Which View to Choose?

I’m trying to make a big decision about my next sewing project, McCall’s 6696 – a very popular shirt dress pattern:

6696_cover

Here’s the line drawing:

6696line

Do you think I should do the full skirt or the straight skirt?

Here’s the thing. I have two RTW shirtdresses in the closet. Both are favorite garments. They both have full skirts, but the fullness is achieved with gores – they are not pleated. Because of my small waist to full hip, thigh and rear ratio, the silhouette happens naturally and probably doesn’t need pleats to help it along. The whole effect could veer a bit girly on me. I could, of course, reduce or eliminate some pleats.

The shape of View C and D seems sophisticated and sleek. I could wear this to work. But does it really suit me? I have no dresses like this, because anything sheath-like tends to make me look more pear-shaped. Of course, since I am making this to measure, I can do whatever I want! I would make the 3/4 sleeves of View D to help balance things out.

I have picked out some gorgeous lightweight denim for this dress. I am thinking about using the light “wrong side” creatively on the placket or something.

Finally, I have a dozen cool metal buttons to continue the “sew edgy” look.

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Suggestions and opinions welcome! Thanks!

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

8 thoughts on “Which View to Choose?”

  1. Hi. I’m a pear too and have looked at this pattern over and over – straight and pleats don’t do much for me either. My thought has been to add an a-line skirt of some kind, maybe created from the straight skirt in the pattern?

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  2. I’ve used the full skirt from this pattern and it is very full indeed. Perhaps you could trace off the skirt from one of your favourite RTW dresses, or use another pattern?

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  3. They’re both nice, but personally I think if you’re going for the edgy look then choose the straighter skirt. Having said that I always find that style awkward to wear as you get a lot of strain on the bottom button 😦

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