Kitty Chronicle

When Erin announced the Cat Lady Sewing Challenge over at Miss Crayola Creepy, I was pretty jazzed about it. I starting looking up cat prints and scouring the interwebs for ideas. I found this lovely print, which I had lusted after in the past:


The Kitty Chronicle print was available on etsy through Custom Creations, which is located here in Ontario. I messaged the owner for a cut of three yards knowing that I would be using black fabric from my stash for the collar, yoke, button bands, and waistband. The almost simultaneous announcement of the fall of 1000 Shirtdresses by Mary over Idle Fancy cemented the pattern I would use for the challenge: McCall’s 6696. The pattern is making its round in the sewing blogverse right now and I figured I would try out this apparently amazing pattern. This is also part of my FESA 2014 fabulous frocks.


I chose View D for my cat lady dress.

My muslin went really well:

I didn’t bother making the button band, but knew it would fit well. It was my first woven dress in a really long time and I wanted to make it perfect. I did french seams and handsewed the waistband rather than use my usual method of topstitching on the right side and hoping it works. I may have reverted back to that method for the button bands and the collar, but my future version of M6696 will all have handsewn collar facings and button band facings, because it just makes for a much neater and stronger finish.

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Look at those sexy sexy insides. 🙂 This is before I sewed the buttons on.


My buttons are from another etsy seller, Krafty Sian. My favourite thing about my cat is her adorable paws that look like jelly beans. I got pink little paws to sew on the dress:


So adorable, right?! 🙂

Okay, so by now, you probably want to see this wicked dress, right?

Well, heeeeeere it is! *drum roll*

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Psyche! It’s me and the cat. Trinity is NOT an outdoor cat and was pretty upset at being wrangled into my arms and then dragged outside into the outdoors that she calls “the netherworld” (I assume she calls it that). She spent the entire time clawing at me to get away and back inside to her scratch pad, which she sleeps on and doesn’t use to scratch (duh, she has two couches for that!).


Much happier.

Okay, here is the dress sans kitty cat.


I sewed up view D. I usually sew fuller skirts and future versions will definitely be the fuller skirt version. The width of the fabric and the weight (quilting cotton) meant it would never look quite right as a full skirt and really the concept wouldn’t show off the print. Considering I am still trying to sew a perfect pencil skirt, I figured a figure hugging skirt for a shirtdress would look very cool with this print. And I love it.

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I love this dress. Although, confession time: In a race to get pictures taken before the sun set (which it does now at unreasonably early times), I basically just pinned the buttons in place and then took the pictures. I still have to sew them on. The magic of the camera. Also, I am not barefoot. There are just tons of leaves that I should sweep on our back deck. Fall is in full swing here and I’m about to make a 1000 shirtdresses for it.

Other technical parts: I sewed up a size 24 in a D-cup. I made a large bicep alteration to the sleeve and didn’t add the cuff to the sleeve, because I did not like the look after I pinned it on. I also graded up to a size 26 in the butt, because I got junk in my trunk.

For future versions of the pattern, I will be making the fuller skirt. I do love this view and it definitely works best for a heavier weight fabric. I can see it in a lightweight floral denim with contrasting bands and collar again. Hmm….. Maybe….. I feel great in it, but I know I would be more comfortable in the fuller skirt version. More me.

I would also make more button holes than this (I totally ignored the pattern…listen to the pattern, people! I was just in a rush to finish the button holes). I find that I always need a few more buttons to keep the girls inside my shirtdresses. I’ll follow the pattern next time. 😉 I didn’t even look at it. :-S

I see there is some pulling in the bodice buttons which would likely be solved by doing a small FBA in the d-cup pattern. I think I just need about an inch more room to make it a perfect fit.

All in all, I loved making this dress.

A final note, I haven’t posted in a while here. October was insane for me. I plan on making a ton and blogging a ton in November with my bra-making class on the 28th (my birthday!!)/29th at Bra Maker’s Supply. There will be tons to talk about including the round-up of Bimble and Pimple’s sewvember photo challenge. Check me out on Instagram if you miss my posts. I am a frequent poster there and you can often get previews of my makes and adorable shots of my cat and food (mmm, food). Also, the Instagram sewing peeps rock my world.


30 thoughts on “Kitty Chronicle

  1. I think it looks awesome the insides are impeccable & the fabric so cute! I’d like to submit sth for that too, but madness has driven me to nanowrimo this month haha! Love your cat and I think this style skirt is very flattering on you!

    1. Thanks so much! 😀 Oh man, nanowrimo?! You are very brave. October is insane for me every year, so by the time November comes around I feel completely tapped out creatively. I hope you kick ass at it! 😀 I have quite a few friends that do it, including one that writes Nanotoons for it. Check it out:

      1. OMG Andie, thanks so much for your friends nanotoons, it’s hilarious. I fell a bit behind last week, but I think I’m back on track now 🙂 Hopefully I can get some sewing done somewhere in between.

    1. Thank you so much! 😀 The pattern is amazing! I love how it looks great on everyone right out of the package. 😀 Such a great pattern.

  2. I bet you’re going to get a lot of people stopping you just to read your dress!

    Oh, and you should TOTALLY try a full skirt with quilting cotton! I actually really like the stiffness/structure they can add to a full skirt. I made my Cambie with a quilting cotton and I felt like it added a mini-petticoat! The effect is also more pronounced if you go a little shorter.

    1. The problem is that I keep staring at my chest to read the articles! LOL

      That’s a good point, actually, about the quilting cotton. The major barrier for that was the width of the cotton for this dress and the fact that I had only three yards. I kicked myself for not getting a fourth. I have two purple quilting cotton prints in my stash that may just end up as another shirt dress. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion, Nicole. 😀

  3. What a FABULOUS dress, Andie! That fabric is just too, too cool. Also. I love the black bands and collar — they pop so nicely. That was such a brilliant design choice.

    You know, I hadn’t been tempted by the narrow skirted version of this dress yet, but you might have just changed my mind. It looks amazing on your figure.

    1. Thank you so much, Mary! 😀 You should for sure try this version. I think it would fabulous on you, too! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tanya. 🙂 Heheh, magic of the camera indeed. 🙂 I have sewn them on now. I actually have twice as many now after seeing the pulling over the bust in this pic. Definitely need an FBA next time!

  4. Bravo, bravo! May I PLEASE share this photo and link from my blog? Okay, I’ll come clean, you’re there; if you tell me I’ll take you down. But you have GOT TO KNOW, I am dreaming about a frock like this.

    The dress is gorgeous and fun. You are fun. Just a good thing, job, well done my sewing sister.



    1. Of course! 🙂 That’s not a problem. Glad you love the dress so much. I adore it. So much fun and so stylish. 🙂

    1. Thank you, darling! ❤ You should get the fabric it's on sale at right now! 😀

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