the shirtdress: mccall’s 6696

And just like that, we’re almost a week out from Thanksgiving. I can’t believe how quickly the last week flew by! We had a wonderful holiday weekend at home, cooking and eating and relaxing with the puppies. I got a little Christmas shopping done and started decorating the house, which is one of my favorite things to do. Trees and garland and lights and sparkle . . . pretty much my love language. Come Saturday, however, I was itching to get back in the studio. I went three full days without so much as turning on my computer or firing up my sewing machine because I was so busy. When I finally got back, the first thing I tackled was the dress in this post.

This is the second dress I’ve made using this pattern, McCall’s 6696, and I am definitely late to this party. If you search the pattern number it’s all over the place, and for good reason. It’s fantastic. I made it in white last spring and, naturally, completely forgot to pull it out of the closet to photograph along with this version. After I made it the first time and saw the finished product I knew I wanted another one. The first time I made it I drafted a skirt with bigger pleats and a hem facing, but this time I went with the original design. I wanted the full skirt in view A and the sleeves from view D. My fabric is a lightweight cotton poplin print that I ordered over a year ago. I was waiting for the right project to come along to use it.

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern (which is unusual for me) except to make sure it was the right length, 26″ from the waist. I could have sized down for a closer fit in the waist, but then the sleeves would have been a bit snug. Considering I went with this pattern right out of the envelope without making any changes, I’m very pleased with the fit.

The details of this design are what sold me on it: the cuff on the sleeve, the midriff, the bust and waist darts, the gathers on the back bodice. The midriff and front bodice darts are especially flattering, and the gathers in the back keep things comfy. And, of course, I love the pockets.

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

Sleeve cuffs. Easy to sew, and I love the finished look:

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

I like to line the back yoke in a shirtdress, and this one is no exception. I also lined the midriff. The pattern may call for this, I can’t remember, I just do it instinctively.

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

 Thoughts on this pattern:

#1. There’s a lot of ease in the sleeves, and they require a little extra patience setting them in.

#2. The fit of the bodice is fantastic, and very, very flattering.

#3. The dress is easy to sew, and the design is so classic that it begs to be made in lots of colors and patterns because it will stand the test of time.

I spent about $40 on materials. Couldn’t be happier!

McCall's 6696 via Emily Hallman Designs

2 COMMENTS

  1. Samantha Cooper | 3rd Dec 16

    Very impressive work. Such accurate and neat details, a very professional job!

  2. allie J. | 1st Dec 16

    Absolutely stunning work as usual! That fabric is perfect for the pattern.

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