McCalls 9635, a shirtdress with a difference!

by Bex on May 4, 2013 · 9 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I call it the shirt dress with a difference, because, well, its a little bit different!

Here’s the original from 1953:

And here’s my slightly modified version:

My version uses a stretch cotton sateen to get a nice fit – and a self drafted circle skirt. I have a strong feeling the pleated wiggle skirt in the original wouldn’t be flattering on anyone with a tummy!

The pattern is so easy, and the dress fits wonderfully. I’m definitely going to make another version! As always, the full story on my blog

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Evie May 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I had to share your blog recently with my mother. She’s a big fan of your wardrobe, and we both agree that you really know how to dress your body/shape very well. You always look so cute! I love the polka dot details on this dress. Such a simple but fun touch!


Bex May 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Aww thank you! x


Miss Virginia May 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

It looks adorable!! You did a fantastic job! It suits you really well :)


Rohan May 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

Gorgeous dress! And gorgeous cat in the background!


MariaTamara May 5, 2013 at 6:00 am

Fantastic dress and outfit:) and you have very nice cat!


mariebayarea May 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

I love your dress. The polka dot collar and sleeve detail are very charming.


Stephanie May 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

So cute! I love the polka dot collar!


Inkdork May 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

As Evie said, you always look put together and well dressed for your body type. I love the contrasting collar and cuffs on this dress, especially since they’re polka dots!


BeaW May 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Very sweet! The polka dot details are really making the dress stand out. This looks like a great staple dress and you styling is to die for.


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