McCall’s M6946 LolaLou Pattern Review

mcall's m6945A few months ago when I first began sewing. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased three McCall patterns while they were on sale. I had never sewn with a pattern before and I was excited to learn how to make clothing by using a pattern. Since this would be my first time sewing from a pattern I made sure to find patterns that were labeled “Easy”. Because I wanted to make sure it would be something that a beginner could make.

Before ever trying to sew anything from a pattern I had made some pillow covers without a pattern. I watched a youtube tutorial that was easy to follow and my pillows turned out great. Now I was hoping that making everything would be as easy as those pillows, but I was scared that sewing from a pattern wouldn’t be so easy.  Well, I have to say that sewing from a pattern is even more difficult than I expected it to be. As a beginner, there are all these symbols on the actual pattern. Plus, it takes a minute to get the hang of the terminology included in the instructions.


After having my mom walk me through the process of how to lay out a pattern and cut it out. Along with how to read the pattern instructions when we made matching Father & Son shirts for my husband and son. I thought I was ready to tackle sewing from a pattern all on my own.

Although both of my pattern options for my first solo pattern project were labeled “Easy”. I thought that the pattern for my daughter’s dress looked easier than the pattern for my dress.  So I decided to try sewing view B of the McCall’s M6946 pattern. Which is a multi-tiered dress with straps that you tie at the shoulders.

The top portion of the dress was actually easy to make. I was really proud that I was able to follow the directions. It was looking like the picture on the cover and I thought this dress was going to really be an easy project.


Then I started trying to understand the direction for making the bottom (skirt portion) of the dress. And that’s where things started to fall apart 🙁 The pattern directions just were beginning not to make any sense to me. I thought it was just me and I asked my mom to help me understand the directions. But they didn’t make any sense to her either. My mom is in her late 50’s and she has been sewing since she was a kid. She has sewn from patterns most of her life. She said that the directions for this pattern were just bad and missing steps that would have made it easier to sew. Plus, there were very few notches used in the bottom half of this pattern making it difficult to match up individual pattern pieces.

Therefore, she offered to finish the dress up for me. Since I wouldn’t know how to fill in the missing steps.

I was proud of myself for sewing the top portion of the dress all by myself. However, I was disappointed that the directions for the bottom half of this pattern were not easy to follow.

McCall's M6946

But it’s all good, because my mom was able to work it out and finish the dress up. And best of all my daughter loved her new dress. 🙂

McCall's M6346

However, I will not be attempting to make McCall’s M6946 again.  And I would not advise beginners to try this pattern either.


  • Reply Mary Byers August 16, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I too I’m having a hard time making this dress . Is there any way to do this the easy way.

    • Reply Sonya August 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      I totally understand why 🙂 My mom gathered the stays at the top and the bottom for both of the stays. Then she sewed the gathered ruffle to the gathered stay. Because those stay pieces are huge and it didn’t seem possible to sew the ruffles onto the stays without the stay also being gathered. Then at the end she ironed everything down really good so it would lay right.
      I hope that this helps 🙂

  • Reply Tamara August 17, 2016 at 1:51 am

    I’m glad your mom helped! It’s such a delightful dress – one you see and just think it’s totally age-appropriate and comfortable.
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    • Reply Sonya August 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      I’m so glad she was able to help out. Otherwise, my daughter would not have had a finished dress.

  • Reply Drea August 17, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    This dress is so adorable, Sonya! I hate that the instructions weren’t thorough or easy to follow. It’s cool that your mom could help you out with the bottom, though! You ladies did an awesome job and I know your daughter loves it! I can’t wait to see what pattern you try out next.
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  • Reply Victoria Heckstall August 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    The dress turned out super cute. Thanks for being honest though and saying it is not a pattern that is beginner friendly. #productreviewparty

  • Reply Dani Chapman August 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I am so impressed by what you and your mom accomplished! I wish I could sew but my sewing machine hates me! 🙂

  • Reply Antionette Blake August 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    You are doing an amazing job with your sewing! I know you must be proud and having a blast seeing the outcome of your hard work and dedication and of course your mom! #ProductReviewParty

  • Reply Suzie August 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Wow I love that dress! She is simply adorable Sonya in her new dress! #Productreview
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  • Reply The Savvy Age August 19, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Accurate Directions are key w a new project when not familiar.. adorable dress! #productreviewparty

  • Reply Amila Wickramarachchi August 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Beautiful pattern for kids.Your daughter is so adorable in this dress.Great job!

  • Reply Stacie August 20, 2016 at 2:05 am

    So cute! This takes me back to the days when I made dresses for my daughter. You did a great job.

  • Reply Nerline August 21, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Thank God for moms! And thanks for the review. Now I know that I have to be careful when buying a pattern. But, you definitely hired the best model for that photo shoot. She is too cute. And looks like daddy too.
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  • Reply Melanie Frost August 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Your daughter looks adorable! I don’t know how to sew at all. I can barely tack on a loose button. So I give you lots of credit for being able to do what you do!

  • Reply Louida August 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I’m glad you had your mom to help Sonya. The dress turned out beautiful! My daughters when they were younger use to wear fluffy dresses like that, too cute! #ProductReviewParty
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  • Reply LaKita August 29, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    The dress is really cute. Its a good thing that you had your mother to help you finish up the dress. My mother also sews and the few times that I have helped her let me know that sewing is not for me…I will stick with baking 😉
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