Review: McCall's 6436 | Button front shirt

6:15 AM

Date Night Look!

This is McCall's 6436, view D.  The description says: Loose fitting, front and back darts and front band. View D: Collar, collar band and pleated two piece sleeve.    
The most awesome thing about this pattern is that it's sized based on bra cup size.  I used the size 14 and the D cup.  Ladies, you know what that means, don't you?  No FBAs!  And it has horizontal bust darts that I prefer.
I didn't have to lengthen because I made this shirt with the intention of wearing it tucked with this high-waist skirt.  And when I wear it with pants, it'll be untucked.  I found this fabric at Hancock.  It's a pink and black gingham shantung.  It's a poly, but I think it's great.  I'm not even a pink kinda girl, but this fabric called out to me.
And I also found the sleeves to be the right length even though I'm wearing them rolled up.  Notice that I used a black silk dupioni for the cuffs.  This was unintentional.  I didn't buy enough fabric to allow for matching the pattern and ran out.  When I returned to the store, of course it was no where to be found.  There was no way I was scrapping this project, so I just went with black.  It was a "Tim Gunn/Make it work!" moment.  I didn't use the instructions at all, so I can't tell you anything about them.  I've made quite a few button front shirts, so I just went for it.
Wearing:  skirt: ASOS; shoes: Steve Madden; bag: Urban Expressions; Belt: Calvin Klein (old); Cape: Vogue 2924

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51 comments

  1. Classic, conservative, modern and chic, great outfit. Love the shirt.

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  2. HOT.... no other words. Where did y'all go? What did Mr. B look like? Can't just give us half a story.

    Now tell me about the skirt...

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  3. Love the fabric. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  4. Love the fabric. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  5. Wow, Erica, this looks like expensive RTW. LOVE the pink & black combo and I'm not a pink lover either. Great outfit!

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  6. Fabulous date night outfit! Wow!

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  7. This is divine! Really...expensive looking! You really got the vertical stripes lined up perfectly too. Inspiring as always!

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  8. Love this! Perfect for a date night!

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  9. Go Erica! This look is gorgeous.

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  10. Thanks Ladies!

    Serenity, out for drinks.

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  11. I'm loving the shirt too!

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  12. Thanks for the review. Head to toe - you look awesome!

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  13. You are my idol. Can I be you when I grow up? Lovely.

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  14. Smashing outfit. Grat job.

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  15. Thanks Ladies!

    GoneferalinID, http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=FBA+sewing

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  16. I wish I had the patience to work with plaids. Because, I ADORE them. And, I love pink :) Terrific look!

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  17. You are absolutely gorgeous!
    And a great inspiration.

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  18. Sweet! I've been wanting to try a shirt pattern with the different cup sizes, I think this one will be perfect!

    Pearl

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  19. Thanks ladies!

    The cup sizes really make a difference and saved me a great deal of time.

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  20. Love... love this outfit.

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  21. It really is stunning!

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  22. I have been following your blog silently for a while now. Today, when at my local fabric store I was browsing tough the newest Vogue Patterns magazine, I saw our article. Of course I had to buy it, which I haven't done for years.

    Thanks for your great looks and the inspiration that they bring. (I really loved your take on animal print from Jan 7th).

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  23. Thanks Ladies and Aga, don't be a stranger!

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  24. What a beautiful shirt! Tailored style with feminine fabric - perfect combo!

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  25. Great look. I love the black cuffs on the sleeves!

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  26. I saw the first photo and thought Date Night! I scrolled down and I'll be! I love this look and you rock it well!

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  27. You look fabulous! What a hot date you were for date night!

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  28. You look gorgeous :)
    xx
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

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  29. You are a first class, uptown gal! Your shirt is gorgeous, as is the whole outfit!

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  30. That is so cute, I can't stand it! And it comes alive when you wear it, because it didn't make its statement on the dressform - when I saw it on you, it spoke up!

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  31. Ahh, yes! A pattern I love and didn't know about. This is why I love your blog!! I love patterns with cup sizes (I, too, cut a 14, D cup) and I grab them whenever I see one. It's strange how the pattern companies don't make it easier to find them, at least in the online catalogs. Now if only I had the courage to match plaids. :) Your outfit looks fantastic. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  32. I love this look! A bit of sparkle, but so refined.

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  33. As a new sewer, I just googled FBA, FBA pattern, clothing FBA, but got no results. I've since then found the answer. I didn't know to use sewing FBA, just FYI. It was good for me to find out, though, because I am an FBA girl as it turns out- no patterns fit me right and I actually figured it out on my own before reading about it. As a newbie, imagine my confusion when my pattern sizes ran all across the defined pattern.

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  34. You look like a million dollars!

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  35. GoneferalinID, if you feel that you should be doing a FBA, you should look into the book "Fit For Real People". I highly recommend it.

    Thanks Patti!

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  36. I've been meaning to try this pattern myself.

    Question 1: When choosing the size, do you go by your full bust measurement or the upper bust measurement? How does having a variety of cup sizes affect size decisions?

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  37. You pick your size as you would with any other shirt/blouse pattern. And where I would have normally done a FBA, I picked the cup size instead.

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  38. O.K. Learning here. Thank you.

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