McCall's 7470 Corduroy And Flannel

The coldest season in Japan is coming. I made my dress and shirt using warm winter fabric.


 I used McCall's 7470. I didn't have a basic shirt pattern, I loved this pattern at first sight, so I bought it in a snap. I am glad that I bought it now. This pattern has a shirt version as well as medium and long length dress versions. I made my shirt (view A) and medium length dress (view C) from it.

I used a plaid flannel. I compared the plaid shirt which I made with my Calvin Klein shirt (size S: it's my normal size). I thought it was a lot LONGER than my normal shirt. I shortened the front (and back) of length by 1 1/2 inches and the side by 2 3/4 inches. I have a pear shaped body. The side seems shorter, it's easy to move and looks thinner, I think. I also shortened the sleeve length by 1 1/2 inches and raised the waist line by 1/2inches.
This instructions said to make two button holes in each cuff, but I made only one button hole. I also shortened the distance between the buttons. I sewed seven buttons (the instructions said five buttons) to the front band.

I love the pleated chest pockets, but these are VERY big. When I attached the pockets to the bodice, then I thought something was wrong. The pockets and flaps are too large to sew to the bodice parts. I barely managed to sew them! Next time, I will cut these pocket and flap pieces smaller.

I made it with a soft corduroy cotton. I shortened the sleeve length by 1 1/2 inches and raised the waist line by 1/2 inches. I also shortened the distance between the buttons. I sewed nine buttons (the instructions said seven buttons) to the front band because I thought that seven buttons would not be enough. When I've bent my body, it's never shown my under wear due to increasing the buttons. I didn't make a waist belt, this time.

If you don't have a basic shirt and shirt dress pattern, I recommend this pattern. I really love it! I am planning another one using a printed corduroy. Maybe I will make a no sleeve version with a linen for summer next year.


Fabric: Shirt 60" 2 1/8yd. Dress 45" 3 1/4 yd.
Total time spent: 14 hours


32 comments

  1. These both look really good on you Eli.I like the way you have used the plaid for the shirt and I think the large pockets are rather cool and edgy! The mustard corduroy really suits you and the pocket details are great. A very useful review ,thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I am glad that you like these. I really LOVE your plaid dress (on your instagram) too:)))

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  2. Wow, I love both of these! The mustard colour of the dress looks great on you. Corduroy was a perfect choice of fabric especially for winter. You look amazing as always.

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    1. Thank you, Olivia! I am very pleased. I love corduroy. It's warm and good for cold weather.

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  3. Both the blouse and the dress look fabulous on you! I like the belt you used for the dress too. Such great 2 pieces added to your wardrobe. I'm going to have to buy this pattern now. I would like to make a shirt dress for myself one day. I especially like how this pattern has the option of a shirt.

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    1. Thank you, Shirley! I recommend this pattern. If you make one from this pattern, please show on your blog.
      P.S Chest pockets (and flaps) are too big for me(*_*)

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  4. Lovely items to add to a winter wardrobe. It looks like this pattern can easily be adjusted for a better fit.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Rianna. I am very pleased.

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  5. The colors look great on you and you seem to rock the pockets! LOVE IT!

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    1. Thank you so much, Georgia! I love these pockets too:)))

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  6. So pretty! It looks great on you.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, stacy!

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  7. Sewing Cappuccino1/27/2017

    LOVE this dress! Your version is so much better than the one on the envelop.

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    1. Thank you, Sewing Cappuccino! I am happy that hear from you:)))

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  8. Both pieces are perfect on you! Thank you for the tips, too. I may have to try this pattern. I have noticed many pockets for shirt patterns seem too large. I want to make the Grainline Archer shirt but those pockets need to be made smaller first.

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    1. Thank you for reading Justine! I am very pleased. I would recommend this pattern to everyone. I'm just making a dress from it now, I cut the pocket pieces smaller than normal:)

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  9. These both came out very nicely and they both look very wearable. Plaid seems to be everywhere in the SF bay area -- if you should visit San Francisco, you'll fit right it!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, betty! I've been to SF bay area before, it's lovely place. I would like to go there again.

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  10. Really love both of them. Beautiful garments and I am sure you will wear them a lot. Happy Sewing!

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    1. Thank you, Hana! I look forward to seeing your next project. Happy sewing a lot:)

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  11. The mustard colour of the dress looks great on you.
    You look amazing as always.
    My friend, do you have an instagram account?

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    1. Thank you for reading, aysel! I am happy that hear from you. Yes, I have an instagram account and would love to see your photos. Please follow each other. https://www.instagram.com/elicat_diy

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  12. I love both pieces. I really like the plaid placement of your shirt. And the dress is simply gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Tomasa! I really love this shirt and so proud of it:)

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  13. Hello, I didn't realise you had a blog. Glad you left a comment on mine or I would not have known. I love both of your garments - plaid is always such a winner, and the shirt dress is looks so soft and warm and touchable.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Sarah! I was glad that I found your blog. I love both of these garments too, they are very useful.

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  14. the perfect shirt dress... nuff said

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  15. Gorgeous winter pieces!

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    1. I appropriate that. Thank you!

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  16. These look fantastic! I think the pockets look cute that size. Your sewing looks so professional I'm impressed as always :)

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    1. Thank you Jan14! I am very pleased:) Your comment is encouraging me!

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