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Posted on:4/6/14 6:43 PM
Project Photo:McCall's: 6696 by stonecutter17

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Pattern Photo:McCall's 6696
McCall's Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 8 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $18.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Denim  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Misses Shirt Dress

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I have tried to make a collar once before and failed. I tried again with this pattern and I just wasn't getting it. Then I watched a YouTube video of someone making a collar and suddenly it all clicked. So yes, the instructions were helpful and correct once I understood the concept.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
First - finally a shirt dress pattern that doesn't just look like a really long shirt! I like that a lot about this pattern - you get an actual dress you can wear, not a super long shirt that you need to wear with leggings because it's cut too high on the side. It's also a tailored look, so again, you don't have to bunch a baggy shirt with a belt.

The only dislike was that there was quite a bit of hand sewing. However, I must say, the hand sewing does make it look really nice and actually didn't take that long. And because of it, this is the first item I've made that I wouldn't mind showing the inside.

Fabric Used:
A soft denim.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took out all, and I do mean all the top back gathers. I left in only the minimum about of bottom back gathers. I understand why that gathering is there, but I just don't like it. And this is the joy of sewing, yes? You make it the way you like it! I also though the cuffs were too big for my liking, so I trimmed mine down. Then, when I had two extra buttons left over, I thought they would look cute on the cuffs, so I added them.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Honestly, I might make this again as a shirt because I really like the tailoring. I do recommend it, but if you are like me and are incredibly lazy and looking for any excuse to skip hand sewing, this probably isn't the pattern for you. I tried to find any way possible to machine sew the hand sewn parts, and I found no shortcuts. Patient, experienced, sewists? You'll love it.

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kajero said...
Darling dress! It looks so good on your. And the buttons and belt are AWESOME!
4/6/14 7:14 PM
Jstarr4250 said...
So cute...I love a good denim dress and this is a great one!
4/6/14 8:09 PM
SewWil said...
Great looking denim dress!
4/6/14 8:20 PM
TJSEWS said...
Gorgeous! Great fit too!
4/6/14 8:32 PM
LlanoGirl said...
I love this and it looks like you achieved a great fit. Definately added to my wish list, very nice!
4/6/14 8:38 PM
Guelphgurl said...
Nice dress!
4/6/14 8:54 PM
Jrhee said...
Beautiful on you!
4/6/14 9:03 PM
DaisyA said...
What a great finish to your dress. removing the excess at the back makes a nice profile.
4/6/14 11:04 PM
slmstyle said...
Love it! Denim is perfect for this shirt dress. I'm sure you'll love wearing it for a long time to come. Need to make this great pattern as it has been on my "to do" list too long!
4/7/14 0:51 AM
SewLibra said...
Great looking denim dress! Gives me inspiration since my denim dresses are wearing out.
4/7/14 1:22 AM
Mazzygirl said...
That looks fabulous! Love it!
4/7/14 5:53 AM
supizoo said...
a beautiful classic. I just love it with the belt and boots.
4/7/14 7:15 AM
kjcaron said...
Very nice and very flattering!
4/7/14 7:18 AM
ISewedIt said...
This looks great!
4/7/14 7:44 AM
MrsCharisma said...
PERFECT shirt dress!!!!
4/7/14 9:55 AM
wildberrymom said...
Love your interpretation of this pattern! You've inspired me to go for a denim dress.
4/7/14 11:42 AM
ASiverson said...
Dress looks great and nice on you. Thank you for your review also!
4/7/14 12:27 PM
Lori V said...
Fabulous dress.
4/7/14 2:41 PM
BettyMike said...
Love it!
4/8/14 1:12 PM
thestitcherati said...
Wow- great job! The dress looks great on you! Love denim shirt dresses.
4/8/14 2:02 PM
Elizabeth made this said...
I love me a shirtdress, and this one looks great on you. Love the belt!
4/8/14 5:00 PM
madbadger said...
Really love this!
4/12/14 8:02 AM
Sew Good said...
Nicely done! Great fit
4/16/14 9:36 PM
sewrose said...
I hope it's okay if I post a link to Rosebud's blog about this pattern. She discovered a very important drafting error in the collar and collar band. So if anyone's having trouble with that part of the construction, just know that the problem is not with you. http://seam2seam.blogspot.com/2014/04/mccalls-6696-shirtwaist-dress.html#comment-form
5/11/14 10:44 AM
LadyLocke said...
Great job and looks great on you!!! I'm so glad you made the straight skirt version -- it's the one I have in mind.
9/17/14 11:46 AM
 
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