This is one of my favorite shirts. I like the collar, the gathering at the back, the big soft sleeves. My version of McCall 6648 is a size 6 made in soft white cotton. It takes quite a bit of fabric for a shirt, but it is worth it, I think. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. A beginner sewer with patience could make it without too much difficulty, since the fit is very forgiving. I did faux flat-fell seams on the sides and sleeves and edge-stitched the collar and button placket. The buttonholes are stitched by hand, and the buttons are flat, clear plastic. I found the set of them at the thrift store, still on their card. The only change I would make the next time I make this pattern would be to make the cuffs on the sleeves slightly larger. When I tuck in my blouse the cuffs are tight enough to make my range of movement limited if I try to raise my arms too high. A minor problem and one easily fixed, but if you are making this blouse for the first time, you might want to double-check how large the cuff is compared to your arm before you sew it on.
I am wearing my McCall 6648 shirt with yet another version of Simplicity 7880, this time made in black cotton. Although you can’t see it in these pictures, this particular skirt goes down almost to the floor.
This is how Gia feels about our sewing. Why aren't you petting me? She wonders.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew