1960’s Challenge/McCalls 6495

I used McCalls 6495 for the 60’s challenge for Stitch Once Rip Twice! It’s a fun sewing group at Diane’s Vintage Zest.

Pleated Dress McCalls 6495

This was the last summer dress I made this year. (Sniff!) McCalls 6495 is such a classic little dress pattern. I’m just not sure if this dress fits the bill for 1960s.

I admit, the 60’s aren’t my favorite decade. I prefer the clothing that grandparents wore in the 60’s! I do love the short little girls dresses though!

Pleated Dress by SewsNBows

I’m not sure this fabric suits the decade either. I’m afraid I’ve failed the 60’s challenge, but I still got a sweet dress! I found this fabric on sale for $1 per yard last year. For that price, I won’t complain. That makes this dress’s cost around fifty cents, rounding up.

Pleated Dress by SewsNBows

As for the McCalls 6495, I have nothing bad to say about it. I’ll use this one a lot, since its pretty quick and straight forward. It’s classic rather than trendy, so it won’t go out of style. I really love the little pleats in front, even though it took me forever to get them ironed down and pinned properly. I ended up using quilting clips, which worked much better than pins.

Pleated Dress by SewsNBows

The buttons on this dress are authentic vintage from the 60’s! I got the buttons right, if nothing else! And can I get extra credit for making my photos kind of techni-color?!

Pleated Dress by SewsNBows

Our photo shoot went well for a while, if you count me chasing her around and begging for pictures as good. I kept her engaged, mostly by throwing M&Ms in the direction I wanted her to go. Then her brother came to check on her, and all hell broke lose. Scroll down.


Sofia discovered dirt. And that she likes it. She used to say,”ew!” if I tried to get her into the garden. Now all of a sudden, dirt is her best friend and she wants to roll in it. Literally.


This is her after a few rolls. Good thing the dress is brown!


And it all happened so fast that I couldn’t even stop it. (Well….that’s what I told her mother. I totally could’ve…but didn’t.) Look at her face in the photo below. That’s how I look when somebody hands me cake! I couldn’t break this up.


I have another dress I made with McCalls 6495. I hope to post it soon, before we’re all in boots and coats for winter!

That’s it for my 1960’s challenge! What’s your favorite decade for fashion?




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  1. the buttons are so 60’s but the dress I don’t know! it doesn’t matter, your dress is very pretty and the color too! Sofia, looks so cute even when she’s all dirty :-) hi!hi! those gold sandals she’s wearing are so pretty too; they are perfect with the pretty dress! :-)
    btw, your pictures are gorgeous Amy! :-) love the 3 continuous pics of Sofie and her brother; nice collage!
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  2. I love the 60s style too! This little dress is adorable (even when covered in dirt). The pleating on the top (if that’s what it’s called) is perfection. I love that you used buttons from the 60s and added 2 to the front. Glad to hear someone else admits to bribing kids to take pictures. And, I loved seeing that sweet little face all covered in dirt :)
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  3. That is the most adorable dress!!!! I am drooling over those buttons and perfect pleats!!! I think you hit it spot on! Is the fabric vintage too? Sophia is a fan of dirt?!?! So glad the dress is brown. I wonder if she will like mud when the rain starts. Great make and photos too!!!

  4. A baby doll dress.. definitely fits the 60s!!! Love the style of this dress and you’ve chosen cute fabric. Fabulous photo shoot… LOL!!! Don’t know what my favourite era is, but my least favourite is the 80s. There’s much in the 70s that I don’t like, but there’s also some I do like… mixed bag and and an era of change.
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