Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Palmer/Pletsch Knit Drape Neck Dress - McCall 6282

Hello Friends!

Today's review is on McCall 6282 dress, View D with 3/4 sleeves, finished a few weeks ago.

This is an easy dress to sew. It is a no fuss wardrobe staple that can be easily dressed up or down. McCall's describes it as: MISSES' LINED TOP AND DRESSES: Straight, hip length, lined top A, above mid-knee length lined dresses B, C, D have front high or low cowl, side and back gathers, sleeves in two lengths or sleeveless and optional back invisible zipper; top A has three-quarter length unlined sleeves; dress D has unlined, above elbow length sleeves. It comes in a variety of sizes; 8- 22.

The photos and drawings are very good representations of how the dress looks when it's sewn.  The instructions were pretty standard for a Palmer/Pletsch pattern. One of my favorite aspects about the pattern itself. It has all the alteration lines drawn on the pattern pieces. I also like:
  • The dress is lined and the drape has a front self facing.  So the lining does not roll to the outside of the dress.  \
  • Ruching along the waist.  It looks better on me than other dresses with the ruching along the side of the torso. 
  • I like the recommended FBA for this pattern.  It ends up with a bust dart, but the drape does not appear to be increased.  
I used a medium knit with assorted fibers from Vogue Fabrics.  It has 30% stretch. 

I made my usual alterations:

  • FBA (less than I normally make). 
  • Sway back and broad shoulder (resulting in a small dart at the shoulder).
  • Added about 2" to the length.
  • No zipper added to the center back.
I recommend this pattern to others and may make it again.  It's easy and comfort.  And once you have the fit down pat, why not use the pattern again.  It is a good pattern to beef up your work gear.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Love this dress on you, Cennetta. You did a lovely job, as usual.

  2. It looks fantastic on you and I love that fabric!

  3. That looks great on you! A beautiful wardrobe staple.

  4. You look gorgeous in this beautiful dress! Love the fabric.

  5. That is a stunning dress and looks fabulous on you.

  6. This is a gorgeous dress! I didn't realize that the pattern was lined- that's a nice feature.

  7. This is lovely! It's such a flattering shape!

  8. Gorgeous dress, love the fabric and it fits you perfectly. Great job!

  9. Perfect style - it suits you so well and is beautifully sewn.



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