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Yet Another McCall’s Shirt Dress

Since I’m somewhat still in the shirt dress mode, I decided to make another one – McCall’s 6891. I have other dress patterns but I really like my two McCall’s shirt dress patterns, and hereby admit that I LOVE shirt dresses 😍. For this version, I let loose a teeny-weeny bit of my desire to put my ‘stamp’ on it.M6891_a

  • Fabric – Quite old, bought about 12 years ago just before I moved to the UK. In Nigeria we call it Guinea Brocade, and I believe it’s 100% cotton. It’s light weight, with nice drape but doesn’t quite hang as well as the denim I used for my Dotty Combo.
  • Size – My usual size for McCall’s patterns – size 14 for bust and graded up to size 18/20 for my waist and hips.
  • View D; only because I thought the sleeves are as pictured, but they turned out to be rolled-up long sleeves.
  • For buttons, I made self-covered ones with the same fabric.


  • I shortened the waist by 7/8″. I figured my waist is about 16″ from my neck.
  • Since my fabric was quite short in width, I reduced the width of the skirt on the pattern pieces by about 6 inches. I like the finished skirt though as I don’t like my skirts to be too full.
  • I used my preferred pocket construction I mentioned in this post.
  • I piped the collar and lapels, and it turned out to be a major pain in the derrière. The corners and bends were tricky to navigate BUT I conquered them 💪. Scraps from my Dotty Combo fabric became pockets and sleeve tabs; I used same and 2mm curtain cord for piping the collar.

    Collar with piping
  • Thread belt loops as usual.
  • I top-stitched instead of slip-stitching to finish the cuffs, using one of my ready-to-wear shirts as a guide. IMG_3064.JPG

Likes – I like the 2-part sleeves; also like the roll-up option on the long sleeves.

Dislikes – The cuffs; I prefer them with plackets.

Contrast pocket peaking out

My verdict – The pattern was easy enough, but I found the collars tricky to attach at the corners. There were a few puckers that I had to steam iron to extinction.

To try/change next time

  • Make the cuff with plackets.
  • Sleeve/arm adjustments as the sleeves fit a little bit snug, especially when I roll them up.
    View with long sleeves

    Rolled up sleeves
Close-up view of sleeve tab

So long.


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