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. I hereby admit that I LOVE shirt dresses 😍, and for this version, I let loose a teeny-weeny bit of my desire to put my ‘stamp’ on it.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.