Our super-fine French fabric in a mod green, brown and white print, was great for the simple lines of a McCall's M6750 blouse in Mod Cotton Voile.
McCall's M6750 Blouse in Mod Cotton Voile Pattern Review
Pattern: Palmer/Pletsch for McCall’s M6750 Blouse (view C)
Pattern Description: "Semi-fitted shirts have raised neckline, fold-back facings, darts, shaped hemline and narrow hem. A: Sleeveless. B, C: Two-piece sleeves with seam opening and button cuffs. B: Three-quarter length sleeves. C: Long sleeves."
Pattern Sizing: B5 (8-16) or F5 (16-24). Bonnie made a size 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very. Plus, because it's a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, it includes alteration lines for a perfect fit.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Bonnie liked that the collar was part of the front and back bodice pieces, creating an elegant raised collar. The three sleeve options are also nice to add variety.
Fabric used: This fun designer cotton voile from France.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Bonnie thought the sizing seemed to run small. Normally a size 14 would be quite large on her, but for this top she only needed to take in the shoulders about ¾”, shorten the sleeves slightly, and lengthen the bottom hem by 1”.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! It’s a very versatile pattern with lots of customization options. The instructions for alterations ensure a great fit.
Conclusion: This is a flattering (and easy) blouse pattern that can be made up in a variety of ways.
If I had to pick my one favorite pattern (which I would hate to do), I would choose the McCall's 6355 dress and top pattern. I have made it so many times out of so many fabrics. I use it instead of a sloper pattern in my learn-to-fit bodices class, so my students can create wearable projects.
Here is my McCall's 6355 dress pattern review:
Pattern Description: Semi-fitted top and dress with optional front and back vertical darts, self-neck binding and optional invisible side seam zipper.
Pattern Sizing: 16-18-20-22. I made a size 16.
Did it look like the photo? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Not only does this pattern have the Palmer/Pletsch alteration lines already drawn on it, but also Patti Palmer wrote the instructions herself.
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern? I love this pattern. The alteration lines make it easy to make any changes. I can keep or remove the vertical darts for a loose or tight fit. I don’t have any dislikes.
Fabric used: Designer Ikat Canvas with Rainbow Stripe from The Confident Stitch.
Pattern alterations and any design changes you made: I did a 5/8” full-bust adjustment, and a ½” broad-back adjustment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is my second McCalls 6355 dress, and I’ve made 4 or 5 McCalls 6355 tops, so YES!
Conclusion: This is a winner of a pattern. It can be made loose or fitted, long- or short-sleeved. It can be a dress or a top. The shape is universally flattering, and yet I have trouble finding ready-made dresses or tops with the same shape. I used a black-striped Ikat from The Confident Stitch for this dress, and it was easy to sew with. I made the stripes vertical so I wouldn’t have to match them, and to make the dress more slimming: Win-Win.
Have you made this pattern? What is your McCall's 6355 dress pattern review?