Since sewing Mike’s Negroni shirt (and finally figuring out buttonholes, yay!) I’ve been on a kick to sew more shirts. So I thought I’d use all those neat techniques I learned with the Negroni and apply them to McCalls 7084 shirt dress pattern. I had just a small yardage of those beautiful riley Blake fabrics bought at A Fashionable Stitch last year, originally bought to make a regular shirt with the same pattern combination, but I thought I could squeeze this dress out of it too. And I did! It wasn’t easy, there was math involved, and not any room for error, but I did it.
I really like how those two prints go together, but I’m not 100% sold on this dress. It came together nicely, but when I put it on I think it looks like a diner waitress uniform. It’s still cute, but I wouldn’t put this on my favorite-thing-I-ever-made list. Maybe I need to try this pattern’s other version, with a godet skirt, and see if I like it better. It came together easy enough, it is very roomy, which is nice on a dress with so many buttons, so it means nothing will be popping out in a weird way when you sit. I used the felled seams technique throughout this dress as well, so the highly frayable cotton seams would be under control.
I have a few more photos of the dress below, including a bunch of close ups of the details. Check out that cute contrast pattern pocket, and the contrast collar as well. And so many polka dots!