M6696 Parisian Shirtdress


2016 has been my most productive sewing year yet, and I kind of wonder if it’s because I stopped blogging for a while. In any case, I have a number of makes to share with you, starting with, yep, another M6696 shirtdress.

I bought this fabric nearly three years ago in Paris at Les Coupons de Saint Pierre. It was a last-minute purchase. I already had two other pieces and as I was standing in line with my friend I happened to spot it. As I remember I wasn’t even that taken with it — I liked the other two pieces more — but for the price I went for it (and obviously something about it must have drawn me in).

And there I was, fabric in hand, leaving Montmartre with the best kind of souvenir in hand.
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McCall’s 6696 Emerald Isle Shirtdress


Hello, you hot and humid September! Making up for that fall-like July and August we had, aren’t’cha?

I’m so pleased that I got around to making yet another McCall’s 6696 shirtdress! Is this pattern popular or what? And for good reason: it’s “top drawer” with lots of variation possibilities. This is my first attempt at the pleated version. Both my sleeveless summery and cozy flannel versions featured the fitted skirt option.

I’m particularly happy with how this one turned out. This dress is very fun to wear, and the color is even more amazing in real life! A really striking emerald green. I’ve never been to Ireland (sad face), but I’m told the green color of the landscape there is stunning so I’ve dubbed this the Emerald Isle Dress.

The fabric itself was bought on this side of the Atlantic at G Street Fabrics in northern Virginia back in October 2011. Nice to stash bust! I used up all two yards of this 58″ wide rayon/linen blend to create this dress. The pattern calls for 2 3/8 yards (60″ wide) so this ended up being a tight fit, but I made it work. Phew. I originally bought it with a circle skirt in mind.

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Cozy Checkerboard Flannel “M6696” Shirtdress


Pattern: M6696 shirtdress
Fabric: 2 yards of 60″ wide Buffalo check flannel from A K Fabrics in the Garment District (I wish I had had at least 1/2 yard more though)
Notions: 10 5/8″ sailor buttons
Size: 10 at bust; 12 at waist/hips (waist should be brought in more next time)
Alterations: Similar to my first version, except this time I omitted the waistband (due to fabric shortage); made a self-fabric tie at the waist to cinch and to help hide the mismatched plaids; used the B-cup bodice pieces (and raised the waist darts 1″); lowered the skirt back darts 1 3/4″; and altered the sleeve cuff design

A warm and cozy dress for cold and snowy days is complete! Yay! Now I just need to find a cabin to sit by a fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Even though I think I just turned myself into a Brooklyn hipster with this flannel (L train chic?), I’m most pleased with it! For some reason I don’t like the way it photographed on me, but I like it on me otherwise. If that makes sense. 🙂

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M6696: The Indian Amazon “Hamaca” Dress


  • Pattern: McCall’s 6696, view C
  • Size: 10 at bust transitioned to 12 at waist/hips
  • Fabric: 3 yards of Kaffe Fassett Ikat Streak (succulent colorway)
  • Notions: 8 c. 1900 vegetable ivory buttons from Archangel Antiques
  • Alterations: Raised armscye 1″; removed front darts at skirt; removed 4″ of width from back bodice to reduce poofiness caused by gathers; machine-stitched button placket and waistband facing instead of hand-stitching; used self-fabric instead of purchased bias tape (other changes for next time below)

This is the dress I wore to MPB Day 2013! I made it with fabric I bought at Z Fabrics in Portland, Maine during a New England road trip last summer. Paired with the sleeveless bodice, it’s a perfect weight for summer. Some folks on MPB Day asked me about the fabric, and it wasn’t until I looked at the receipt later that I discovered it’s Ikat hand-dyed and hand-woven in India. Neat!

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