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Pattern Reviews> McCall's> 6696 (Misses' Dresses and Slip)

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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?

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.
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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