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.
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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