13 Apr Garment #9 McCall’s 6885
I was briefly tempted to spend $326 on a shirtdress I saw online before walking into a shop and seeing it on a hanger. I snapped to my senses upon feeling the paper thin silk on the shapeless garment. Since I returned to sewing, I have watched many ready-to-wear lines continue on a downward spiral, but wouldn’t you think $326 would buy a decent shirtdress?
In November, my friend Ruth gave me three beautiful pieces of Korean silk from her mother’s collection.After the shirtdress incident I knew what to do with the middle fabric; an exquisite silk twill with a kaleidoscope design 😉
There are many fantastic shirtdress patterns out now. McCall’s 6885 was a great choice for my fabric and my style, in addition to being the exact pattern as the $326 dress.
I made View D and although I added two gentle shaping darts to the back out of personal preference, I was pleased to find no adjustments other than my usual adjustment of removing 2″ of length from the bodice were required to get the look.
I appreciated the absence of bust darts, but there were many design details to sew which required precision including the collar, a buttoned placket and sleeve tabs.
I sewed the entire dress with French seams. The exposed sleeve seams were the original incentive to use French seams, but I was ready to take the dress to a level much higher than the ready -to-wear dress.
To add an element of subtle visual interest, I sewed the underside of the placket pieces in a contrasting crepe de chine.
I did this by joining strips of fashion fabric and contrast fabric on the selvedge and folding on the seam before placing the pattern piece and cutting.
One discovery I made in this project was that running the buttonhole through the buttonhole attachment twice resulted in a very strong buttonhole for the large gold ball-type buttons I selected. I gave the method a try on a scrap piece of fabric and then applied it to my garment.
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This was a most worthwhile project for me as I love the result! It is also quite empowering not only to rival but to exceed the quality of popular ready-to-wear garments 🙂
Until soon 🙂