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1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.

Another McCalls 4769 Shirtdress with Sleeves

After I completed my Shirtdress for the McCalls Shirtdress Sew-Along I loved it so much that I mentioned I would make another.

Well, the wait is over for my latest version of McCalls 4769, this time with sleeves.

Shirtdress with Sleeves

From the start of this project I knew that I wanted to make version D which featured a contrasting cuff and collar.

1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.
My latest version of McCalls 4769

While I prefer wearing sleeves I don’t like making them. I have big arms so fitting is an issue.

I managed to use the largest sleeve size to ensure that it would go around my arm. It was still a little snug so I sewed the round for the sleeve and cuff with a ⅜” seam allowance. This seemed to work fine.

1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.
I already had the prefect vintage hat for this dress

For assembling the sleeve to dress I gathered the bell of the sleeve to fit in the arm hole. To make it fit, I also had to lower the arm hole opening about an inch, grading back to the original size.

It isn’t the proper way to adjust the sleeve but I was lazy. Because of this the sleeve sets just off the shoulder. It’s not a big issue but I hope to do a proper sleeve adjustment on my next make.

1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.
This dress is so light and fun to wear

The Contrast

For this project I picked out a off white cotton that had a little pink flower print. For the contrast I choose a dusty rose color solid pink cotton.

1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.
I love the dusty rose colored contrast on this dress.

I didn’t have all that much of the dusty rose fabric and though it would be prefect for the accent on this dress.

1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.
The contrasting collar really adds interest and detail

I love how the print and solid work so well together and yes this is yet another pink shirt dress I know have in my wardrobe. Hey, but it is a different shade of pink.

Fave Feature

One thing I love about this dress, is that I remembered to put in the pockets!

Yes, I love pockets. However, I’ve decided if I make this again, I’ll make slightly larger pockets. My phone doesn’t quite fit in it as well as I would like.

1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.
I love the vintage look of this dress

Speaking of things I would change are the buttons. I didn’t have enough of any sort of pink button, so I ended up using white buttons.

It turned out okay I guess and I even did a flower stitching on the button. I saw this technique on a dress that Gretchen Hirschal posted on her facebook page and decided to try it out.

1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.
It’s hard to see, but I used a flower stitch on the buttons

I think my favorite feature on this dress would simply be the complementing contrast on the collar, belt and cuffs. I just love how the whole thing comes together and has a vintage 1940’s feel to it.

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1940’s inspired shirtdress with sleeves, made with McCalls 4769 pattern out of a pink floral print and dusty rose pink contrast.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

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