I can’t believe it. The gala is 4 weeks from today, and for the first time ever I’ve finished my outfit well in advance. This year I decided to go for comfort and ease over couture. I’ve made both of these patterns before, so my life was made much easier. For this year’s outfit, I made McCalls 6556 as a top. I am going to wear it over Jamie Christina’s Mission Maxi. I’ll highlight the differences between the two versions of each below:
McCalls 6556 (First Reviewed Here)
Fabric used: Mini Sequinned Rayon Knit Novelty – Pinot Noir from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s sold out, sorry. But can I tell you? It is SO gorgeous! It drapes beautifully, and when I move in it, it looks positively liquid and so rich. I can’t say enough great things about this fabric. Neener neener neener! Oh wait – that’s not very gracious of me, is it? Anyway….
Construction Notes: I shortened the pattern to top length, by folding it up and pinning the extra pattern paper out of the way. Because of this, I only had two tucks on the front and back pieces (there are 3 in the original dress length)
As you can see in my previous post, I debated for a while on how best to finish the neckline and armhole. I thought about binding them with foldover elastic, but Phyllis pointed out that binding the outer edges would make it sportier rather than dressy, so I decided to bind the raw edges, fold them under and sew them by hand. For the neckline and armhole edges, I used silk jersey. I didn’t have black jersey, but I had some left over from my Paco Peralta top. Since you can’t see them, I didn’t fret over the color, and the jersey is soft against the skin.
For the bottom hem, which can be seen at certain angles, I bound the raw edge with Black Silk Habotaicut on the bias.
Likes/Dislikes: I really love this pattern. It’s very versatile. Yesterday, when Phyllis was over, I tried it on over my top and jeans to show her, and it looks great over a pair of jeans. I think it may be my go-to holiday outfit. It also looks fantastic layered over a long sleeve shirt. I think I’ll wear it with skinny black jeans and a black turtleneck top. Paired with dramatic chandelier earrings, it will make a heck of a holiday look.
Construction Notes:It’s interesting to note that I had to take in the side seams on this one. The matte jersey drapes and clings very differently than the original ITY that I used. Aside from that, the only thing I did differently from before was to use a rolled hem at the bottom. I’ll probably cut this down after the gala to be a street-length dress, and I’ll get tons of wear out of it. I think I’ll make a shrug to go over it so I can use it year-round.
The way the McCalls 6556 is drafted. I can wear it as a scoop-neck or turn it around and wear it as a bateau neck with a lower back. I like both ways, but I think I prefer the scoop neck over the maxi dress. Here are pictures of it both ways.
I have lots of time to decide. For now, it’s just nice to have it all done!
Conclusion: I love both these patterns. They go together easily, and they are classy/funky enough that I can wear them for many different occasions. I definitely recommend them!