I think I have found my second TNT (tried and true) pattern for spring/summer! After my Colfax dresses went so well, I was more confident with trying a new pattern. I have fallen in love with shirtdresses after watching endless episodes of Call the Midwife, so I thought McCall’s 6696 would be a good choice!
McCall’s 6696 is a shirtdress with a separate button band, collar and collar stand, and buttons. It is a very versatile pattern with many modifications included!
Over the next week I will be sharing each of my makes, but for today here is my overall review of the pattern:
I used the envelope with sizes 8-16. It is also available in sizes 16-22. My measurements put me in a size 16, which I used for my first version. For my second and third versions, I used the size 10.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I was a little confused by the collar construction and the yoke attachment. I ended up disregarding the instructions in the pattern and using the Four Square Walls method
for constructing the collar and the Grainline Burrito
method for constructing the yoke.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved all of the variations that are available. The “complicated” aspects, like the button band, collar, and yoke turn out really nicely!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! In fact I just finished my third version and have at least 2 more in the sewing queue. I would definitely recommend it to an intermediate sewer.
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