Sunday, 16 November 2014

McCalls 6696 Shirtwaister love

Well, this isn't the most flattering dress I have made, but it is the one I'm proudest of, because it is definitely the best finish I've achieved.


I think this is a great pattern.  It comes in different cup sizes, and I cut a size 14 C cup, and it actually fits.  I graded down at the waist, but it could still be a little smaller at the there.  I took 1" from the bodice length, to accommodate my high waist.  The fabric is Robert Kaufman chambray union and it was lovely to cut and sew, presses really well and easy to wear (maybe I look a bit like a nurse, but it is greyer in real life).

Some bloggers mentioned that the back is a bit puffy and I actually took 2" from the gathered portion in the back, and I think it is the perfect amount of "puff".


What I'm really proud of is the finish inside!

I used scraps of Tana Lawn for the pockets and the back facing.

 Look how neat the French seams look.

I used a fantastic tutorial on Four Square walls to help with sewing the collar stand.  I really recommend sewing the collar stand this way, though not perfect it's the best one I have done.

The sleeves are hemmed with a tiny little hem.

The only mistake I made was not to include the belt loops, it needs a belt and without the loops it slips around.  I'd definitely recommend this pattern, in fact I'm going to make another, this time in a maroon dot chambray. 

I had a bit of a treat this week, I ordered Lucy's cosy blanket pack to start a crotchet blanket (probably take a year).  I think this is really good value £25 for the pack to make a single blanket.  Not the colours I usually pick but I wanted to try something different.  The wool came in a lovely little bag.

and the colours are really vibrant.  Its nice wool for the price.

Shame its Sunday night already, till next weekend, have a good time.


  1. That dress is next on my to-sew list. I think it looks great on you and the insides look really professional :)

    1. Thanks, so much. I look forward to seeing your!

  2. I really love that dress! It is very nicely finished and I think it is flattering. I'm tempted to try the pattern myself after seeing this. x

    1. Thanks Jeanette, I hope you do. I think it would really suit you, I'm about to make another!

  3. You look so beautiful in that dress. Love the belt and the flower!