February 16, 2015

Old dog, new tricks: McCall’s M6884 wrap dress


I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a one-trick pony. Believe it or not, I wear wrap dresses even more than you’d guess from reading this here blog (yes! it’s true!). They really are my uniform, and usually they’re exactly the same, bar the sleeve length and fabric.
However, I thought I should step up and try something new so… here’s a *fixed* wrap dress! I decided to try out Pattern Review’s #3 most popular dress of 2014: the McCall’s M6884 dress. And let’s just say you’ll be seeing a little more… err… Cashmerette than usual:
McCall's M6884 fixed wrap dress
Yep, it’s a plunger! I usually wear my wrap dresses with a camisole because I like the look and it’s work-friendly but I thought I’d try this one without. As suspected, it’s date-night not day-at-desk.
I made it using the rest of the birdie jersey from my StyleArc Demi Drape top, which does cover up the style lines a bit in these photos. To be a bit clearer, I made view C of the technical drawing below – it’s got a ruched side and the ties meet on the side rather than going all the way around like a traditional wrap dress. There’s no waist seam, which I like, and the length is fairly short (I’m 5’6″) – I would potentially lengthen it by an inch or two next time.
McCall's M6884 fixed wrap dress
It was pretty easy to make, although I did do a different process than the instructions. They suggest going back and forth between hemming and finishing the edges and constructing seams, but because I use a convertible serger and coverstitch I wanted to batch the tasks together. So first I did all the edges and hemming, and once that was done, I did all the seams.
McCall's M6884 fixed wrap dress

I like the end result, although I’m not sure I like it more than my usual heavily hacked Christine JonsonΒ wrap dresses. Still, good to have some variety!

McCall's M6884 fixed wrap dress

Have you made this dress, or any of the other Pattern Review top patterns of 2014? Would you add any more to their list?

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55 thoughts on “Old dog, new tricks: McCall’s M6884 wrap dress

  1. Linda says:

    Nice dress, very much a date night not desk day dress.

    1. Linda says:

      I forgot I made one of the 2014 Best Patterns, #1 and made the McCall’s knit dress that got hnorable mention.

  2. I’m making pattern alterations on McCalls 6163 and am trying to avoid showing too much cleavage.

    1. Jenny says:

      Same problems for the busty among us!

  3. Mrs. Smith says:

    I did make this dress, straight from the envelope, and it was much more vavavoom than I was bargaining for! πŸ™‚

    But I envision the sleeveless maxi length as a sexy vacation dress. I have a perfect ITY knit for it.

    This looks amazing on you. So flattering (teeheehee–ok, I’m a silly one. I admit!). Seriously, it looks great and it is nice to have a little variety and it’s nice that this is a faux wrap so no risk of malfunctions.

    1. Jenny says:

      Ah, so I’m not the only one. The sleeveless maxi one looks lovely, though I read on Pattern Review that some people found it restrictive to walk in, so probably best to muslin first.

  4. olaf78 says:

    Um. This is super sexy on you. Uh huh.

  5. Jo says:

    Handled with humour, as usual!

    Apart from the slightly daring neckline, I can’t see any problem with wearing this to the office. Many wrap dresses (shop-bought or handmade) are revealing without the extra layer of a cami. The DVF classic style is pretty striking in that respect.

    I always wear a cami or full slip with dresses, but I have worked in some very conservative places and cautious outfit choice becomes a habit. I made my first two wrap dresses, this year (Vogue 8379) and was surprised to see the wrap completely covered the cami and stayed in place all day. I recommend that to people who like a higher crossover on the wrap. It wasn’t a top item on PatternReview this year but I think it has been, in the past. I haven’t tried making a faux wrap, yet. This pattern is one of those on my wish list although I’m starting to wonder how many dresses I really need and whether to make umpteen more wrap dresses now that I’ve found a pattern I like!

    Of the PR top items for 2014, I’ve made the Lady Skater dress. My first knit, and the first dress I made. (And the second and third.) Very good for beginners because it has step-by-step photos. I recommend it for anyone new to knit fabrics, as a confidence-boosting project.

    1. Jenny says:

      Yes, I think it’s somewhat inevitable that I need a cami until someone starts drafting for an H cup πŸ™‚ I haven’t tried the Lady Skater, but I’ve seen a lot of great ones on other people.

      1. Deepika says:

        Jenny, this dress looks fabulous on you. Since you’re the queen of Wrap dresses, I though I’d mention the Wrap Dress Project on PatternReview. Catina just posted two beta sizes if you want to test it out. She also posted super helpful FBA instructions. http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/89073

        1. Interesting, thanks for sharing! Unfortunately I don’t fit in the beta sizes but I’ll be sure to keep a look out when it launches

  6. Meg says:

    Wow, this looks pretty amazing on you! I was considering buying it after seeing it on the PR top ten list, too.

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Meg! I think it would look smashing on you too.

  7. Sophie-Lee says:

    I will admit my envy, as somehing that looks so va-va-voom on you would look very ho-hum on me! You look gorgeous, and I agree it’s probably a bit more date-night than work-day (but I try to cover up a bit at work – nothing worse than getting mildly lecherous comments from patiens – it has happened before!)

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks, Sophie-Lee! i’m not actually sure I’d even have the nerve to wear this on a date, but we’ll see…

  8. Marta says:

    You look absolutely amazing in this dress! I’m going to put this pattern on my wish list πŸ˜‰

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Marta! It’s a pretty good pattern

  9. Laura (lap) says:

    I love how bodacious this is on you. Not just the cleavage, (which is a treat) but the fit on hips and behind is really attractive. I definitely have to examine this for a sheath dress. I can manage a boob tarp for daytime wear…

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks, Laura! It’s definitely very…. curvy.
      And BOOB TARP!!! Love it.

  10. Threadie says:

    I think this dress is really lovely on you !!
    I’m more a fan of Vogue 8379, but I’m thinking to try the Kate wrap dress from Style Arc.

    1. Jenny says:

      I think the Kate one definitely looks interesting!

  11. You look a million dollars! Wraps are really your ‘thing’ and I think this one is particularly fabulous.
    I nearly made this but made Butterick 6054 at the last minute as it was a true wrap – although if you try that one just know there is a WAD of pleats at the waist which is very hard to sew through!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks! I don’t love waist pleats on wrap dresses so I’ll probably give that one a miss, but I’m sure they look great on others.

  12. Bunny says:

    This looks awesome on you. Yup, you’d have my workplace talking but the plunge is very attractive and perfect for date night. I like the length and you rock it so don’t worry about it being too short.

  13. GORGEOUS!!!! though i know it must be a hassle too, it must be fun to have cleavage…;)

  14. tanyamaile says:

    Yep, that’s your sexy date night dress!! Vavavoom!! πŸ˜‰

    I just love that fabric and that pattern looks awesome. I can see why it’s a winner. Make more!!

    1. Jenny says:

      Now I just need to find myself a date πŸ™‚

  15. puu says:

    i think you look wonderful!! just to show the differences in taste, not only do i think that dress is fabulous and flattering…i would totally wear it to work. different strokes, right? wherever you wear it, wear it with pride!

    1. Jenny says:

      Ha, well if you workedin a tech firm with lots of teenage boys you might feel a little differently πŸ™‚ But I am wearing it to work today, with a cami!

  16. I love it – you really are inspiring me to add a knit wrap dress on my to sew list. (by the way, your demi drape top also made it onto my pintrest inspiration board after lurking in my subconscious for a few days- I am just waiting to see if I am inspired by any of next months new Style Arc patterns before I order)

    If you are interested in trying a woven wrap dress I have had success with New Look 6674 – as it has both a waist and bust dart it can accommodate a RFBA – I am a GG cup, so I understand the issues.

    1. Jenny says:

      You should do it! I live in knit wrap dresses πŸ™‚

  17. Tiffany says:

    You look gorgeous!

    1. Jenny says:

      Love YOU Mrs Extraordinaire

  18. V says:

    First, that looks absolutely amazing on you! I’ve been lusting after your collection of wraps for quite a while, to the point where I even bought some navy polka dot ITY with the intent of making a wrap dress out of it. Notice the word “intent” there? Knit wrap dresses appear to be my bogey monster. Did you see that McCall’s is doing a wrap dress sew-along? I immediately thought of you when I read about it. πŸ˜€

    1. Jenny says:

      You should definitely hunker down and make it- you’ll never look back! I did see that sewalong – I did my own on the Curvy Sewing Collective a while back πŸ™‚

    2. V says:

      I broke down and bought two wrap dress patterns, the lovely one you made up here (talk about serious intimidation right up front!) and Butterick 5030. I just have to decide which one to make first…and finish up my denim skirt.

  19. Holy moly, Jenny. This dress looks so smoking hot on you! I can see how it’s not exactly work appropriate without a camisole, but that’s one heck of a date night dress. Love it. You are truly the queen of fabulous wrap dresses!

    1. Jenny says:

      Why thank you! *regal wave*

  20. lynbromley says:

    Love the style. I’m a big wrap dress wearer too and have just gone back to sewing and have already made up two of the Vogue DvF wrap dresses. I have just been given a copy of a fixed wrap dress – New Look K6123, so will let you know how I get on with that. I love your dress – it looks fab on you and great for a date night!

    1. Jenny says:

      Oh i’m so jealous that you have the original pattern! I’ve looked for it but not found it – though I’d be pretty outside the size range anyway.

  21. Sylvie says:

    I love how the ties meet at the side! It gives a nice swoopy ruching look to it. Hot stuff!

    1. Jenny says:

      Yes it’s a nice feature of the pattern, and thanks!

  22. You beautiful! Great job! I’m so glad you posted about this pattern because I was thinking about making it- and now I definitely will.

  23. Wonderful job! Love that print too.

  24. Val says:

    Love this wrap dress on you very flattering. Nice fabric too.
    Thank you Val:)

  25. Hannah Swain says:

    That looks gorgeous! πŸ™‚ Did you need to do a FBA on it?

  26. Katie says:

    This looks great! I have some striped fabric that feels perfect for this cut…

    How is the sizing on this pattern? I work mostly with Burda patterns, so I’m fairly aware of what alterations I need there – usually a little more room in the hips and bust and sometimes adjustment of the bodice length because I’m short. Did you have to adapt it much?

  27. jenonlife says:

    This pattern looks fabulous on you! I have a similar shape body (although I am 5’10”) and I was wondering if you had an tips on how to make the bust a little less ‘voluptuous’ I have made wrap dresses before and just made the bust part larger but it has always gaped. Any tips would be great!

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