Shirtdress Sew-Along: Let’s Get Going!

McCall Pattern Company Shirtdress Sew-Along

We’re excited that so many of you are interested in participating in our Shirtdress Sew-Along. Yay! Here’s a tentative sew-along blog schedule:

  • Week 1 (wk of 5/9/16): Choosing fabric and interfacing
  • Week 2: Making a test garment and getting the fit right
  • Week 3: pressing and edge stitching/topstitiching
  • Week 4: collar and collar stand
  • Week 5: buttons and buttonholes
  • Week 6: hems and finishing

I set up a Facebook group called McCall Pattern Company Shirtdress Sew-Along. It is a private group, so you have to request an invite. (But this way you can feel free to post in our group without your friends having to see your posts about making a shirtdress.) This is the place where you can:

  • share status updates about your progress
  • post photos of your sewing
  • ask questions
  • seek help
  • provide guidance to others
  • share links and tips

Please join this Facebook group! Participate as much as you like or just feel free to lurk.

What to expect from this sew-along: Several of you have indicated this is your first digital sew-along and that you aren’t quite sure what to expect. Since we aren’t asking you all to sew the same shirtdress pattern, our sew-along will be on the more general side, covering broad points as listed in the schedule above. Other things to know about this sew-along:

  • It’s best if you already have basic sewing skills and have made a few garments that you’re happy with. You’ve already made a garment with set-in sleeves, for example.
  • You can feel comfortable going at your own pace. Some of you will be finished next week, some of you will finish next year. That’s ok. We’ll leave this content up indefinitely, so you can always refer back to it.
  • Most of the sew-along content will reside here on this blog, so check back each week.
  • A few of you have asked if we will be doing videos as part of the sew-along. Short answer: Possibly, if you don’t mind iPhone videos. You can feel free to post videos to the Facebook group.

Social media for this sew-along: We’d love to see you post your progress or makes. Use the hashtag #shirtdresssewalong. If you have a blog, here’s a badge for your sidebar:

McCall Pattern Company Blog


Have you chosen your shirtdress pattern yet? I’m thinking I might try to crank out two shirtdresses: One for my niece from Butterick B6333, and one for me from McCall’s M6885. Reminder that our Shirtdress Pinterest board has loads of pattern suggestions and fashion inspirations. Leave a comment indicating which pattern you think you’re going to use. Thanks! Back next week to talk about fabric and interfacing!


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  1. please, french translation !

    1. Je ne l’ai pas pratiqué français depuis l’université! Et je ne peux pas écrire français sans Google Translate. Triste, je sais.

  2. Oh well. I don’t do facebook. Will the sew along also be on the blog or just on facebook?

    1. The “meat” of the sew-along will be here on the blog. The Facebook group functions more as an online community. You won’t miss anything by not being on Facebook.

  3. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Nieves’ Floral Print Silk Shirtdress caught my eye, and i’m drafting a pattern to create a similar pieced effect.
    Which I am sure will not look anything like the original!

  4. I also don’t do FB, but she said most of the content would be on the blog.

  5. I’m making Kwik Sew K4155. I haven’t picked my fabric out yet…I’m hoping to find something in my personal store!

  6. I have McCall’s M6891. I already have a gorgeous fabric to make view A as a jumper. It was the end of the roll, so there wasn’t enough for sleeves, but I love the fabric! I want to make D eventually. I posted to join the group, and that’s still pending. Thanks!

  7. I do have a facebook account, but don’t know how to join your group,

    1. Click on the link to the group in the post. That will take you to the Group page, where you can ask to join. That’s it!

  8. I’m in, but not on Facebook. Using McCall’s 6696.

  9. Found this just in time. CANT WAIT!!!

  10. Well I’ve chosen my pattern McCalls 6885,view A….not sure if I’ll do the contrasting band (which I think is way cool) but like the extra pleat infront….and love the fact that none of the buttons will pop open!
    Okay off to get my fab ready!

  11. I have chosen McCalls 6891 – trying to decide between view B and D with the fuller skirt .. and with summer coming I am almost tempted to do it sleeveless

  12. Are vintage patterns OK? I’ve got a Vogue and a Butterick in my stash from the 50s that I’ve been wanting to make.

    1. Sure! Several people are using vintage shirtdress patterns of ours.

  13. I just realized the pattern I want to use, B5920, is not exactly a shirt dress. Is it close enough in construction that I will get a benefit from making it as part of the sew along?

    1. Hi! Yes, you can use this pattern. It’s included on the Pinterest Shirtdress board. Love it!

  14. HELP. I’m really new to sewing, but as my mother made her own wedding dress and going away outfit, it must be in my genes (fingers crossed). I picked up McCalls M7408 as apparently its easy, I’ve cut everything out and marked my notches etc, but am having issues with the sleeves on view D. I’m beginning to think I’m never going to get the hand of this and I’ll forever have a cut out unfinished dress in my craft room.

    1. Hi! Are you in the USA? If so, call our customer service center at 1-800-782-0323 M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm ET for help with this. You can do it!

  15. I had such a great time making this shirt dress! It’s been the best out of the package pattern I have sewn so far!

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