Remember a while back I mashed a few patterns together to come up with a shirt pattern that fit me without gaping? The perfect collared shirt. Here it is, just in case you missed it. Anyway, I thought it was about time I turned that sucker into a dress, because why not, right?
I mean yeah, I own McCalls 6696 and have made it a few times, just like every good sewing blogger ever. But I usually ended up sewing the button placket shut and putting a zip in the side because it really needed an FBA that I was too lazy to do and honestly, the collar is massive on that thing. I don’t know if I’m particularly short-necked, but it always felt oversized and grazed my chin.
Stuff I changed:
- Shortened the shirt front and back pieces to finish at the waist.
- Gathered the back piece between the darts to fit it into the waistband (stolen from the original M6696 pattern).
- Just did a regular old gathered skirt, with pieces the width of my fabric.
Nothing groundbreaking. Besides, I’d made the shirt before, so didn’t think I’d have to change too much.
Famous last words.
Guess whose weight fluctuates like a yoyo and probably should have tried on her old versions of this dress first? Yeahhhhhhhh. When you think about it, shirts are pretty forgiving if your weight has changed, but fitted dresses with waistbands are less so.
Things to change for next time (because yes, I forget stuff and often refer back to my own blog for clues on how I made things in the past. Apparently I donated my memory brain cells to my children):
- Take in the shirt a smidge at the centre front (those bust darts aren’t sitting where they should be and there feels like there’s excess fabric in the centre).
- Take in the waist band a little bit also.
- Shorten the bodice pieces a bit more so the waistband hits my actual waist.
- Remember that I’ve given my collar and collar stand pieces a 1cm seam allowance, not 1.5cms.
- Perhaps try to put the buttons and buttonholes on the correct sides next time.
On the plus side, she’s very wearable and the extra room will be good for Christmas eating and I’m just being nitpicky, really. How good is the fabric? It’s by Alexia Abegg and I got it here. I’m such a sucker for the darker, tarot-esque/witchy/mystical themes. Meanwhile, I already have plans for my next one. There’s something that feels super fancy about a proper collar and collar stand, as well as functional buttons allllll the way down. I love it.