I’m very into sewing for spring right now and this shirtdress was on the top of my queue, so I had it cut and sewn within two days! Just in time to wear it on Easter. I have a backlog of projects that are already photographed to share with you, but being sick for a week and now getting ready for an event later this month have cut into my time. Hopefully, I will start sharing all of them soon!
This particular project is the McCall’s 6891 Palmer/Pletsch shirtdress. I’ve had this pattern in my stash for a while as I love the lapel collar and half circle skirt. The sample photo on the pattern don’t do this pattern justice, but that doesn’t matter much to me as I always look at line drawings. This pattern has a classic silhouette and is exactly what I was looking for. I considered sewing this pattern a few years ago, but saw a bad review, so I shelved it, only to come back again and find the pattern to be a wonderful one to work with.
I made View C with the longer skirt from View D. The side pockets stick out a little bit on the dressform, but don’t when I wear it. Probably as I’m filling them out more with my proportions than the dressform does.
The fabric for this dress is the star of the show. It’s the “Bare Necessities” cotton poplin in the Bird’s Eye View Collection from Organic Cotton Plus. This is the first time that I’ve worked with one of the prints from Organic Cotton Plus as my past projects with them have been solid color fabrics. It was hard to choose a print, but this organic cotton peach print made by Cloud 9 stood out to me. It has a William Morris thing going on and I just love fruit prints. Maybe it’s not supposed to be peaches and perhaps it’s oranges, but I like to think that it’s peaches on a peach tree.
I used some pink JHB buttons that I bought at Hancock’s before they closed, which were meant for a shirtdress and I was pleased to see that they worked with this dress.
This fabric was wonderful to work with and perfect for a shirtdress. I originally planned on making a Cashmerette Upton dress with this fabric, but when it came, I felt it would work wonderfully for a shirtdress. It’s crisp, presses well and is lovely to sew with and I’m so glad that I picked this fabric. My second choice was this awesome chambray, which I think I will order sometime soon.
According to the pattern, I didn’t have enough fabric to make this dress by about 1/2 yard. I planned to use the skirt from M6696 and make a mashup, but after I laid out the bodice pieces I decided to see if the circle skirt pieces from M6891 would fit (I don’t cut anything out until I have all of the pattern pieces pinned to the fabric). It was tricky getting the skirt pieces cut as I cut them single layer, but I managed to get them all cut out and I didn’t have to piece the corners or shorten the skirt.
This was my first Palmer/Pletsch pattern, although I have both Fit for Real People and Pants for Real People and refer to both for fitting advice. There is a lot of the same advice included with this pattern, if you need help getting a great fit. I did my normal adjustments to this pattern which included grading it up to about a 26/28, full bicep adjustment and swayback adjustment. I normally lengthen my skirts, but I didn’t need to as this pattern has two skirt lengths to choose from.
I love how retro this shirtdress is. In fact, I have a vintage 1950’s shirtdress pattern that looks identical to this one. The nice thing about using a modern multi-size pattern is that there’s less fitting involved and you can easily grade between sizes to get a good fit. I also prefer a shirtdress with a lapel like this as opposed to one with the classic collar, collar stand, and back yoke. Without those details, it also makes this type of dress quicker to sew. I’m planning to make another version of this pattern without the sleeves and with the shorter skirt for summer.
Note: I received the fabric for this dress in exchange for a review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
- Dress: McCall’s 6891 in Cloud 9 organic cotton, made by me
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
- Earrings: Vintage from my grandma’s jewelry box
- Sunglasses: XOXO
- Lipstick: Besame 1939 Tango Red (affiliate link)