shirtdresses: so hot right now


Or at least they were last year, right? I feel like the last sewing blogger on Earth to sew up McCall’s 6696.

& this is McCall’s 6696. I made a lot of changes. I wanted a half-shirtdress (buttons only on the bodice), so I cut 5/8″ off the skirt front piece & cut it on the fold. I also wanted a fuller skirt with side-front pockets & no pleats. M6696 offers two skirt options: a straight skirt with waist darts & side-front pockets, & a full pleated skirt with side-seam pockets. I rotated the waist darts into the hem on the straight skirt version, resulting in a nice A-line shape with the pockets I wanted.

Pocket detail.

The changes I made enabled me to eke the largest size out of only three yards of fabric, & the only piece I didn’t cut from this blue strawberry print are the pocket bags. Because I always prefer my pocket bags to be a fun contrast!

This is the interior placket & waistband. This dress is designed for almost all the interior seams to be enclosed, which gives it such a nice finish. I added French seams throughout & flat-felled the sleeves, just for fun.

I am particularly thrilled with the collar! Collars have been my nemesis in the past. Part of the reason I started sewing was because I wanted to learn how to sew button-down shirts & shirtdresses that would fit properly (I have a real problem with buttons gaping in RTW), & I’m proud that my skills have developed to this point. I am already planning to sew about a hundred more of these dresses (only a slight exaggeration), so I will have a lot of practice in perfecting all my finishes.

Also, strawberries? That’s kind of hot right now, isn’t it? Or did the strawberry ship sail in 2013?

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17 thoughts on “shirtdresses: so hot right now

    • Thanks! The fabric is from the Vintage Market line by Tasha Noel. It’s actually just quilting cotton, which is a pretty good fabric match for this pattern, though I do plan to try it in some other textiles. I have some gingham seersucker just dying to be made into a sleeveless version!


  1. No you’re not last, I am!! And I’ve not even bought the pattern but I’m about to! Love you’re version, it’s great.
    Have you seen sewmanju ‘s version?? She’s just made it in denim – it was the last post I read, must be an omen that I should make it!! 😃


    • Yes, I have obsessively looked at every version of M6696 I could find online! There are so many good ones. This pattern is so great, & it wasn’t nearly as complicated as I’d expected it to be.

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    • Thank you! I already have another shirtdress cut out & ready to be sewn, implementing some of the fit changes I want to make based on this one. I wonder if I can sew a different shirtdress to fit every Monthly Stitch challenge? Probably, haha!


    • Thanks! I am so stoked about the collar. I feel like Big 4 directions never give enough detail about things like collar construction & you really have to go your own way on it to get it right. Cutting the undercollar to be a tiny bit smaller & understitching so it turns under nicely are both crucial steps.


        • Yeah, just trim about 1/8″ off all the sides of the undercollar except the side that is sewn to the shirt. It will stretch to fit the upper collar, but naturally turn under because it’s a little smaller. Makes all the difference! It’s also crucial to trim down your seams so you can get the collar edges nice & flat & well-defined. (Not that I am an expert, by any means! Just passing along what worked for me here.)


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