McCall's M6891. It's a good, classic shirtdress style with a convertible collar and pockets. I love the full skirt, waistline seam, and ungathered back (why do designers do that??). Since it's a Palmer and Pletsch pattern, there are extensive directions for tissue-fitting and adjusting the pattern. The fit I achieved on the first go-round was good enough that I didn't have to make too many changes for the second version (though the fit was slightly different...).
checked dress first with fabric purchased at Style Maker Fabrics. The check has "running stitches" along some of the vertical and horizontal lines, which gives the fabric a bit more personality. Unfortunately, after washing, the stitches shrunk a little more than the rest of the fabric, which gives it an overall slightly puckered look. I'm okay with it, but I would have been happier without the extra texture.
Snap Source--they worked perfectly!
amazing linen fabric (on sale right now!) from Britex for my second version. I had purchased the fabric for another purpose, but the plan quickly changed after my first dress. I LOVE this fabric--it's linen, and while it looks a tad "rumpled", it doesn't get the serious wrinkles that other linens can get.
I went with the sleeveless option for this version. Normally I don't love sleeveless garments, but it seemed to fit the style of the fabric and I'm sure I'll be appreciative of the extra cooling in the dead of summer.
Somehow, this version is a bit tighter than the other, but it's still perfectly wearable. I'm super pleased with the back coverage and the depth of the armhole.
Again, I had to worry about pattern matching, and I made a mistake! If you look junction of the bodice and skirt, the colors are opposite. Oops!
Again, I used snaps (antique brass color, again from Snap Source). In both versions, I added hidden snaps between the visible ones around the belly area to keep the placket from gaping. These are tiny, clear plastic ones that are just perfect for this purpose (from Dritz).
I love these two shirtdresses and I'm certain they're going to be a staple when the weather warms up a bit! Bring on the summer!