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A Pretty Shirtdress

This week's outfit is the ever-popular shirtdress by McCall's - 6696.  Here's what inspired the outfit:

Images from Eat/Sleep/Wear, The Blonde Salad, Gal Meets Glam, Atlantic-Pacific and Nicolette Mason

 

I've seen so many great versions of McCall's 6696 since it was released.  Over at PatternReview.com, you'll find 50 reviews, with 93% of the reviewers giving the pattern a positive rating.  What I particularly like about the pattern is its versatility: you can get a lot of different looks from the pattern.  First, there are two options for the skirt: a chic pencil skirt, and a beautiful pleated a-line skirt.  The sleeve options make for an all-season pattern: sleeveless or short-sleeved for warmer weather, and cuffed 3/4 length sleeves for cooler temperatures.  Finally, with an optional slip included in the pattern, it can be made in both non-sheer and sheer fabrics.  There are also a few other features to love about this pattern: like any good shirt pattern, it has a proper collar with a collar band, as well as a yoke back; it has different cup sizes; and it has pockets!  You can definitely see why it's so popular.

 

In terms of fabrics, drawing inspiration from the blog photos above, I've recommended a few of our beautiful, high-quality cotton broadcloths by Art Gallery Fabrics - including one new arrival!  Below, you'll see our really popular 'Shore Remains Algae' print (on the left) and our new 'Enchanted Leaves Air' print (on the right).  I absolutely love the new print: so pretty!  Another great option (not shown) is our plain black broadcloth by Art Gallery Fabrics

 

To show you what these fabrics might look like made up into 6696, I've worked some Photoshop magic.  :-)

I'm not sure which version I prefer! 

 

Further Details

McCall's 6696
£8.75 (£7.88 until noon on Tuesday!)
Sizes: 8-24
Level: not rated (looking at the pattern, I would probably classify this as an intermediate pattern)
Reviews: 50 reviews on PatternReview.com; 93% give the pattern a positive rating

 

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April 30, 2016 by Amy Lloyd
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