McCalls M6886: A study in pink

Hello everyone!

After a resounding success with my last M6886 made for Christmas 2016 (link here), I immediately set to work on the next one. You see, its so easy and quick to make.

I had some pink ponte bought for £2/m at Leeds outdoor market. I am not normally a pink person but I wanted to experiment and see if I could make something in pink that I would like.

Before cutting the fabric I did a swayback adjustment of 1.5″ to reduce the puddling on the small of my back. I used Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting book for instructions. Once cut out and sewn up I decided to break the colour a bit by giving it some borders. Enter the neck band and sleeve ends in black jersey. For sewing the neck band I used the technique I learnt while making my Lady Skater dress.

I really quite like the effect of the contrast bands. Took the dress from something I might wear occasionally to something I will definitely wear – it makes me feel like I have got moxie :-).

I finished the hems with a 2.5mm twin needle. While we are on the subject of twin needles: I have conquered that beast and can whip up a hem in no time at all. Boom! Just leveled up !

McCalls M6886
Pink M6886 worn with my black M6844 cardigan
McCalls M6886
McCalls M6886

I love the contrast sleeve bands. Can you tell why I need a walking foot?

I am not sure the swayback adjustment worked all that well but I am not bothered. I am happy with it.

Twin needled….like BOSS!!!

I have many more plans for this pattern – My next one will be  a v neck in the longer style. Am thinking in grey..maybe sleeveless…

I do believe this pattern has solidly made it into my TNT hall of fame 🙂 Welcome M6886!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs! I will be back very soon with another completed project.

Happy sewing until then.






34 thoughts on “McCalls M6886: A study in pink

  1. Ms. Sassy Thang!! I think the addition of the black trim really helps toughen up what could have been a very “girly” dress. (Nothing wrong with girly, though!)

    I need to demystify this whole twin needle thing. I’ve been scared to try it even though I know it would make my life easier. It’s funny, I’ll do just about anything but twin needles creeps me out, LOL.

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    1. Twin needles are too bad (I say after taking nearly 2 years to learn them) so mmmm yeah take your time. Thanks for the sassy comment – i was looking for a word to describe how this dress feels and sassy is just right😃

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  2. That pink looks great on you and with the addition of the black contrast bands, it is an amazing garment. In fact, so much better than the pattern envelope.


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