I am declaring this the summer of the shirtdress, to help me overcome my fear of buttonholes and to challenge myself a little!
Luckily for me, I was able to choose McCalls 7351 (I used View D) to start my shirtdress journey, as it came recommended as a beginner-level pattern on PatternReview.
I received it as my latest Fabricville project along with this beautiful cotton – an exclusive print made for Fabricville in three colourways, and quite irresistible! I like all three colours, but was really drawn to this bright and cheery aqua.
The making of this dress has been delayed somewhat – ironically – by my recent trip to Chicago and Pattern Review Weekend! But I powered down when I got home and learned a lot of new things with my first ever shirtdress project. It helped that McCall’s is currently hosting a Sewalong – lots of tips and support on their blog and the FB group associated with it to keep me motivated.
I am really pleased with this dress! It fits well – I used size 14 at neck and shoulders and graded out to 16 by bust & waist. I do feel like it’s a teeny bit big at the waist but it is super comfortable so I can live with that! 🙂 Next time I might make it just halfway between 14 & 16 — a modified size 15, if you will, haha.
I love the way the neck fits and the swishiness of the skirt. It’s a really lovely thing to wear. It’s drafted well and it includes pockets, always a plus in my books. I had the perfect buttons in my stash, so I was delighted to finally use them!
The dress was straightforward, although I did make a few changes to the construction process as I went:
This is a solid design – it works like it should. I did practice my buttonholes on scrap fabric quite a few times before I had the courage to make them for real. And I even have an automatic buttonholer to help me. But it all turned out 🙂
It took me quite a while, but I love the result. I am sure the next time I make a similar dress it will feel much easier!