Thursday, 2 October 2014

Minerva make - McCalls 6898

Florals – a classic style choice when Spring comes to Sydney. And Spring is here and so is my latest floral shirt using a lovely floral print and clever buttons from Minerva Crafts using McCalls 6898.
McCalls 6898 shirt and Vogue 1204 jeans
This is an 'unassuming' shirt style ie. plain. Although it's almost Laura Ashley meets military style. 
I love these buttons.
Styling advice for petites usually states using small prints. I’ve seen this advice a lot so when I saw this print at Minerva Crafts in June the colours and print drew me to it.

This fabric washes nicely, irons easily, is lovely to work with and easy to wear all day. This print comes in four colourways and I was really tempted to use the purple colourway but this red/blue/cream combo won out. These colours seemed to reflect the English countryside we were experiencing at the time.

The real reason I wanted to use this fabric was to include it in my business casual gear but to also team this with suits too. Hence using the long sleeves and simply the collar band.

Back to the pattern
This gem has A to D cup sizes so if you’ve been forced to do an FBA on most patterns, this is a handy pattern to have in your stash. I gravitate between B and C sizing so I’ve used C size so that I don’t feel restricted during the day. Yes there a bit of room in this shirt but because it’s for work, I like to wear shirts that don’t cling to me. Personal preference.

Length changes
This was easy but needed some thought. I’ve shortened the sleeve just below the elbow to keep the markings for the cuff.

I’ve taken the length from the lower pieces again to keep the hip shaping. Here's a link to the petite tech post for this pattern. It's pretty straightforward (simple) to achieve.
Used french seams and bound the sleeve seams together.
Pleats or gathers?
I chose pleats again. I’m not a 'gathers gal' at the best of times but this fabric gathers nicely.

Buttons
These are so cute and they just about match the size of the print. They’re adorable to me. And you really can’t see them with this print.

See how the buttons blend into the print.

How could I resist a sign like this???
The fabric is such a good shirt weight, both this pattern and fabric would lend themselves to a shirt dress. I intend on using this pattern again by extending the hem for a dress.

28 comments:

Louise said...

very pretty! it's funny to think you're just heading into spring whilst we're busy bedding down for autumn and winter here in the UK :)

Sam said...

This is perfect Maria and looks great with your red trousers/jeans. Looks like you're getting some lovely Spring weather too.

beajay said...

That is a gorgeous shirt Maria. The shape is wonderful. I would never have picked it from the pattern pic - you have a good eye. It is now on my list. Good choice for the fabric.

Gail said...

Love the shape and think micro print florals suit you so well.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Gail. This floral was easy to work with too.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Beajay. This shirt creates a waist even when you don't believe you have one:)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Margo.

Velosewer said...

We've had a few 30degree C days here already and more are on their way:)

Velosewer said...

You're always welcome to escape and visit Australia!

Sarah Liz said...

I thought the floral looked English - they do some wonderful florals, often small (a lot of English are petite, moi included!) the colours are just gorgeous. Perfect blouse :)

Measure Twice Cut Once said...

This is going to be the best summer blouse, lightweight enough to battle the heat but the sleeves and collar make it good for the office too.

KaSchu said...

A very pretty shirt and fabric. I really had to look hard for the buttons.

Amanda Adams said...

Such a great summer shirt here, Maria! Check you and your floral awesomeness out!

Lori said...

Maria, this is a beautiful blouse and the fabric is a pretty print. Great job.

Tomasa said...

Such a beautiful blouse! I may have to get this pattern.

Kyle said...

I love those buttons too-they are my favorite style!

Sharon said...

A very pretty blouse and love how the buttons match the fabric so well.

Fabric Epiphanies said...

Such pretty fabric! I really like the fitted style.

Velosewer said...

So glad you like this:)

Velosewer said...

They're so cute.

Velosewer said...

They're such classics.

Velosewer said...

Thank you so much Lori.

Velosewer said...

You'll love it I think:)

Velosewer said...

Oh you!

Velosewer said...

They are hard to spot.

Velosewer said...

I think you're right about that.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sarah Liz.

Joanne Roberts said...

You could wear that with anything in those colour, what a fabulous shirt. Jo x

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