Chambray Pullover Dress

This post is all about new, a new way I decided what to sew and a new style for me. I saw McCall’s 6885 featured on an Instagram feed along with a famous designer
in a very similar dress. Right when I saw that photo, I knew I had to make this dress.

 

Mood Fabrics' Chambray flannel used to make semi-fitted shirt dress - McCall's 6885

 

Now this is the first new  for me, usually I have the fabric and I look through my patterns to see what to make. This time I was in search of fabric and of course, Mood had just the right fabric, a  Mood Fabrics’ chambray year-round cotton flannel.  I should clarify this, I use to always have the pattern first and then find the fabric to make the garment.  Over the last few years, I find it easier to acquire fabric and then find a suitable pattern.  Thanks to Mood Fabrics’ great selection, I always find fabulous fabric.

 

 

 

This fabric was perfect – the chambray look but so soft with the perfect drape for this style of pattern.  This is important with this style of dress, I sure didn’t want the fabric to be stiff and add fullness to this style.  Now that is the second new for me, I usually don’t do shirt dresses or a looser dress but this one just really appealed to me.

Mood Fabrics' Chambray flannel used to make semi-fitted shirt dress - McCall's 6885

 

I made a few changes, mainly the length of the dress, just look at the side of the shirttail hem.  I added 1-1/2″ to the length of the dress, thank goodness or my side hem might be way too short!  I also added 1″ to the sleeve length, which made the sleeves the perfect length.  This length is probably irrelevant as I don’t think I will ever wear the sleeves rolled down, the  sleeve tabs are just a great feature.

 

Mood Fabrics' Chambray flannel used to make semi-fitted shirt dress - McCall's 6885

 

This fabric is thin so I have a slip on with this dress for modesty sake.  With the weight of the fabric in mind, I used interfacing on both sides of the collar and undercollar, a tricot knit interfacing to be specific.  I am pleased with this decision, the two layers gave the collar some substance.  I also cut the undercollar in two pieces on the bias.

Mood Fabrics' Chambray flannel used to make semi-fitted shirt dress - McCall's 6885

 

I started sewing on this dress Sunday and guess what?  I didn’t have enough thread to construct and topstitch.  Anyone else have that happen?  A show of hands, please!  My solution, to use a gray to construct and the perfect match thread for topstitching and buttonholes.  I ran out of thread when sewing on the last button.  If I had more thread I would of added 2 more buttons and buttonholes, which I will do after a thread purchase.   And I really need another button for the bust pull, too.   Photographs tell us so much about our projects.

Mood Fabrics' Chambray flannel used to make semi-fitted shirt dress - McCall's 6885

 

This dress is just so fun to wear and I know I will wear it with a belt most of the time but without the belt is just so easy and fun.  I did put a red cardigan on with the dress and loved the look but none of my pictures were in focus.  You will just have to take my word!

Mood Fabrics' Chambray flannel used to make semi-fitted shirt dress - McCall's 6885

I am so happy I tried a new look for me.

 

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Comments


  • Debbie Iles
    October 15, 2014

    That’s a really cute dress. Looks very comfy and practical too – which in my books is a big win. I know that fabric. I ordered a swatch a while back so I can imagine how soft the dress is. Great for Autumn, but I can see the style looking really nice with tights too.

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thanks, Debbie, it is nice fabric and was good for this dress. You are right the dress will look good with tights and maybe a big cardigan, too.

  • Ginger
    October 15, 2014

    What a cute dress!! I love it!!!!!

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thank you!!

  • Beth Conkwright
    October 15, 2014

    Cute Lori, would look good with leggings in the winter too.

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thanks, Beth, leggings would be perfect for the winter.

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 16, 2014

    What a fun use of fabric, Lori! ……. and a great use of fabric!

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah, it is a fun dress and different style for me.

  • Fiona
    October 16, 2014

    This is a great look on you Lori! What a wonderful wearable addition to your wardrobe

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thank you, Fiona, and you are right it is a good addition to my wardrobe.

  • Fran Giacobbe
    October 17, 2014

    Wonderful choices of both fabric and pattern. Styling is very current, too!

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thank, Fran, I thought it was a fun style.

  • Sallie
    October 17, 2014

    What a lovely, practical, and comfortable looking dress! I personally love this sort of silhouette – it’s my go to most days! And chambray flannel just sounds like an afternoon nap in fabric form!! Total win!!

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Sallie, oh an afternoon nap sounds perfect for flannel! This dress is sure a winner. Thanks again.

  • DebB
    October 20, 2014

    Really cute outfit!! Great job.

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thank you, Deb, The dress and boots are a good combination.

  • Peter
    October 21, 2014

    This is really cute, Lori. There’s something about chambray I just love — the color, the softness, the homey-ness (is that a word)? I think I may need to whip up something similar for myself, only shorter.

    • Lori
      October 23, 2014

      Thank you so much, Peter, I agree there is something about chambray. Maybe the vintage look and feel, that makes us feed so good. Can’t wait to see your fabulous and shorter creation!

  • Susan Simon
    October 27, 2014

    For the pull at the bust, try a snap between buttons!

    • Lori
      October 28, 2014

      Thanks, Susan. I am going to add more buttons.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 29, 2014

    Love this soft look on you – and lovely fabric and pattern match. I’m looking for some easy-wearing dresses these days as our weather heats up…. this is super tempting.

    • Lori
      November 3, 2014

      Thanks so much, Lizzy, it is a great dress.

  • Alicia @ Pandora Sews
    November 12, 2014

    I made this dress end of Summer to wear for Labor Day in the sleeveless version same view as yours. I added 4 inches of length (I am a plus size gal and no one wants to see that much jiggle). I was still pulling at the sides all day long, because my spanx were peaking out. But…it was so comfortable. I have a chambray version in the works too, with leather details, but I have yet to get around to it.