Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Perfect Shirtdress - McCall's 6116

McCall's 6116  the Perfect Shirtdress is, well, pretty close to perfect.  I love this so much I had to rush these pictures to show you.  When I get it washed and pressed I will get some better shots for you, but in the mean time I couldn't wait for that to show and tell my latest and, I think, one of the best things I have sewn!  Well at least lately!

It is made from linen (linda linen from Kerryn's Fabric world for the aussies reading this).  I took the end of the roll in this colour so I was limited as to which options I could make.  I did not want the self-tie and planned to wear it with a purchased belt, but really prefer it worn without a belt.
The pattern runs through tissue-fitting the pattern and options to adjust it.  The only adjustment I made was a broad back adjustment.  I am soooo happy with the result.  It looks too big on Diana, but believe me it fits my back beautifully!  Very happy about that!

 I was planning to add the top pockets with flaps, but got cold feet after trialling them by pinning them on.  they looked a bit too bulky and as I wanted to use contrasting buttons, I wasn't comfortable with how they were going to look.  I think in a lighter fabric I would try this pocket option again.

This is the detail of the button - lovely brass-look with a green sheen.  I was really pleased with the ones chosen after much trialling of every button option in the shop.   I had great service and the shop assistant was very patient sorting through all the options - all for 70c buttons!

My only negative is that I marked the buttonhole placement in blue chaco liner (you can probably see it in the photo above) and it is not coming off as easily as the white one has in the past.  I am hoping that washing it will remove it (keep your fingers crossed for me). 

I will post better photos soon that should show you how pleased I am with my alteration and the fit of this pattern.

By the way, for those who asked in the comments from my last post - I find the Tanga panties are comfortable to wear  and I like that there is no VPL.  

I am so excited by this dress, that I plan to make another shirtdress - the next one from Burdastyle magazine in a very different fabric to this one.... Ciao - see you soon with more piccies! :)


  1. Wow! This dress looks fantastic. I think I need one in linen too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I love the neckline of this dress. I'm very keen to see it on you. Pretty colour, too!

  3. This is lovely. Great colour and style. A shirtdress is on my list too for summer.

  4. That is just beautiful. I love the Palmer-Pletsch patterns. They are really well drafted.

  5. This dress is so well made. You've done a great job again Sue.

  6. I can see why you are excited, looks fantastic and love those princess lines. Can't wait to see it on you.

  7. Beautiful dress, I love shirt dresses and this one is really nice.

  8. Lovely dress. And so glad you found the perfect buttons! That can sometimes be the hardest part of a project.

  9. hi Sue, Im your newest follower. Great dress .


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