I have been organizing my sewing space. I sew in the living room, fabric and sewing supplies are quietly invading the rest of the house. So I decided to get rid of my unfinished projects to make space. There were many that only needed minimal work, so I decided to keep a few. Like this one, McCalls 6885.
This is the cutest and easiest shirtdress I ever made! I started it nine months ago (shameless) Back then fall was approaching so I cut view D. Obviously I had to reconsider my choice now that summer is almost here, so I omitted the sleeves. I used this awesome Star Wars printed rayon challis. I bought this one during my L.A fabric shopping trip last year. I paid $3.99 a yard for it! Shocking I know.
This is how I sewed the curved hem. I ran a line of wide machine basting stitches 1/4″ from the raw edge of the hem. Then I folded and pressed the hem using the basting stitch line as a guide. I gently pulled the threads from the stitching line to ease the extra fabric in place as I was pressing. I pressed and folded the hemline a second time before sewing it in place.
Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, pullover shirtdresses have pointed collar, collar/front bands, button-up placket, front pleat and narrow hem.
Pattern Sizing: 8-16 and 16 – 24. I cut size 8.
Difficulty: Easy. If you have trouble sewing the placket there’s a tutorial on the McCalls blog here. For the collar you just need to transfer all of your markings and notches.
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? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked everything.
Fabric Used: I used rayon challis from Angel’s Textiles in Los Angeles. Sorry they don’t have a website.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes! Overall this is a cute and easy pattern to dress up or down.
Photos Courtesy of Angel.