Here it is! The shirtdress I mentioned from my earlier Chambray post. This is made from 100% cotton and is the stiffest of the chambrays I purchased. It has zero give and does drape, but not as well as the tencel chambray mix.. Andover Chambray Ocean has a purple/aqua crossweave and it is from the same order of my chambray order from Fabric.com.
The pattern is McCcall’s M6885. However it is thanks to Ode to Sew‘s version that I decided to purchase this particular pattern. What she made is exactly what I wanted, but I never ever would have given this pattern more than a second’s glance due to that floral version. Even if they did have a denim line drawing, that floral version repels my eyes away and I automatically move on! Thank goodness for other people who sew so I can see good versions that inspire me.
My muslin was made with a stretch denim. Keep this in mind for later… But for now, I was really unhappy with the curve of that side scoop. I mean it is beyond exaggerated. I felt like I was wearing a long apron. Nope nope nope.
And the final product is still short, but at least it is wearable short. I made the stretch denim muslin and my cotton chambray the same size (12) – but the stretch in the denim made a huge difference. Huge as in I had no problems moving my arms in the muslin, but with the cotton chambray I could not move my arms at all. Thankfully this pattern calls for a 5/8″ side seam, so I unpicked it and resewed it with the smallest seam possible, this giving my arms the ease it needed. Barely. This is no dancing outfit, but I can at least move my arms. In the future I will probably go up a size for the sleeves when using non stretch fabrics.
The side ties are attached to the side seams and not removable. You could keep them off completely and wear a belt, but I’m notorious for throwing on an outfit without adding accessories so I know I needed attached ties or else I’d be wearing a loose sack all the time.
If you cross the ties from the back to the front or from the front to the back, it catches a lot of excess fabric and in this stiff fabric, you get fabric poof. Last thing I want is giant folds and wrinkles behind me, so I tied it from the front only.
One thing I don’t get is how the model’s version go down to her knees. Mine hits mid thigh, but I didn’t think I was that tall! In the future when I remake it I will lengthen it a bit. There are tabs in the sleeves as well as a button so you can roll them up and keep them from falling down.
I don’t remember where my buttons are from, definitely from my past thrifting adventures, but can’t remember exactly where. I love how subtle they are with the star cut out, but I’m most fascinated by the “guaranteed washable” note on the card. I guess that’s a generational thing… I’ve never thought about buttons being anything but washable since growing up everything got thrown into the washer and dryer. In the future I suppose I’ll learn my lesson the day I wash some vintage non washable buttons (it will happen, guaranteed!).
The front pockets are my favorite. I spent a day exploring Los Angeles with an out of town friend and I kept my camera in the chest pocket. After all, the best camera is the one you actually use. And a camera that requires digging around in a purse is not very good compared to a camera that is ready to go right on your front shirt pocket.
And for “winter” in a Californian December, leggings. I wore this a few times in the summer without leggings, but there were moments where it became a bit too chilly. And also a bit too short. Leggings fixed that.
After a filling lunch we decided to have dessert at a chocolate factory in downtown LA. Apparently they’ve only been open 6 months, and the tour was 10$ but well worth it. MAST chocolate is known to be very hipster and has a bit of a scandalous history… but ignoring all that, we enjoyed ourselves greatly during the tour.
Especially the fact that you get to taste a cacao fruit! Not the whole thing, but still, I’ve been on many chocolate tours and this is the first time the actual fruit has been offered to me. In addition to all the explanations about the chocolate making process, there were definitely samples. We left a bit fuller than planned – after all, needed to eat at the minimum the cost of our entry fee in chocolate.
Since I was in downtown LA, and it was 4:15PM, which meant… a quick stop at FIDM Scholarship Store. And I do mean quick. It closes at 5pm on weekdays, and we arrived at 4:35pm which gave me a scant 10 min to raid the fabric area (fabric closes at 4:45pm). At 1$ per yard for most of the fabric, it is impossible to leave empty handed! For those who are unaware, FIDM is the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, a school located in downtown LA. The store is full of donations from fashion companies that are sold at low prices to create scholarships for their students. The inventory changes constantly, but it is difficult to find time to go there since they close so early.
Afterwards we headed to the Broad museum because it closes at 8pm. When in LA, even if you are done at 5pm it is pointless to go home due to traffic. Thus an evening at the Broad to kill time was perfect.
After that we were even luckier because it was a Thursday, and Thursday evenings 5-8pm at MOCA across the street is free! I love it when impromptu plans work out perfectly.
Then off to West Hollywood for a light dinner at M Café to counterbalance all the burgers and chocolate from earlier. McCall’s 6885 was the shirt dress I was dreaming of, and when it became a reality it was indeed the perfect thing to wear while going on a city exploring adventure. It’s a really nice feeling to go from looking at an outfit in a store -> not finding a version that fits -> finding the fabric -> finding the pattern -> pulling buttons from the stash -> putting it all together -> actually wearing it. That is why I sew!