Want to sew a shirt dress with interesting details, but without sleeve plackets or a gazillion buttons? Welcome to the M6885 shirt dress!
This is a dream to wear. I can say that with confidence because I’ve already worn it for a meeting. The true test of a successful make is whether or not you sit twitching, fidgeting and tugging when you should be erudite, focussed and professional. I’m not saying I’m any of the latter, but at least I wasn’t twitching.
Swoon. Swooney swoon swoon swoon swoon. Patch pockets – check. Sleeve tabs – check. Shaped hem – check. Button band and collar – check. Waist ties – check. Yet, the overall impression isn’t fussy. This dress is more than the sum of its parts. And the parts ain’t bad!
A few construction details:
- I was between sizes, so went with the smaller size. That being said, a small FBA is in order for the next make.
- I lowered the shaping at the side hems by about 1.5 inches and am glad I did.
- I shaved some depth off the collar and am glad I did. Why do so many sewing patterns draft collars that wouldn’t look out of place in the 1970s?
- There aren’t instructions to finish the top of the sleeve tabs and you’ll need to if this project is to survive the washing machine.
- You’ll want to follow the instructions to turn and stitch your sleeve seam allowances, because those sleeves will be rolled up. A neat finish is important.
You’ll also not want to have a dog photo bombing your shoot. How rude!
Other than that, I followed the instructions as they were given. See previous post for more details on construction. I also share a lot of my step-by-step on Instagram, so you should definitely follow me there for the finer details of a project.
I’m not sure I’d make this dress without the waist ties. That waist definition is fairly crucial. And a shout out must go to the Lady McElroy flying geese lawn cotton. It is heart achingly beautiful.
This is the ultimate comfortable woven dress. I can’t wait to make another in double gauze, cheesecloth or linen to wear with leggings for the summer. In fact, I can already picture myself strolling on the beach, sand squeezing between my toes as I paddle into the ocean. Come on, summer!
The M6885 is one of my #makenine2017 projects completed. With thanks to The Sewcial Studio for the fabric.