Floral McCalls 7351, a Fabricville Special

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It's the end of MeMadeMay, and it's been a month I've enjoyed. Even if I didn't take many daily photos at all, I was wearing me-mades and enjoying others' participation. I realized that I wore most things only once, with only a couple of tops making a repeat appearance -- and I still have things that I haven't worn yet. So I don't really need this month to get me wearing more of my own makes, but it has helped a lot in pinpointing what I reach for most.

And that's usually a dress, and usually colourful.

All photos taken in the lovely Shakepearean Gardens in Stratford


What can I say? If I have a style at all, it would have to be described as fairly eclectic. I like one-off outfits that don't really match with each other ;)

Please visit the Fabricville Blog to see more about this pattern & fabric!

My latest dress is a shining example of this. It's my latest project for the Fabricville Bloggers Network, and it has been delayed somewhat - ironically - by my trip to Chicago and the Pattern Review Weekend! But I powered down when I got home and learned a lot of new things with my first ever shirtdress, McCalls 7351. It helped that McCall's is hosting a Shirtdress Sewalong - lots of tips and support on their blog and the FB group associated with it.




I am really pleased with this dress! It fits well - I used size 14 at neck and shoulders and graded out to 16 by bust & waist. I do feel like it's a teeny bit big at the waist but it is super comfortable so I can live with that! :) Next time I might make it just halfway between 14 & 16 -- a modified size 15, if you will, haha.


I love the way the neck fits and the flowiness of the skirt. It's a really lovely thing to wear. It's drafted well and it includes pockets, always a plus in my books. I had the perfect buttons in my stash, I was so delighted to finally use them!



I decided that this would be my year of shirtdresses, and chose this pattern to start with as it came recommended for beginning shirtdress sewists on PatternReview. I received it from Fabricville along with the beautiful cotton - an exclusive print made for Fabricville in three colourways, and quite irresistible!

The dress was straightforward, although I did make a few changes to the construction process as I went:

  • Instead of attaching the yoke as in the instructions, I used the 'burrito technique', or as it is called in my trusty Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing, the 'couture technique'. It worked great and the yoke looks lovely all enclosed. 

  • I watched a Professor Pincushion video to help me understand how to attach the front bands. I really mean it when I say I've never made a shirt dress (or any kind of button down shirt) before.

There's not that much more to say about this pattern, as it went together logically and step by step. It's a solid one! It took me quite a while - a few afternoons and nights working on it, going slowly - it seemed like a lengthy, drawn out process while doing it, but I love the result. I am sure the next time I make a similar dress it will feel much easier!

As to my summer of shirtdresses...I've already cut and been sewing away at my next one, the Sally Shirtdress by Serendipity Studio, a pattern I picked up at the pattern swap on PR Weekend - thanks to whoever let it go!


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23 comments

  1. looks wonderful, looks like you got the perfect fit!

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    1. Thank you Janet - I was really pleased that it fits well - I do a lot of flat pattern measurement before I cut anything & I think this is just about right :)

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  2. I love your fabric for this pattern. Dress looks good on you!

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    1. Thanks! I fell in love with this fabric on first sight & knew I had to make a dress from it, quilting cotton or not :) It is quite a light weight so works well.

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  3. Shirt dresses are always so classic. A summer of shirt dresses sounds wonderful. Your fabric choice is rather gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks - just finished my 2nd shirtdress - hope to get some pics this week and share it too!

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  4. Classic, colorful and twirly. What more could one want from a dress? Nice work.

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  5. I love your dress! The fabric choice is A+! You look lovely! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! Aside from having to be careful with pattern placement this dress was a dream to make.

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  6. You're a first time pro! Great job!! The dress is so lovely.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda! I took my time with this one so I wouldn't get frustrated and make a mistake. Only minor ones made ;)

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  7. You are looking very good with natural seenary. thanks for sharing those photos.
    african french lace | nigerian lace fabric | African Lace Fabric

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  8. I have to apologize. I fell unconscious really early last night before I could come here and GUSH about how much I love that dress! The fabric is beautiful (I'm seriously in love), and I would never have guessed that it was a first time shirt dress. It looks fantastic on you, and you have done a great job at construction!

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    1. Ha, thanks for making the effort to return when you regained consciousness :) This fabric was too beautiful to pass up!

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  9. This is really a beautiful dress. Perfection!

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  10. What a beautiful photo shoot! I love your dress and am very impressed with the fit. So glad you shared, I want the pattern.

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    1. Thanks! It's a good beginner pattern for a shirt dress -- at least for this beginner :) Quite easy to make up.

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  11. Cute cute!!! You achieved a perfect fit!

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    1. Thanks! I've worn it a ton - just feel so cheery in it :)

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  12. My favourite of all!
    Gorgeous colour and print, slimming style, fun skirt.

    canary

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    1. Thank you! Yes, a great pattern and I still love this print. There are many more ground colours now available and I'm considering buying some more...... ;)

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