McCalls 6988: DIY Floral Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

McCalls 6988 Floral Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress


We are having some glorious hot weather! It is sunny right now as I type. This makes me happy 🙂

So, another sun suitable dress made using McCalls 6988. You can see my first version here. The first version has been worn (sadly to a funeral) and, whilst it is still not in my all time favourites list, I think the bones of the pattern are fundamentally good and so I decided to try it again, this time in a stretch cotton purchased locally to me.

McCalls 6988 Floral Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

This time I made view D with a 1 inch full arm adjustment and no other changes (see my first version for full review). Being as this a stretch cotton I was worried about necklines stretching out and so I made sure to staystitch everything, including the facings. The dress is unlined and I just machined the hems.

McCalls 6988 Floral Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

This pattern is one of thos multi-cup size patterns, which means separate pattern pieces are included for A – D cup sizes. One thing to note is that these cup sizes are not the same as your regular bra cup sizes and so even though I am normally a G cup in bra fitting, I used the A/B cup for this dress and it fits perfectly through the bust. No FBA required. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully for measuring and selecting the most appropriate size.

I have got heels on here but I can easily see me wearing this with white pumps or sandals. It is a great piece to dress up or down. My only thought is, do you think I should have pegged the skirt some?

All in all I am super happy with this dress and I can see more in my future. Have a great day!

McCalls 6988 Floral Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress


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46 thoughts on “McCalls 6988: DIY Floral Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

  1. So pretty and flattering. I never thought I would ever make myself a sheath dress. But, I’m running out tomorrow to get this pattern! I’ve never had a pair of red shoes either! That’s going on my list too.

    What does “pegged the skirt mean?” I’ve never heard that term.

    1. Thanks Nwspooner. Pegging means you taper the lower part of the skirt down to give a more fitted silhouette. Typically I think people narrow a hem down so it is 4 inches less than your hip measurement? It just gives a more fitted look but I think looking at these pictures I am quite happy with the hem for now.

      1. I imagine sitting down would feel closter phobic.
        Btw it’s sunny here too. Yesterday was 115° I am not going to be hot this summer! I’m only sewing comfort clothes that are, pretty too. Hopefully pretty. Your dress is perfect for going out in.

  2. I think pegging the bottom would make it even better. I love dresses and this basic sheath for summer.

  3. Your dress is lovely – great fit and gorgeous fabric. I would leave the skirt as it is (I really like an a-line). I also think the shape is cuter if you are planning on wearing flat shoes or pumps.

  4. you should be super happy with this dress as it is beautiful – what a great fabric and you look so pretty in it. Love it !

  5. Really pretty dress. I would peg the hem a bit, but not a lot. But, that’s just my own personal taste. Either way it is a lovely dress.

  6. I really like this on you. Might be nice pegged, but it inspires me as is! So it can’t be too necessary!

  7. Hi, I really like this dress on you. I wouldn’t have said ooh that needs pegging until you said…. But now you say just an inch bit. If you don’t it doesn’t matter. I too am making summer dresses, a coral flowery sleeveless shirt dress and a Tilly and the buttons blue spotty dress.

  8. This is such a pretty dress. I really like the colours in your fabric. I think that pegging the dress would look great but would make the dress look more formal. As it is it’s nice and airy. It depends what look you’re after really!

    1. Thanks Corrine. Yep I think you’re right it would make it more formal and I don’t know if that’s what I want. So for now leaving it as is.

  9. This looks fantastic Manju, you really know what suits you. I love it with the red shoes.

      1. But you do it better than most! 🙂 Throughout the comments, I’ve seen the expression “pegging the dress” so often. I’m Canadian, and even tho I do a lot of sewing, I don’t know what “pegging the dress” means. It must be an English expression? Can you enlighten me?

    1. Pegging is when you taper the hem of the skirt down to give a more closer fitting silhouette. I think this term is also used in the USA? Typical rule of thumb is to make hems around 4 inches less than your hips. This would make the skirt portion much more fitted.

  10. Ooh, pretty! I love the fabric and fit. And no to the pegging if you plan to wear it in a more casual setting. I think it’s perfect the way it is.

  11. I’d agree with Amanda S. This looks lovely as it is (and appears slightly pegged already). A grand summer addition to your wardrobe ~ hope you have opportunity to wear it often! 🌞🌞

  12. I have this dress made up and its been hanging on the back of the door for months. I just don’t love it but yours looks fabulous! Great job!

    1. Thanks nakisha. I felt the same about my black version but it’s funny how you get the pattern/ fabric pairing right and suddenly it’s a game changer.

  13. Don’t peg it! If the weather continues hot, you want to be able to capture all the breezes you can — when the wind dies down, sailors let out the sails to their fullest extent, to catch any stray puff of breeze to continue forward motion. But, I speak as one who lives in central North Carolina. It looks to be hotter than the hinges of Hades this summer, with near-100% humidity most days.

    It makes me so happy that you put those lipstick-red pumps with this delft blue and white print. Unexpected, and cheerful. White sandals will also look nice, in a completely different way.

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