Monday, 24 November 2014

McCalls 6696 shirt dress, check

Hello hello.

I have made another version of McCalls 6696 shirt dress and I have yet another one planned for this summer.

I decided to have a go at view A which has a full skirt with pleats at the waist. the pleats were a bit of a slippery nightmare in this polyester but I got there in the end.

The fabric is a super cute check polyester from Spotlight. I picked up a few prints from this range; they have a nice drape and some great designs. I think it is $16.99 a meter but I got it when it was 40% off, WIN.

I cut out a 10 like my previous version, you can see it here. I made the waist band little longer than the pattern, about 3 inches, so that I would have a bit to play with when attempting to match the checks.

I made a valiant attempt at matching the print, I spent about an hour moving pattern pieces around whilst pinning. I am not delighted with the matching but there are a few places where it meets up.

I am pretty chuffed with the dress, I think I might shorten in a tiny bit, but that will have to wait, I was to excited with the finished dress and I had to wear it straight away so now it is sat in my washing basket, ho hum.


  1. It looks fantastic! I must pop into Spotty and grab the pattern and attempt it myself!

    1. Thanks Gabs!

      You should do it! It is a great little pattern. just make sure you mark the pleats well or you will be tearing your hair out, as I did with my first attempt, un blogged, un finished, and destined for the scrap heap :)

  2. I came across your blog while looking for info. on this pattern! Your blog is wonderful and very inspiring! Beautiful sewing!! Question for you...I'm not sure if I like all the gathers on the back bodice. You've sewn with this pattern a few times...would you be inclined to eliminate them or reduce them a bit? Are the gathers important in the fit? Thanks for your help!

    1. oh no I am sorry I didn't see this sooner, I usually get an email when a comment is left sorry.

      I really like the gathers, I didn't think that I would, I have seen some other version with them reduced or removed all together so it is defiantly possible, I don't think it would restrict movement.

      I realise by now you have probably already made the dress and worn it about a million times sorry again for the delay, and thanks for the comment!!