McCalls 6559 Spring floral


Spring is definitely here! All the palms and trees are blooming (pollen season), and the birds appear to be having lots of fun šŸ™‚ In the same spirit, I picked up this pretty ITY from Fabric Mart for a spring dress. OK, another spring dress!


I don’t sew or wear a lot of blue. In my closet I have a cobalt jacket and my recent pink/blue tropical dress. However, I’m coming around to the notion that some blues are really pretty with white hair.

Note: I’m working with my camera and Gimp software to learn how to remove color casts, such as yellow, from my pics. My hair is so white, I think it’s impacting all the hues in my photos. I’ll get there!

I love this dress pattern, especially with the extended shoulder that I added this spring.

M6559 lines-side

That little bit of extra coverage on my upper arm makes a big difference to me.


Sewing notes:

  • ITY is stretchy! I staystitched the neckline, front and back, and used strips of tricot knit fusible on the shoulders, to tame it.

strips and neckline

  • I used self-fabric binding on the neckline, 1 1/2″ wide strips cut across the horizontal of the fabric.


finished binding

  • And to prevent irritation from the shoulder seam, I pressed it to the back and topstitched it. Now it’s really stable!

finished shoulder

  • All of the detail sewing – shoulders, sleeves, neckline – was done on the sewing machine. But I simply serged the long seams. That felt really good…


About ITY knit: I love the vibrance of color on this fabric. It doesn’t fade, and it takes a lot of wear. Also, although it may seem unnecessary, it benefits from lots of pressing during the sewing process. Actually, I press every seam or detail that I sew, over and over again, to sink the threads and allow the fabric to recover. Speaking of which, ITY will drop – I always hang an ITY garment for a day or so before I hem it, whether it’s a dress, top, or pants. The best thing – you can just fold it up on the shelf or in a drawer or in a suitcase. It doesn’t wrinkle!

Parting shot: I think buying stuff from Wawak is more fun than buying makeup and nail polish!

Yes, there’s a red jacket in my future, and what a find – a 6″ metal ruler. All the markings on my plastic one are long gone, but I find a 6″ ruler to be indispensable when I’m sewing. Also, check out those buttons. They’re 5/8″ Toronto horn buttons, and they fit perfectly over a #4 snap on fleece jackets. A nice button can be hard to find, and Wawak has a great selection.


Ciao! Coco

8 thoughts on “McCalls 6559 Spring floral

  1. Hi Garnet! I agree about magenta, I never even looked at it until the last 10 months or so, and now I have a cardi and a top. I did it because a reader mentioned that jewel tones look nice with white hair – and they do!


  2. New to your site. I am enjoying it. Your sewing is beautifully done and the tips are great. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your expertise. The dress is lovely!!

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  3. Really like this dress, and I agree with you about the extra shoulder coverage. I like that too these days. The blue looks very lovely on you with your gorgeous white hair šŸ™‚

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  4. Very pretty dress and I have come to the same realization in the past year that blue is good with white hair. I also think magenta is a good color now as well. Also love ITY for all the same reasons, but I do get hot in it in the summer, so as long as there is AC, I’m good. I so agree about a box from Wawak, get down right giddy about it even tho I know what is in it.

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