SWAP #5: McCall’s 6436, size 16, D cup, skull print cotton chambray from Weaver Dee
I took three inches off the length of this [after cutting it out and JUST Squeezing it out of the fabric. Why do I never think about length before I start? Ridiculous.
Apart from that, no changes. All went very well…until I was adding interfacing to the collar and cuff pieces, and managed to slice into the collar itself. Both layers. Fortunately, not being one to bin any scraps, I had JUST enough left to squeak out another, and went on my merry way.
This is a nice pattern, I’ve used it before for the missus in pin-tucked black linen. [Which she has hardly worn- we re-thought it this morning and realised it needs major shortening in body and sleeves to fit her current preferences. Dammit.]
My only quibbles- there’s a two piece sleeve, apparently for the express purpose of leaving a cuff opening. Next time I will cut it as a single sleeve and use the tower placket from Folkwear’s Western shirt, the best placket in the universe [I appear to have done this for the linen version, no idea why I reverted this time, hey ho.] I used French seams throughout, other than the armscye [which I pinked], and they don’t play well with an opening like this. The collar and cuffs are quite deep, which I like. I used tiny buttons so put two on each cuff.
This is one of those patterns where you have to spend a little faff time to get the collar to fit the neck edge without any puckering, but with some stay stitching, extra pins and basting, I did it. Same with the sleeves, they seem WAY too big at first to fit without any mention of gathering or easing, but persevere, they will give in eventually!
I really like this one, and will be cutting out some more immediately, as after years of shirt-dodging, I’m feeling the need for some. I’ll check the length first though- I think this could still lose another bit of length, what do you think?