What even is time these days? I purchased the fabric in 2016. I bought this pattern in 2015? The buttons? Gifted to me from France in 2005. I had everything but the buttons done in June of 2020 but couldn’t find the buttons in my sewing room that I’d had earmarked for this project until December. I had nowhere to wear this anyway, so it all worked out in the end.
Nakisha of Dressmaking Debacles made a shirtdress from this fabric a lifetime ago and it was exactly what I wanted to make with the same fabric. It just took me four years?
I chose 6891 over the Big Four standard, M6696 because of the open collar. I love 6696, but I didn’t really need a collar stand, because I would never wear it buttoned all the way up with my short neck. I also preferred the skirt here and smooth back. I went with the length of View C as that fits my proportions best.
Alterations: rising hem adjustment, 3″ total FBA (more than I needed), shorten waist 1.5″. I don’t think the waist is low, I just think mine is moving up 😉.
Next time: Bias tape finish instead of the facings.
This version was so successful that I cut out a second with the skirt from M6696 in an aviary print, shared earlier this year.
While I didn’t get to wear this over the summer… and maybe not really in Summer 2021, I did leave the waist larger. I found the original waist a little wide on me and the upper bodice too. I’ve got everything cinched here with a RTW belt. But I didn’t want to make a dress that wouldn’t fit a year or more later, so I left it a little oversize so there’s some room to breath.