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A shirtdress to come and winter holidays

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As it is getting colder, darker and damper in Berlin I’ve been thinking more and more about summer dresses. Weird, right?

Recently I bought some McCall’s and Butterick patterns on sale for little money and am very eager to try out one dress in particular: McCall’s M6885. I have never attempted to make a McCall or Butterick garment so I was interested what kind of instructions would be included. I was glad to find out that they all come with detailed drawings and explanation. At least compared with Burda’s sparse and often confusing texts with mostly no drawings at all.

I will be making version D with long sleeves and the cute shirt-hem. I love these kinds of hems and I wouldn’t be lying if I was to say that this hem is one of the biggest reason for my determination to make a shirtdress.

I already found a nice fabric for the dress as well, a lightweight but rather stiff cotton. I’m slightly worried about the stiffness but I suspect that a prewash will get rid of that. The fabric was rather inexpensive so I will probably make a wearable muslin out of it if it doesn’t work out as planned.

But for the next week I won’t be thinking about shirt dresses at all as I am headed to the wonderful island of Rügen in North East Germany where I will be spending Christmas with my family by the seaside. There will be no sewing but as far as creativity goes I will surely take a few pictures and look for pretty pieces of amber on the beach, maybe even a drawing here or there.

Happy holidays to you dear reader and I hope you have a very merry time where ever you may be.

x Sarah

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