Saturday, 28 October 2017

Chambray McCalls 6696

About a year ago I bought two metres of this lovely Art Gallery Denim Studio grid-printed navy chambray from Ray Stitch in Islington. I always had in mind to make another classic McCalls 6696 shirt dress. I made my first version waaaaay back in January 2015.

The construction was pretty much the same as my previous dress with a few minor adjustments as follows:
  • Removed 2cm from the collar lapel width
  • Removed the gathers at the back bodice
  • Added 5cm to the length of the skirt section
  • Used French Seams throughout construction
  • Bias bound the armscye, pockets and hem
  • Rounded off the corners of the pockets
Here are some internal photos of the different finishes.











I wore the finished dress last night to the Sew Over It Islington launch party for their new 1940's wrap dress pattern. They had 50% discounts on paper patterns and 20% off fabric in store which was a little incentive to buy a few things for Christmas presents for some sewing friends. I met my friend Alex (My Creative Experiments) at the shop and also chatted to Karen (Did You Make That?) and Gabby (Gabberdashery) which was great to catch up with these lovely ladies in real life.

Here I am in front of the lush fabrics in the Sew Over It shop in all my McCalls M6696 wrinkled glory!



Pattern: McCalls 6696 Pattern = £8.00 (£4.00 as it's the second time I've used it)
Fabric: 1.5 metres of chambray from Ray Stitch = £16
Gutterman Thread: Navy from stash = free
Bias Binding: 2 metres of burgundy satin bias binding from Ray Stitch = £2.20
Press-studs: from my Grandma's stash = free

Total: £22.20

11 comments:

  1. A lovely dress and chambray is a favourite fabric of mine use for a lot of children's clothes as long lasting

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  2. There are some lovely sewing details on there Caroline. A great dress for this season. Jo x

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    1. Thank you Jo. It was a slow and steady make. Lots of hand-stitching and basting in place before doing the final machine stitching.

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  3. Looks great in chambray, I've made this pattern twice in mnidi length, lovely pattern

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    1. Thank you! I may be tempted to make another one but I want to sew something a bit speedier in the interim period.

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  4. The dress fits you perfectly and it looks so neat from the inside, great job. I'm glad you had a grand evening :)

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    1. Thanks Kat - it was a lovely evening too x

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  5. I love love love how neat you've made the inside. The bias binding is a perfect finishing touch.

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    1. Thanks Julie. I really enjoyed sewing all the neat hand finishes and bias binding.

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  6. What a beautiful looking dress. The idea of using press-studs instead of buttons is really a great idea.

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