McCalls Dress M6891



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The McCalls M6891 dress pattern, it’s perfect for an intermediate dressmaker. These dresses have collar, semi-fitted bodice and narrow hem. C: stitched hems on sleeves. D: buttoned tab, wrong side shows. B and D: two-piece sleeves with pleats, seam opening and button cuffs. C and D: sash.
Combinations: B5(8-10-12-14-16), F5(16-18-20-22-24)
Designed for medium-weight wovens.
SUGGESTED FABRICS: Cotton Blends, Chambray, Poplin and Madras.
NOTIONS: 5/8″ Buttons: Eight for A,C, Twelve for B and Fourteen for D.

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Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

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Make time

One to two days

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    5 out of 5 A floral barkcloth shirtdress


    This is my current favourite dress- and also one of the most challenging things I’ve sewn- mainly because of the collar. The pattern has a lovely vintage shirt-dress feel, with a notched collar and swishy half-circle (I think it’s half- might be quarter) skirt. It has a few length options and sleeve options- I opted for the shortest length and short sleeves. Oh and it has in-seam pockets.
    I knew from the pattern measurements I’d need a few alterations- I have a 31″ bust and the smallest finished bust measurement was 36″- too much ease for me. I made a quick muslin which confirmed this, and also showed I needed to raise the waist-line (I’m 5’2″.) I therefore:
    -Shortened the bodice pieces by 3/4″
    – did a swayback adjustment (the pattern is a Palmer Pletsch Learn to Fit one so has lots of extra lines on the pieces- including a swayback- VERY handy so I just followed this_
    – took 1/2″ each side out of the back (narrow back adjustment)
    – took 1/2″ off each front shoulder
    – made a 3/4″ SBA on the size 8 (Ideally I’d have done 1″ but then the waist dart completely disappeared which threw me a bit so I stuck to 3/4″)
    – graded out slightly from an 8 at the waist- probably to a 9.

    I’m overall very pleased with the final result as it fits really quite well- could be slightly narrowed at the bust a further bit and the waist could be raised another 1/2″ but it’s pretty good!

    Construction was straightforward apart from that collar. For some reason I decided not to follow the instructions (?!!) and tried to use the Closet Case Files Caroline pyjama tutorial instead- which didn’t really work. I did manage to get it to look ok but it’s not quite right on the inside… When I make it again I’ll follow the instructions!

    I used a gorgeous cotton barkcloth from Seasalt- it’s very sturdy and the most beautiful vivid floral. The thickness worked well with this pattern although the skirt is not so twirly in it.

    I am so pleased with this dress and will be making another one soon (but I need a little break from buttonholes…)
    I have a few more pictures, including the back view and a close up of the front of the collar on my Instagram- @goingtoneedstitches

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    McCalls dress 6891


    This dress was for an online competition and I had a month in which to make it. I finished only just in time because I am the world’s slowest dressmaker and tend to become despondent when problems arise.

    The fabric came from a Goldhawk Road shop and is probably a polycotton. It is perhaps a little too soft for this dress and a cotton sateen would work better.

    This pattern is far from straightforward owning to the complexity of sewing the collar – I had never done a notched collar before – and the tedious and fiddly business of sewing the sleeves and cuffs. I read the instructions for this and decided I was not going to bother and made improvised turn back cuffs. The pattern has in seam pockets, but I ‘fused’ the pocket piece to the side skirt section and then ‘cut as one’. I prefer this method. The fit is not as close as I wanted and I should perhaps have gone down a size.

    The dress is okay and at least wearable, but I think there are better shirt dress patterns out there.

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