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McCall 6696 Shirtdress review

I finally made the Mccall 6696 shirdress after owing the pattern for over a year! This is my first time making a shirtdress with actual buttons and stand collar. I was afraid of this pattern for no reason at all. It is a very well drafted and fitting pattern. I made a muslin and understood the mods I needed to make for my unique fit challenges. Muslin is so very important for any garment, wovens more so than knits.

We'll talk muslins and adjustments but first, let's get right to the photos!


The fabric is a foil print cotton woven that I got from Joanns. It feels really nice and smooth. I love love this fabric! Went back to check if they still have it but alas, I couldn't find it. I got this dress out of 2 yards!



I made View C - sleeveless dress with straight skirt, size 14. Before starting the muslin, I had decided to take out most of the back gathers. That is the #1 complaint most people have from this pattern that the back is too blousy. I took out all gathers from the top back and converted the bottom of back bodice gathers to a tiny pleat. 
Other major change to the pattern was length adjustments. I took out 2" from bodice sections, 1" from skirt to accommodate my height. 

Closeup of back pleat

I used the A/B cup bodice as I'm a sewing B cup. It worked well for me. 

Once I made the muslin, I found out the waistband was too fitted. So for my final, I added 3" to the waistband. I wanted it to be fitted but not so much that I couldn't breathe. I added 3/4" to the skirt side seams as the skirt was too fitted for my taste. In hindsight, I should have used size 16 skirt and waistband. 


I love the details like pockets and stand collar. Very proud of the way it all turned out! 



All in all, a great pattern! I will be using this again and this time with sleeves and view A skirt.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I'm so in love with this dress! You did a fabulous job. ~Maria
Laura Casey said…
Wow....such a good make.....you've inspired me, going to look up the pattern!

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