The fitting issues also may have been because I decided to bind the seams instead of flip them under, and I didn't trim off the seam allowance first. Now I did this on purpose because the neckline runs a little low. The first dress I simply raised the armhole a bit. I thought not turning under the seam allowance would be enough for this one, but I think it made the shoulders too wide. I think if I make another with bound seams, I won't trim the seam allowance on the neckline, but I will on the armholes.
This dress is super casual, so casual you could throw it on over your bathing suit, which is not necessarily a bad thing -- clothes like this have their uses. I'm also happy because I practiced some new-to-me techniques.
|Neck and Armhole Binding|
|Twin needle Hem|
If you'd like to see the first version I made of McCalls 6559, just go back one post to here. Again, this dress is all over the internet. Just do a little search and you will see many, many versions.
And this is for Deborah of Square Grannie, who asked to see my sewing machine:)