sleeve and shoulder adjustments easy.

Pattern Sizing:

Size 8-16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, the instructions were very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the flexibility in the pattern. For example, there are front and back waist darts that are optional. I chose to not put them in, so that I wouldn’t have to put a zipper in.

Fabric Used:

100% polyester knit from the Annex at Mill End Fabrics in Milwaukie, OR, which is my favorite fabric store in Portland!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I started with a size 10 up top, and grading down to a size 16 at the hips. I also added lace at the neckline for a bit of interest.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I would sew this again, because this is such a solid basic pattern. You can make a tank dress, long sleeved dress, tank top, etc. I would add the waist shaping darts, and a back zipper, and perhaps make it out of a woven fabric.

Here, you can see that my dart point is too high, and that I also have too much material in my center front. So some alterations are definitely needed to make this a better fit.


About Karen

Karen first took sewing classes in middle school, but took a break until her husband bought her a sewing machine a few years back. Her MIL taught her how to quilt, and recently, she started making clothes again. Karen is taking sewing classes at Portland Sewing. She took Beginning Sewing 1 2 and 3 in summer 2011, Patternmaking 1 and 2 in Fall 2011, and is currently taking Textiles.

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