We New Yorkers love to dress in black all year-round, but when it comes to beach coverups we break out the bright prints. I snatched up this floral cotton voile (from Mood Fabrics, no longer available) with the sole purpose of making it into a shirtdress-slash-coverup using McCall’s M6885.
This is now the second time I’ve made this pattern, and I’m still really pleased with it. I like the fact that it’s a pullover, and I like the tab-placket feature.
A couple of notes:
- I sewed View B, adding the sleeves from View D.
- This pattern has a center front pleat that starts just below the tab. For me, I felt this pleat gave the dress a smidge more fullness than I was comfortable with. So I pressed the pleat and just stitched it in place. This eliminated the extra fullness and visually broke up the print, which I think makes the front of the dress more interesting. The next time I sew this pattern I’ll probably omit the pleat.
- I skipped the sleeve tabs, mostly out of laziness, but I’m not really a sleeve-tab person anyway.
- I edge-stitched rather than topstitched. And edge-stitching is so much easier than topstitching anyway.
- Some people who’ve made this pattern have noted that the sleeves are a bit on the narrow side, and I think they’re probably right, though I’m fine with the sleeves as is. If you think you might have trouble in this area, just measure the sleeves (width) of a shirt that fits and compare that measurement with the pattern piece’s width.
- A tutorial on how to sew the placket in this pattern can be found here.
- It might have been fun to play around with contrasting collar and placket—maybe a small black gingham, for example.
- I added a back facing, which I drafted using the back pattern piece. This facing adds support to the neckline area; plus, I just like the way it looks, inside and out. (photo below)
Bottom line: Surf’s up! I want to sew this pattern again for the fall, maybe in silk like this dress. How are you coming with your shirtdresses? #shirtdresssewalong