McCalls 6554: Summer Dress


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Sewing Pattern: McCalls 6554

"A simple summer dress pattern with a waist tie and soft skirt pleats. This pattern is well drafted but could do with being offered in a few different sizes."

Francesca Haselden 4

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So with the sunshine finally starting to show and the clocks set forward to “British Summer Time” I thought it would be a great occasion to make a pretty summer dress! Well of course as soon as I picked up the pattern for McCalls 6554 it started to rain. Welcome to England.

McCalls 6554 – The Basics

McCalls 6445 is a sweet summer dress with an inverted pleat at the front, ideal for a lightweight drape or a slightly stiffer cotton. It’s lined at the bodice and has a centre back zip. I’ve decided to make the largest size, keeping the bodice size the same, but have cut a little extra width into the hip line as I am a tad wider than the pattern indicates for the size. I originally planned to line this with a thin muslin but instead opted for a lightweight viscose, just for the bodice.


McCalls 6554 – The Fabric

I popped into my local fabric shop and fell in love with this summery viscose. Viscose is a lovely drapey fabric and perfect for summer, it’s cool against the skin and comes in lightweight varieties. This fabric reminds me a bit of a Laura Ashley print. However, in the end I decided the white colour was a bit drab and could be made a lot nicer with an interesting finish, so I used some machine-wash Dylon in “Ocean Blue” to overdye the fabric. I used the whole pack per the 2 metres of fabric. The result was a lot more purple than blue but I still love it! Maybe I will overdye is once more when the dress is finished.



Viscose is an interesting fabric, similar to cotton but not “natural” yet still just as breathable. It’s perfect for anything you want to make where you would use cotton, and you can find it in everything from thick to thin, drapey and silky to heavy weight enough for suits. It really is a great fabric and is very versatile, I’m looking forward to making some more viscose cotton tops in the next few summer months. I’ll be doing a post in a few weeks looking at the typical care of viscose as it can be a little tricky, being technically synthetic but acting like a cotton or natural fibre.

Next Up

Onto the next part of the dress, which is to start sewing! I didn’t overdye my lining so it will have white lining inside. Maybe this will be OK but I might overdye it later. Check back soon as I continue on this dress!


Francesca Haselden

Francesca is the owner of EatSleepKnitUK, she also works for Toyota Home Sewing and is a web developer 9-5!

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