Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to make my favorite and most made dress pattern, McCalls 6696 Shirtdress in a tartan fabric, with so many pieces to pattern match, cutaway pockets, yoke, bodice, wasitband, sleeves, cuffs, buttonband and gathers and darts to think about (or not in is case).
Nearly matched the pockets.
When cutting out I though a lot about matching the pattern across and down, but didn’t take into account the effect the gathers and darts would have on the back of the dress.I cut the wasitband, yoke, buttonband and cuffs on the bias, mainly to save on the pattern matching!
I altered the sleeves by adding a simple cuff cut on the bias instead of the wing cuffs.I feel I should have cut the pattern so the dominant black lines were centralised on the back and more equal on the front. I also had a problem with the gathers and darts on the back of the dress as the pattern disappears.Ah and the buttons, these grey ones were my original choice, but I have lost them, yep lost in the depths of sewing room so I gave up looking for them and used some from my button tin, I can’t remember where they came from!
Overall I am pleased with the finished dress in that I wanted a cosy winter tartan dress and that’s what I have but disappointed that I didn’t think it through more, but its a lesson learnt on the great sewing experience!
The fabric is a grey and turquoise polyviscose tartan fabric from Oh So Crafty.
And if you are interested in the difference between tartan and plaid……..
Plaid’s original definition is ‘as a woolen cloth having a checkered or tartan pattern’ It evolved to mean any such checkered or tartan pattern.Tartan’s first definition is a ‘woolen cloth woven in stripes of various colors at right angles to form a rectangular pattern; also, the pattern and design of such a cloth’.
So now you know!