Monday, June 1, 2015

McCall's 6696, Liberty Print




What is it about Liberty fabric that just screams "SHIRTDRESS!!!"  I got this gorgeous Liberty print for Christmas this year (thanks Mom!) and I have been trying to think of the perfect thing to make. The McCall's 6696 shirtdress has been going around the blogosphere and it looks amazing on everyone, I thought I would try it out. 

I had just enough fabric to make the sleeveless version of the fuller skirt. I made a muslin of the bodice, and even with the different cup sizes for this pattern I needed to do a bit of an FBA. Based on some other reviews of this dress I took 1" of gathering away from the centerback. It still poofs a little, but I'm glad it took it out. 

 I also took off some of the shoulder width. Why do sewing patterns think everyone has linebacker shoulders? It makes no sense! Does anyone else find this problem? The buttons are from Fabricland, they match the shade of green perfectly! I used a woven fusible interfacing, which I think maybe was a little bit too stiff, but the collar stands right up! This was my first pattern with a collar stand, so I was a little nervous about that but it was a piece of cake. The only downside to this pattern is all the handsewing. Oi. 



I added some secret details to the inside. Leftover bias tape to the hem, and perfectly matching printed rick rack to the waistband. I only wish there was a place for it on the outside! I took these pictures on an expecially windy day down the shore (I'm from New Jersey, yes we really say that). The Liberty tana lawn is sooooooo fine that I was flashing everybody while walking the dog, any just of the wind sends this skirt flying! Oopsie. So that is my version of the famous  M6696, have you made one too? I was thinking of making a shirt version. 



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17 comments:

  1. Love it! But I think you mean McCall's 6696. No matter, it's fabulous!

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    1. Yes I do mean M, I caught that right after I hit publish! oops. Thank you for a great pattern

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  2. Love the dress! I am a big fan of M6696. I've made a few already. Love those shoes, too!

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  3. Absolutely lovely. Fits you well.

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    1. Thanks Robin, I love cup sized patterns, so much easier to fit!

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  4. Fantastic.love that you had Marilyn moments while walking the dog. Too funny. It's a perfect dress. Adore the shoes. g

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    1. Omg your right, total Marilyn moment, which is perfect bc today is her birthday!

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  5. it's a lovely dress! I love it.

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  6. What a great use of the liberty print for this dress! I really love your version and you should definitely make another version of it!

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    1. Thanks! I gotta find the right fabric now !

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  7. This is so lovely. You never can go wrong with Liberty, can you? I've been meaning to give this pattern a try with some Liberty dobby I bought last year (after a muslin, of course!) And to answer your question - I never have to adjust the width of the shoulders! I guess I should learn to play football ;-)

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    1. I think they keep grading the shoulders the same amount as the rest of the bodice, which is not really needed. A smaller grading would be better, I read that somewhere I think.

      And yes you need a liberty shirtdress too!

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  8. I have exactly the same problem with shoulders on patterns, I always have to reduce the width too. Fabulous dress.

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