My first McCall’s pattern. I wanted a proper shirt dress with collar band and yoke (my first ever shirt dress was Burda 6520 which wasn’t a success. I decided pleated skirts are not for me, tried to alter it, but messed it up; coupled with that, I forgot to grade up from my bust to my waist), so I went on to google for inspiration, and there was McCall’s 6696 reaching out to me.
I made View C with the slightly A-line skirt.
- Fabric – 100% cotton from The Textile Centre, (also on eBay). It has white leaves on a midnight blue background, and it kind of looks like a jungle, and the ‘fever’ I just threw in; hence the name.
- Size: I graded from size 14 at bust to size 20 at waist and hip. I concluded after my second unsuccessful attempt at doing a small bust adjustment (I spent an entire evening doing it this way and that) that since grading works for me, I need no other kind of adjustment.
- Buttons – 11mm gold-rimmed navy blue (I think they are more midnight than navy though) plastic buttons from Jaycotts. Don’t be discouraged by the pictures, they are gorgeous in my opinion. Here is a picture.
Changes I made
- Took off 3/4 inches from length of waist, to make waist higher; I like my waist to sit about 1 to 1 1/2 inches above my navel.
- Wanted mandarin collar, so I only cut the collar band. I really don’t know if this is how to go about it, but it’s done.
- I made two thread loops should I want to wear a belt. I prefer their discreetness to their fabric counterpart.
- Got rid of gathers on back bodice waist and yoke (I found out in one of my TAIS (try-on as I sew) that the gathers on the back make me look like I have a hunch back. I then remembered I had seen several pictures online with the same look, which I didn’t like. So I turned them to pleats, stitched them close, and also put darts on the back bodice (I found this tip here by Amanda of ‘Sewing in the Rain’.
Likes – Most things; I was pleasantly surprised at the unobtrusiveness of the pockets, as I was afraid it would stick out on my large hips.
Dislikes – The only thing I really couldn’t stand was the poufiness on the back bodice, until I stitched the pleats.
Blunders I made – I’m relieved to say I only made one, though significant. I used blue and in some places red carbon paper to trace on my largely white fabric (yeah, can you beat that?), so I now having tracing marks showing on the right side. BUT, I’m going to wear it with pride nonetheless.
To try next time – I intend to disregard the waist band for my next version.
My verdict – Though I thought there was considerable hand sewing (slip stitching the button and button-hole bands, etc. I really like this pattern. The instructions are good, and I’ll definitely make it again.
Now let me show you this beauty on yours truly.
And finally, a close up view of front bodice.
Till next time, peace.