McCalls 6885: DIY Denim Tunic Dress
Hi There Folks,
Well, winter continues on here. I can’t complain too much: the winter so far in this corner of the world has been relatively mild. But it’s still quite cold, wet and windy. I wanted a couple of casual, throw on dresses that I could layer over tights and boots. And also, more loose fitting in style.
Enter McCalls 6885. This is described as a semi-fitted pullover dress, which should have a collar and collar/ front button bands. You will notice on my version that I decided to omit the collar to give a more grandad style collar.
Here’s the back view. I decided to add the waist ties, which I made from self fabric. Those fabric ties were designed by the devil himself. I spent more than an hour trying to turn them the right way round (using a pair of tweezers!) and my ties are shorter than the pattern indicates. Just saying. You will also notice I added a back yoke with some topstitching.
Here’s the inside of the yoke, which I cut from cotton.
I decided to add hammer on denim buttons. I wish I had thought more about my thread colours. I did the topstitching in brown, but the seams (and subsequent buttonholes) were sewn in white. Ah well. I also flat fell seamed the arm seam that gets folded over.
I actually love wearing this. It’s just so easy to pull on and go. I love the loose, casual fit and the very soft denim. I wish I had been able to get it in a darker wash, but this is all my local market had. Next time!
Semi-fitted, pullover dresses have collar, collar/front bands, front pleat and narrow hem. C: purchased belt. D: pockets, tie ends and long sleeves with button tab. Shaped hemline B, C and rolled sleeves D: wrong side shows. Lined hat has top, crown and brim.
I made view D.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Although I omitted the collar.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the loose casual fit and the pullover style. I can see this dress being made in so many different fabrics. Nothing to dislike. Although be warned, the sides of this view are very short. If I was going to make this to wear in the summer and wanted the shaped sides I would lengthen.
A very soft, lightweight denim.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added a back yoke.
I did a 1 inch sway back adjustment.
I shortened the sleeve length by an inch?
I omitted the collar.
I flat fell seamed the sleeve seam that gets turned over.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
This is such a great casual dress pattern to have in your collection that can be made for year round wear. I love it!
What do you think? Are you a fan of the looser, tunic style?
Have a great rest of the weekend!