McCalls7351 Shirt Dress pattern review

Here’s a little story about the Who Made It Best Challenge that isn’t.

I’ve come close to making the popular shirtdress style when I made a Marigold dress a couple years back, but I hadn’t felt like I was losing out on anything by not having a proper one. When Stephanie from the Petite Sewist, suggested the M7351 shirtdress to do together for a Who Made It Best challenge, I was ok with the idea but didn’t think I’d wear it much outside of church on Sunday.

 

As we worked on our muslins, I found I had to go down a full size in the bodice and was alright from there. Stephanie was so frustrated getting the fit correct that she has put it in the naughty corner. The challenge was off, but I was starting to like the dress.

 

As I worked through the project I  relearned the lesson to read through the directions ahead of time.  Where I got burned on this was the instruction to hand stitch the entire placket and neckband facing – that equals about 8 feet of hand stitching on my dress. After doing all that handstitching, the next step is to topstitch all along that same seam. Gosh darn it, I could have just topstitched and skipped all that hand stitching. Catherine Daze’s Blog found the same thing in another McCalls shirtdress pattern too.

 

One of the final steps is the turn under and hem the sleeves. I just didn’t like the look of this, so I settled on the idea of adding a cuff. Going through my patterns I found the cuff from the Onyx Shirt by Paprika Patterns would give the look I was going for. First I shortened the sleeve by 1 1/2in at the hem line and determined that a size 7 cuff from the Onyx would fit my new opening, then attached the cuff following the directions for the Onyx.

 

The Pattern McCalls7351 view B with no pockets. Size 14 C cup in the bodice and size 16 skirt. My measurements put me in a straight size 16 but after muslining the bodice I sized down to the 14.  Sleeve shortened by 1.5 inches and I added the size 7 cuff from the Onyx shirt pattern.

The Fabric Robert Kauffman yarndye in wineberry. Used 2.5 yards

 

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You may also like to see: my Marigold Dress

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Ladies Caroline Dress- Who Made It Best

Welcome back to Who Made It Best, a series on mahlicadesigns.

 

Who Made It Best is a friendly challenge where one of my fellow bloggers joins me in making up the same pattern to see Who Made It Best. The challenge rules are simple: 1. We agree on a pattern to use 2. sew it up to suit our personal styles 3. share it with you and ask you to vote. (Oh, and we keep what we’re up to a secret from each other)

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Jillayne from Hazelnut Handmade has joined me in making up the Ladies Caroline Dress for this week’s challenge. The Ladies Caroline Dress has a fitted bodice with gathered or pleated skirt, with several sleeve and neckline options. Please check out Jillayne’s blog here to see what she made.

The Caroline Dress pattern was one of the first pdf’s I ever purchased, but at the time I thought it was above my skill level so it got set aside. How things have changed; my sewing skills have improved to a point where I found this pattern quite easy to make.

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I didn’t notice this in my muslin, but I got some serious gapping in the back armscye. I took out a 1/2in wedge along the shoulder seam for this version and altered my pattern to take out an additional 1/2in wedge across the shoulder blade if I should choose to make the pattern again.

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The Pattern: Ladies Caroline Dress made in size 10 and altered as described.

The Fabric: Robert Kauffman’s London Calling primrose pansy cotton lawn. I used 1.75 yards.

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So, who do you think made their Ladies Caroline Dress the best? Please visit Hazelnut Handmade for more pictures and details on her version, then place your vote for Who Made It Best. The poll will be on both blogs, so you can see both versions before you choose your favorite. Voting open for one week and results will be posted on Instagram.

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You can also take a look at the Bronte Tee, Shoreline Boatneck, Sorbetto Top,  Greenwood Tank, Cheyenne Tunic, and Chi Town Chinos that were part of past Who Made It Best challenges.

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As always, thanks for visiting and voting today.

B6388 Top for the Red White and Pink Tour

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As I moved my cold weather tops into my dresser last fall, I found myself unable to descern what was what in the stacks of grey, black, and navy. Man did I need some variety, so I’ve worked on addeding some color (here & here) and print (here).

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When I was selecting fabric for my next Simply By Ti Ambassador* project, I thought I’d go in an unexpected direction by choosing a super bright pink. I haven’t worn pink in at least a decade, so I’m not even sure if it works for me, but here we go. What do you think?

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I don’t usually dress on theme for holidays, but I think I’m going to be pretty in pink this Valentines day. The Red White and Pink tour will be full of ideas for you to check out along the theme -keep reading to the end to see the full tour.

The Pattern:  B6388 view C in a size medium with no alterations.  I’d made the dress view previously, so there was no guesswork as to fit or size.

Just after I had finished my top version, Elle Gee posted about two dresses she made with the pattern. I think I need to try some color mixing next.

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The Fabric:  Fuchsia French Terry from Simply by Ti. I’ve sewn with the French Terry from the shop several times and I just love it. It’s soft, has just the right body, and is easy to sew with.

 

We’re sharing Red White and Pink all month.
Let’s get inspired!

February 1st: Sewing By Ti (intro),  Mahlica Designs
2nd: Sewing With D
3rd: Sewing With Sarah
Sunday, February 4th: Tenille’s Thread
5th: My Heart will Sew On
6th: Kathy Kwilts and More
7th: Stitched By Jennie
8th: EYMM
9th: With Love In Every Stitch
10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier
Sunday, February 11th: Our Play Place
12th: My Sewing Roots
13th: Margarita on the Ross
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Sew Sew Ilse
17th: Aurora Designs
Sunday, February 18th: Sewing Scientist
19th: Manning the Machine
20th: The Fairy Dust Bin
21st: Hazelnut Handmade
22nd: Kate Will Knit
23rd: Lulu & Celeste
24th: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday, February 25th: Twinado Alley
26th: Ma Moose
27th: Auschick Sews
28th: Oak Blue Designs

 

 

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*As a Simply by Ti Ambassador I receive complementary fabric from the Simply By Ti shop to use for a project in exchange for sharing it with you.

Flounce Dress featuring Simply By Ti Fabrics

As my little guy is getting older, I’m getting back to a place where I can easily wear dresses again. I find that when it comes to dresses, I’m drawn to the short sleeve and sleeveless looks, leaving a gap in my wardrobe for the fall and winter.

I have a couple long sleeve dresses now for everyday wear, but I’ve been wanting something a little less casual.  I really liked the nice front and back v-neck and fitted bodice of the Flounce Dress from DG Patterns.

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For my Simply By Ti Ambassador** project, I chose the black and white ponte from Simply by Ti. It shouldn’t be any surprise that I was drawn to the graphic print. I like working with ponte for its stability and ponte being a little heavier weight works really well for cold weather garments.

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The Pattern:  Flounce Dress and Top from DG Patterns*. The pattern comes loaded with options; including a top or dress version, several necklines, sleeve lengths, gathered or pleated skirt, and of course the flounce detail. I chose to make the long sleeve dress with moderate v-neck, pleated skirt and no flounce.

I made a size 10 per my measurements and the fit is wonderful. I did make two modifications for fit that are pretty normal for me. I shorten the skirt by about 5in for it to hit where I like and slimmed down the sleeves for my skinny arms.

I’ll remind you to always read the instructions first. I was moving along though the pattern and had almost made myself the sleeveless version. (The sleeve construction is included with the instructions for the top version)

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The Fabric:  Black and White ponte from Simply by Ti. The weight of the ponte will give me just enough warmth for my cold weather dress, but most of all I just love this print.

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**As a Simply by Ti Ambassador I receive complementary fabric from the Simply By Ti shop to use for a project in exchange for sharing it with you.

*This post may contain affiliate links, if you purchase through my links I get a small portion to help pay for my sewing hobby.

Sew Long Summer…hello Butterick 6388 sweater dress

I say Sew Long Summer with French terry and cold weather dresses.

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This fall’s dress is Butterick 6388. It was a hit with me the first time I saw the pattern. The top and dress views are packed with the details I like: a collar to keep me warm, interesting design lines in the bodice, and a slight dolman sleeve.

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The pattern is very easy to make and went together in less than 2 hours cut to finish. The dress is so comfortable and I see it working very well as a wardrobe piece that will work in the fall with flats and with tights and boots in the winter.  I have a top version planned in another french terry in my stash, but I might keep my eyes open for an interesting sweater knit to use.

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As always, thanks for reading today.

I hope you’ll visit todays bloggers in the Sew Long Summer Blog tour:

Tenilles Thread,  Sewing with D,  mahlicadesigns

Shoreline Boatneck- Who Made It Best

Welcome back to Who Made It Best, a new series on mahlicadesigns.

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Who Made It Best is a friendly challenge where one of my blogger friends joins me in making up the same pattern to see Who Made It Best. The challenge rules are simple: 1. We agree on a pattern to use 2. sew it up to suit our personal styles 3. share it with you and ask you to vote. (oh, and we keep what we’re up to a secret from each other)

Ti from Sewing by Ti has joined me in making up the Shoreline Boatneck from Blank Slate Patterns for the challenge and you can check out her version here.

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The Shoreline pattern comes with several options for bodice and sleeve lengths and then when you add in the options from the expansion pack, it can be hard to choose where to start. I just went practical. I really need a longer sleeve dress for cooler weather but the impending summer pushed me to going for the short sleeve option.

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I recently purchased this striped knit from Simply by Ti (total coincidence that I used a fabric from my challenger’s shop) to add to my stash thinking I’d use it for a dress sometime. As I formulated my plan for the Shoreline, I knew these stripes would be the perfect fabric.

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If you’ve followed my blog for any time, you will know I just can’t leave well enough alone, I have to brainstorm through my pattern hack ideas to take it up a notch. Somewhere online lives my inspiration for the bodice hack I did here, but I cannot find it now to share.

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For the hack, I traced off the front bodice piece from shoulder to 1/2in (my seam allowance) below the bottom of the armscythe. I then folded the top of the dress pattern piece over to cut out the lower portion of the bodice (plus 1/2in s.a.). I traced my new bodice piece onto a large piece of paper and cut out the middle to make myself a window to help me determine my stripe placement.

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You can see all my hash marks as I tried and only partially succeeded in lining up the bodice stripes to my sleeve stripes.

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Stripe matching on the sleeves only came out so so, but look at those side seams! I still feel very proud every time I get that stripe matching nailed.

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I’m barely 5’4″, so for my shorty self I had a choice between lengthening the tunic or shortening the dress. I went with the tunic, so I would have a narrower sweep at the hem and lengthened by 2in at the marked lengthen line at the waist and then added another 2in at the hem line.

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As you read my post today, I’ve already worn my dress to a graduation party and as a day dress on my vacation. At first I thought the dress was a little too roomy around the waist, but now I’m glad that it hides my over eating well.

I’d made the Shoreline in the past as a tee and it wasn’t true love -I like a wider boatneck opening; but I love this dress! I want more more more. (My hubby says this is his favorite dress I’ve made.)

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So, who do you think made the Shoreline best? Please visit Sewing by Ti for more pictures and details on her version, then place your vote for Who Made It Best. The poll will be on both sites, so you can see both versions before you choose your favorite. Voting open for one week.

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Many thanks to Blank Slate Patterns for providing the updated copy of the Shoreline Boatneck pattern for Ti and I to use for our posts.

The new Sorbetto- Who Made It Best

Who Made It Best, a new series on the mahlicadesigns blog, is launching this month.

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Who Made It Best is a friendly challenge where one of my blogger friends joins me in making up the same pattern to see Who Made It Best. The challenge rules are simple: 1. We agree on a pattern to use 2. sew it up to suit our personal styles 3. share it with you and ask you to vote.

Sarah from Musings of a Seamstress has joined me in making up the new Sorbetto top from Colette Patterns for the first challenge and you can check out her version here.

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The Sorbetto was re-released based on Colette’s new pattern block and there has been a lot of chatter out there about it. (Ally J. has a nice post comparing the original and new versions.) Honestly, I wouldn’t have made up the new Sorbetto without Sarah suggesting it. I made up the original several years ago when it first came out and I was a newbie at sewing. It wasn’t very remarkable other than leaving me scratching my head about the dart placement.

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Since I haven’t made the Sorbetto in years or any other Colette pattern ever, I worked up a muslin of the short sleeve top to check the overall fit and to see if I may want to add it to my list of summer blouses to make. I’m not sure if I’ll be making the blouse, but I did learn that the bust dart needed to be moved up by 1 inch and got a good feel for the length.

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To make myself a Sorbetto dress, I added about 20in in length to the front & back pieces, added 2in to the sweep at the hemline front & back, turned the front pleat into an inverted box pleat (stitched about 4in from neckline down) and assembled as normal. Hack complete.

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Please visit Musings of a Seamstress for more pictures and details on her version, then place your vote for Who Made It Best. The poll will be on both sites, so you can see both versions before you choose your favorite. Voting open for one week.

VOTE HERE

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Want to join me in a Who Made it Best challenge? Contact me at mahlicadesigns@gmail.com