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