I am so excited about my most recent make! I've been wanting another shirtwaist dress since the one I made almost two years ago. This time I used McCall's 6891, which is in my opinion the perfect shirtwaist dress. I find this dress to be really flattering with the neckline and open collar as well as the a-line skirt.
This dress also has long sleeves! I have never had a dress with long sleeves, and this is such a critical need in my wardrobe since I live in Minnesota. I must be a real shorty because I had to shorten the sleeves by over 2 inches, and they are pretty much the perfect length now.
It's funny that in the instructions, it says that this is the perfect three hour dress. Three hours? This dress took me much longer than three hours to sew. Now I did french seam just about everything, hand stitch a blind hem, use hong kong seams on the sides, and basically make the inside even more lovely than the outside. But still, there must be some super speedy seamstresses out there.
I have had this brown cotton in my stash for four years! Yes, shortly after I made my very first dress, I bought this fabric in the hopes of making a 1950s dress. While I never got around to making that 1950s dress, I am delighted that I saved the fabric for this dress.
I love the fit of this dress and how easy it is to wear. I see myself wearing this a lot this fall, especially with different color belts to add a pop of color. A chocolate brown dress is the perfect backdrop for adding a pop of color. What color would you pair with a chocolate brown dress like this?