1960’s Challenge/McCalls 6495

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?!

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?

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. elizastaug2

    You’re a great sewer AND photographer!

  2. ingrid@nowathomemom

    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!

  3. Annie

    The dress and the girl are so sweet! I love the pleats and the buttons…I do not know what the 60’s style is, but if something this cute is 60’s, then I love 60’s! :D

  4. Joe

    Excellent job on the pleats Amy. Gotta love those Clover Wonder Clips! Another fine dress put out by the design studios of Amy Mayen ; )

  5. Lisa Nelson

    I love this dress. It is so very cute! What’s up with it being 60’s? That dress doesn’t look 60’s to me.

    Maybe it’s because of the super sweet model.

    Another job well done!

  6. Rachel

    It’s darling! I wish I wasn’t out of summer- DRESSES LEFT TO SEW! I’m pinning this one to remind me to look for the pattern. Also I want a pair of those shoes in my size ;)

  7. Camille

    Such a cute dress!!

    I swear there is nothing happier than a kid playing in the dirt. They can always take a bath, right? :)

  8. Mel

    That’s so pretty, and as always she’s adorable but what a fantastic fabric for a dress. Madeleine is a grot and even after the dirt roll that fabric looks fine I want some!

  9. Amy of while wearing heels

    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 :)

  10. Gina

    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!!!

  11. Pam @Threading My Way

    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.

  12. Tal @ The Crafeteria

    The dress is beautiful! I LOVE the ’60 and love that dress :) And your kids are absolutely adorable!

  13. clairejustineoxox

    Aww super sweet dress and pictures, lol to Sofia she was really enjoying the dirt, bless :)


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