New! The McCall Pattern Company Shirtdress Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Shirtdress Sew-Along

Are you game for sewing a shirtdress this season?! Come sew along with us as we lead the McCall Pattern Company Shirtdress Sew-Along over the next couple of months.

For this sew-along you’re welcome to use any current shirtdress pattern from McCall’s, Vogue Patterns, Butterick or Kwik Sew. You can use a vintage pattern of ours if you’d like, though we may not be able to answer questions specific to old patterns.

Take a look at our Shirtdress Board on Pinterest for pattern ideas and sewing inspiration:

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board Shirtdress Patterns on Pinterest.

Now’s the time to get your pattern as we’re hosting an all-brand online sale today through Sunday, May 1. Shop:

We’ll discuss fabrics for your shirtdress in a coming post, but in the meantime be on the lookout for lightweight cottons, chambrays, shirtings, linens, and lightweight woven blends. Tip: The less wrinkling from your fabric, the better.

What do you think about us also hosting a Shirtdress Sew-Along Facebook Group in conjunction with this? This would be the place to go to post comments, questions, and to share your status updates.

Let us know if you think you might be joining us for this sew-along. It’s a go-at-your-own-pace kind of thing, so if you don’t have time now you can always read the posts and sew later. No rush! Next week we’ll aim to post a Sew-Along schedule, so stay tuned.

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102 comments
  1. Yes, that would be a great sew along. I’ve been planning to make one for this summer and some support and tips along the way would be awesome!

  2. I would love to participate! I have several shirt dress patterns from Mc,Butt,Vogue and just have to pick which one! I have the fabric all ready to go and Sew Alongs help me with motivation….smile!

  3. I love the idea of a shirtdress sew along. You have so many wonderful shirtdress patterns that it is hard to choose just one. I have just bought a bunch of shirting fabrics so I will definitely be sewing one or several.

  4. Sounds great. Count me in

  5. I just bought fabric and a pattern……..count me in!

  6. How perfect! I just muslined McCall’s 6696 and am trying to decide on fabric.

  7. I’m in! I’ve got my fabric and pattern (M6885) ready. Can’t wait!

  8. I think I would be interested in a sew along. I rarely have the time to sew, but I need to make more time for it. I’m in!

    1. Zina I have the same concern. I’ve been forcing myself to grab 30 minutes to two or so hours a few days out of the week. It’s a slow process but 1. it has improved my mood immensely; 2. it’s MY me time even though it’s a tiny slice of my day.

  9. Count me in. I have the pattern – Kwik Sew 4155 and the fabric and have had it at the top of the queue for a while. But it keeps getting bumped by other things! The sew along is just what I need to get it going!

  10. Yes!!! I’m starting my shirtdress today!! Butterick 5556 but that doesn’t mean I still won’t participate by making another shirtdress! 😀

    Love the idea of a Facebook group as well!!

  11. Purchasing my pattern today and on the lookout for fabric! I’m expired to get started!

  12. I’m in! Love that we have flexibility to use the whole range of your patterns to pick from. 🙂

  13. I would love this also! I’ve been planning on getting a shirtdress pattern and would enjoy sewing it along with others! And the Facebook group idea is a great one! Thanks!

  14. I just bought McCall’s pattern 6891 Saturday! I was hoping to find anYoutube video or blog with details because I’ve never sewed a shirtdress before. Perfect timing!

  15. O yes! A linen summer version of M6696!

  16. I’ve had 6696 as a ufo for years. Hope to finish it this spring finally!

  17. I’m in! I plan on using a Liberty stretch poplin. I just need to decide which pattern to use!

  18. Great idea…I’ve not sewn a shirt dress ever. But I have enough shirt dress patterns to give it a whirl!

  19. I would love to! Have the pattern and material ready.

  20. Perfect, I’m in!!

  21. I have 2 Buttericks, 6091 & 6333, and not sure whether the godets or the gathered skirt will be more flattering (read less bulky) for my 66-yo shape. I’ll commit only to trying to join as most of my sewing is in my mind … and my body’s in the garden. 🙂

  22. Count me in! I received All my shirtdress pattern last week so i am ready

  23. Would love to be part of a shirt dress sewalong

  24. I would love to participate in the sew along.

  25. Yes, I would love to participate. I have a Mccalls pattern, and some fabric – just need to get started!

  26. Super excited to add this to my growing list of spring/summer sew alongs. I can’t wait to participate and now just to decide which pattern from my stash to use.

  27. I’m in! I just need to find the right fabric.

  28. Like Barbara, I have the Kwik Sew 4155 at the top of my queue, and it keeps getting bumped, LOL. This is perfect timing and a sew-along will be so much fun!

  29. I’m in! I’ll finally make the McCalls pattern that I’ve been meaning to make since forever!

  30. Would love to join! Great idea.

  31. I’m excited ! Will be my first piece of clothing I will be sewing ! When I looked at patterns they only go up to xl? Any suggestions? Thank you so much ?

    1. @Debbie O – Google the curvy sewing collective blog – they have tutorials on how to grade up a pattern!!

      As for me l am doing my favorite – a pattern mashup: bodice M6696 and skirt M7391!!!

      1. Ohhhh nice! Thank you! I will have to look at both the site and your mashup patterns.!

      2. Me again ! I looked at Pattern M7391 but it just shows a shirt?

        1. The McCalls 7351 is a recent addition as a shirtdress. I have noticed that McCalls do recycle their pattern numbers from time to time!! 🙂

  32. We’re in! @stitchsewingstudio

  33. I was just wondering about what to make… a shirt dress sounds ideal. Count me in. Facebook page? Sure.

  34. Is there a definition of a “shirtdess”? What makes it different from an ordinary waisted dress?

    1. Hi Christine! For our purposes we’re defining shirtdress as a dress that closes at the bodice front using buttons, much like a shirt. It does not have to be waisted to be considered a shirtdress.

  35. I just bought this pattern two weeks ago. I’d love to join the sew a long!

  36. I’ve been wanting to make a shirt-dress for a while. This will be the excuse I need!

  37. This sounds like fun! I’ve been meaning to make a shirtdress, so this comes at the right time!

  38. I am in. I already have a pattern.

  39. I love a great shirtdress!!! I will be following along with this sewalong! !!!

  40. Got pattern: M7084
    Got summery fabric.
    Got a busy schedule, but can maybe find time to sew something cute.
    Can’t wait 🙂

  41. This is a great idea. A facebook page would be great for any questions.

  42. I’d love to join in! I just finished cutting out the fabric for my dress yesterday.

  43. How perfect! I just ordered M7380, and I just need to find a good fabric!

  44. I just pick out a shirtdress pattern last week. I would sure appreciate guidance. I’m admittedly intimidated!

  45. I’m in! Yes, please have a facebook group!

  46. Love McCalls M7387 but the directions for the crease in the back are just a little confusing. It seems as though its a double crease? I can’t seem to get mine to work right.

  47. I’m happy this is going to happen. I love the idea of having a special FB group!

  48. Admittedly I have a zillion things in the queue at the moment but I have wanted to tackle my McCalls shirtdress pattern for so long, this is just the motivation I need! Might even make two!
    Thank you, so looking forward to it.

  49. Facebook would be good; it’s worked really well for other sewing groups I’ve worked with (the photo part is the swell part).
    I love shirt dresses! I make a new one every summer, have the fabric and an old pattern just waiting!

  50. I love the idea. But for those of us who stay away from Facebook or Pinterest, is there another way of us participating? And can we pick a pattern of our choice? I have a McCalls shirtdress, some incredible Tula Pink fabric, and a 50th class reunion in 3 weeks.

  51. I’m in. I love shirtdresses

  52. I’m so excited! This will be my first sew along ever. I am a beginner, so I hope I can keep up.

    I like the idea of a FB group. But, I would hope it’s not a public group as my friends are not so interested in my sewing adventures. 😉

  53. This sounds perfect! I’d love to join a closed fb group for sharing and chatting. Let me know if you need a backup admin for accepting applicants.

  54. I’m in! I have a pattern and possible fabric. I just need to find the time!

  55. I’m in! Been planning to make M7351 soon – have the fabric too!

  56. i would love to join

  57. Count me in! I have been trying to join for quite some time. Can’t wait.

  58. Sounds like fun! I will challenge myself to work only from my stash of patterns and fabrics, though I might need to purchase buttons. I agree that a Facebook group is a good idea.

  59. Count me in!! Pattern drafted and laying on the material to cut out.
    I am using a silk satin.

  60. Perfect timing! I just picked up McCall’s 6696 a couple of weeks ago. Going to start looking for fabric.

  61. I can’t wait. It will be fun.

  62. Great idea. I have been looking at shirt dresses this spring and would love to make one.

  63. I want to learn how to sew this dress! I am in! My Mom would be proud and tell me it is about time!

  64. Aagghhh buttons Maybe ill try hahaha 🙂

  65. This is great! I’ve been wanting to make a shirt dress for some time now. I’m in!✂

  66. I am so excited by this sew along. I have had my eye on a particular shirt dress pattern for a couple years and have never took the time to make it. Now I have a reason. Thankful that the website had the patterns on sale. Can’t wait to get my hands on McCall 6696 and get started. Now to decide on the fabric…..

  67. Count me in.

    I have also eye on a shirtdress.
    Could be good to be together with others to Make the dress.

    Lis

  68. Yes I would love to make a shirt dress for summer

  69. A sewalong sounds great. Count me in.

  70. Great upcoming project.

  71. Yessssss. I just got my shirt dress pattern from Kwik Sew and I am fabric hunting so count me in.

  72. This will be my 1st sewalong as I always say I’m going to join one, lol. I think I have a few shirtdress patterns and would love to be apart as we’ll as join the Facebook group. Thanks for the motivation and the opportunity.

  73. I am in . Just bought Vogue 9186 and McCalls 6885.Ready to start sewing.

  74. I’m in. I’d like to join the Facebook group if you make one.

  75. Sounds perfect! I’ve never participated in a sew along so am thoroughly looking forward to it. Love the idea of sharing tips, tricks and motivation!

    1. Sound great count me in.

  76. I would love to participate! Great idea!

  77. I think this is a great idea. I’ve already purchased my shirtdress pattern, McCalls 6891. A sew-along is just the thing I need to get motivated to start and finish this item.

  78. Great idea! A shirtwaist was definitely near the top of my to do list and I think it just jumped to the very top. I like the idea of a FB sew along a lot.

  79. Which pattern will the sew-along be too? Where will the sew-along be featured on (youtube, etc.)?

    1. Rochelle, “[f]or this sew-along you’re welcome to use any current shirtdress pattern from McCall’s, Vogue Patterns, Butterick or Kwik Sew. You can use a vintage pattern of ours if you’d like, though we may not be able to answer questions specific to old patterns.”

      The sew-along will be here on the blog and on the Facebook group.

  80. How do we find the see along on Facebook? Will there be a YouTube video as well? Sometimes, it’s easier to see than have miles of explanation.

    1. We will try some video…

  81. I am in … will start looking through the stash tonight – this will be the incentive I NEED to get sewing again

  82. I’m definitely in. I recently made 2 out of denim and was just thinking that I could use a few in summery prints. I’m making at least 2, and plan to use a Kwik Sew pattern for one, and a McCalls pattern for the second one.

    Summer

  83. Certainly count me in…..I am looking forward to this project!

  84. Does anyone have any idea of which type of skirt pattern to look for to recreate Kirsten Dunst’s yellow shirt dress (gorgeous!!) I purchased the V8970 pattern for the sew along

    1. Hi! Use McCall’s M6891 to re-create this dress. Good luck!

  85. Waaahhhhh!!!! I just found out about this sew along today. Any chance you’ll be doing other sew alongs? This is making me very sad.

    1. Was a great idea . I have been sewing for years, but have learned so much about basic sewing and how it can make an item look so professional. Thank you. Would love to see others.

    2. We’ve extended it for another month! Join our Facebook group if you can.

  86. Thank you McCalls and Meg Carter, it has been great fun being part of this Sew -Along! I did sign up for the Wrap Dress Sew -Along, got a couple of great patterns, bought some terrific fabric, but somewhere along the line I lost my way and didn’t start it!
    Well, that won’t happen again, I thoroughly enjoyed this project…and look forward to the next one! Well done, everybody!

  87. I just discovered this on your Pinterest feed. Gotta go fabric shopping!

  88. Count me in love it sound great!!!

    1. Hi Sharon! This shirtdress sew-along ended in late July. We will have another sew-along starting up in late September/early October.

  89. Sorry but I missed this one.. looking forward to the one coming up in Fall. 🙂

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