Finished: Butterick B6333 Shirtdress With Piping


Butterick B6333 shirtdress pattern made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company

Do you ever finish sewing something and just go, dang, this turned out so well I can’t believe I actually made this?! That’s how I feel about this second shirtdress I sewed as part of the McCall Pattern Company Shirtdress Sew-Along. I love it! My niece—that’s her above—is the lucky recipient, and she’ll be wearing it to some wedding festivities over the Fourth.

What made this shirtdress a winner in my book? Well, let’s start with the pattern. Butterick B6333 is a classic shirtdress style, very similar to the ever-popular McCall’s M6696 shirtdress pattern, but it has princess seams instead of darts. Princess seams are easy to adjust to get a decent fit, and the vertical lines are very flattering.

Getting equal credit is the fabric, a lustrous cotton blend from Paron’s in the Garment District. Teeny silver flowers are embroidered in rows against a midnight blue background. The fabric has a soft hand and a crisp drape. It was delightful to work with.

Butterick B6333 shirtdress pattern made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company
B6333 kicked up a notch with silver piping.

So, pattern + fabric + piping = really cute dress! My niece loves it, too.

Butterick B6333 shirtdress pattern made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company

Butterick B6333 shirtdress pattern made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company

A few construction points:

  • After constructing the bodice I had a fitting with my niece. We decided to narrow the shoulder width by about 3/4″, so it has slightly more of a cutaway shoulder effect.
  • The armhole facing was made from the same silver fabric as the piping.
  • I added a back facing at the neck edge, made from the silver fabric. Not because a facing is needed, but just because it looks pretty. (Scroll down to see photo of dress interior.)
  • After I attached the waistband I covered the seam in the silver fabric. Again, just for the prettiness factor.
  • I cut the side bodice front pieces and the side back pieces on the bias. 

Butterick B6333 shirtdress pattern made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company

Butterick B6333 shirtdress pattern made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company
Here you can see the back neck facing and the covered waist seam. In hindsight I wish I had done a Hong Kong seam finish on all the seams.

Butterick B6333 shirtdress pattern made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company

All in all, this dress pattern is not hard to make and I think we did a good job with the instructions. If you like McCall’s M6696 but prefer princess seams, B6333 is a great alternative.

Note: A few people on our Shirtdress Sew-Along Facebook Group have asked me to share tips on sewing and working with piping. I’ll try to write a post about this in the next few weeks. Long story short: piping is easy!

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REMINDER: Shirtdress Sew-Along Giveaway! We are giving away a brand-new Oliso Smart Iron, and a goodie bag from Clover filled with cool sewing notions, to one lucky Shirtdress Sew-Along participant chosen at random. All you have to do to participate in this giveaway is show that you’re finished with your shirtdress, or are at least half-way through with it, by July 31, 2016 [new extended date]. To do so, you can upload a photo to the “Shirtdresses We Made” photo album if you’re a part of our Facebook group (new members welcome!). Or, you can post a photo on your own social media—just tag us and use the hashtag #shirtdresssewalong. If those options aren’t your thing you can email a low-res photo to  Can’t wait to see what you’ve made! [8/22/16 update: This group is now closed as the sew-along is officially over. All shirtdress construction information and tips are located on this blog.]





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  1. You did a really lovely job! Kudos for the exception sewing! Kudos to Carlos for the great suggestions. This pattern is in my wishlist.

  2. You should be proud of this dress. It is just so lovely! Did Carlos suggest cutting the side pieces on the bias to give the bodice some ‘give’?? Interesting idea. I want to keep that in mind for the future. You have done a wonderful job with this sew along. I have really enjoyed the tips and suggestions.

    1. Hi Ramona! Carlos didn’t have any structural reason for suggesting I cut the side bodice pieces on this bias. The little flowers run in horizontal rows, and he thought it would be interesting to have the rows run on the bias. He’s a designer and he thinks in ways like that!

  3. The dress is lovely and I know your niece will get many compliments. You did a fantastic job! I, too, am interested as to why Carlos suggested cutting the bodice side fronts on the bodice, and does he suggest doing this with all side fronts? I am coming to NYC and will be touring McCall’s on the 20th. Can’t wait to meet everyone and to see headquarters!

    1. Hi Tina, see my reply to Ramona. Are you coming here as part of a tour group?

      1. Nope, just me and my husband. My mother, Faye Wine, designed for McCall’s for about 20 years and I thought it would be nice to see the place which had such a huge impact and influence on her life. She talked very fondly of many of the staff there, Nancy Dicocco and Lori Acardi and others which I can’t remember the names of anymore. My whole family was involved in the process of her designing from hearing her talk of her latest design to helping with the prototypes. I am very excited to see the “mother ship” which Mom spoke about often. Hopefully, I will be able to meet you, and even Carlos???? Of course, I am excited to meet any and all who might be there that day.

        1. Great! I’m assuming you’ve told someone here that you’re coming. We have to notify our building security of any guests.

          1. Yep, I did! It’s all scheduled.

  4. Meg,
    Very couture! Congratulations. I am glad to see shirt dresses making a fashion statement!

  5. OH! This is so pretty! The piping really does elevate the chic factor so much! I just need to finish my hem and sew on my buttons…then I’ll be done too!

  6. Uh….Wow, Damn!!! These high end stores would charge $500+ for that dress (and I am really being conservative without taking into account the finish on the inside. That alone is worth a lot of money). I could definitely see it going down a runway. Yes…it’s that good!! What an inspiration for such a simple dress!! Beautiful!!

  7. This dress is stunning and the bias cut side front and back are a lovely detail that probably contribute to a better fit. In comparing the Butterick and McCall’s shirtdress patterns, I see that one is for women in the upper sizes, but the other is not. I am curious about what this difference means, in terms of sizing. Can you explain the difference?

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely sewing project.

    1. Hi and thank you! To answer your question about sizing, both patterns go up to size 24. I see the Butterick pattern says 24W, but it’s the same as McCall’s 24. Does that answer your question?

  8. Meg, you hit the ball out of the park with this dress! It is stunning. I love everything about it. And that piping adds that pop that makes it stand out. Bravo!

  9. You did your thing, Fashion magaize ready!

  10. Hi beautiful dress. Is the piping made by you. If so what did you use?

    1. Hi Janie abd thanks! Yes, I did make my own piping. I will write about this in a future post. Stay tuned!

  11. This looks absolutely beautiful. Very well done.

  12. I just today purchased everything needed for the dress. I’m making it for my daughter. I’ve never put piping on a dress before. If you have any tips on how to do it, please share. Can’t wait to get it started, & she is excited about it too.

  13. Is this available as a pdf pattern?

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