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