I was definitely not kidding when I said I tend to sew up a pattern twice! Since I made this two dresses just days apart, I thought I would post them together 🙂
The pattern is McCall’s M6891. It’s a good, classic shirtdress style with a convertible collar and pockets. I love the full skirt, waistline seam, and ungathered back (why do designers do that??). Since it’s a Palmer and Pletsch pattern, there are extensive directions for tissue-fitting and adjusting the pattern. The fit I achieved on the first go-round was good enough that I didn’t have to make too many changes for the second version (though the fit was slightly different…).
So I made the checked dress first with fabric purchased at Style Maker Fabrics. The check has “running stitches” along some of the vertical and horizontal lines, which gives the fabric a bit more personality. Unfortunately, after washing, the stitches shrunk a little more than the rest of the fabric, which gives it an overall slightly puckered look. I’m okay with it, but I would have been happier without the extra texture.
I did my best to match the pattern all around, but it wasn’t always successful–quel domage!
For the closures, I used navy snaps from Snap Source–they worked perfectly!
The dress is so comfortable and cool, I can’t wait to wear it all summer!
I chose this amazing linen fabric (on sale right now!) from Britex for my second version. I had purchased the fabric for another purpose, but the plan quickly changed after my first dress. I LOVE this fabric–it’s linen, and while it looks a tad “rumpled”, it doesn’t get the serious wrinkles that other linens can get.