Friday, 15 August 2014

Perfect shirt dress - with birds on it!

I bought this beautifully floaty organic voile fabric and decided to make it into McCall's pattern 6696.  It is a really great pattern, comes with different pieces for the bust depending on your size, which meant I could make this dress straight out of the pattern envelope with no changes or alterations at all.
The waistband, collar and front button bands are all hand-stitched down on the inside, which is an enjoyable task for me but you could easily do top stitching on your machine if you didn't have the time or inclination for the hand sewing.
I got to wear this dress for the first time on a recent holiday to Amsterdam, so these photos are all real life shots from my holiday.

I met up with my cousin Donna in Amsterdam and we had about 10 days of girl time in Europe, it was great fun.  Here we are visiting a statue of Anne Frank, the house where she and her family hid during the war is just around the corner from here.

The dress pattern is designed to be worn with a belt, as there is no button placement at the waist so that a belt buckle can sit nicely.  I wish now that I had just moved the button placements so that one sat at the waist as I don't intend to wear a belt with mine, and now after sitting it gapes a bit at the waist.  Oh well, a hidden press stud shall do the trick I think.

In this picture we are having a taste of raw herring!  It was okay, Donna didn't like it.  Here you can see the back of the dress has some gathering in the bodice, it gathers above the waist band and below the shoulder yoke.  It makes it a bit blousey and quite comfortable actually, I kept all of the gathering in the pattern and am pleased I did.
A very soft and light weight fabric for summer holidays and a great pattern for both crisp and floaty fabrics!
This is also my first goal completed for the lovely Katy's Finish-Along: link in my sidebar-->

Unfortunately I didn't get to wear it again when we went to Paris, as it crinkled really easily and there were no irons in any of the rooms that we stayed in.  But it certainly was a me-made holiday!  I wore my two Moneta Maxi dresses (only one photo!?) as well as a Butterick top:
Butterick 5692
   
Moneta 







And there is one other new dress that I made for this holiday, which I'll share in my next post!

17 comments:

  1. Your dress is gorgeous and I love the ears :) A x

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  2. I love the dress, but especially the birds on the fabric! Looks like you had such a blast on your holiday!!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! It's a great pattern, and I too love the birds!
      My holiday was lots of fun - sore feet now from all that walking though!

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  3. so lovely! I am completely intimidated by making shirt dresses... but maybe one day!

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  4. Guess I just missed you by a few days. Would have been fun bumping into each other in Amsterdam wearing Moneta dresses :)) Nice dress, beautiful fabric!

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  5. Beautiful dress Nessa! What a beautiful dress to have for such a lovely holiday!

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    1. Thanks Margo! It was perfect for a hot city break. I felt really nice in it though.

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  6. Lovely dress. Very pretty and feminine. Love those little birds.

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  7. I'm loving all the versions of this dress. Yours is amazing. Make more soon. g

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  8. Well done you ! I've been given some vintage patterns and thought of you, do you want some ? I can take photos if you want to see if you like any?

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  9. Well now I'm definitely going to have to get this pattern after seeing yours and Mary's! This looks beautiful on you and I love your fabric. I wish I could wear that color! Your trip looked fab. I enjoyed seeing your photos on instagram.

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  10. Ooh, very nice! You may lose marks for spelling though, that's all I'm saying ;o)

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  11. Dress looks lovely, that fabric and colour is gorgeous. Your mouse ears made me smile on Instagram!

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  12. Really lovely! Fabric and pattern are such a perfect mix. And well done on your Me Made holiday; that must have been as satisfying as it was stylish :)

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  13. Another gorgeous dress Nessa! I love that flight fabric! I might have to try making one of those. Do you think the pattern would sew well with a heavier (maybe chambray) type fabric for autumn??

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  14. Love this on you! And love the fabric too. This is such a great pattern...I have seen so many lovely versions I need to make it again!

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