Ok, so here's a fact, collars maybe don't suit me. Well some collars. It appears if it is a bulky collar/high collar I should avoid it. I had my eye on this McCall's pattern for awhile and thought it was a pretty awesome idea to be a shirt dress, but with elastic at the waist. Also the high waist makes it super comfy. This was the first time I wore the frock, the second time was probably better with some navy blue tights. I almost looked a bit hip, almost.
Now, I know it does look a little bit like a maternity frock in the photos. I think I didn't get enough good photos before I left for work so it is what it is. The fabric does scream a bit of school uniform on top of that. It was a cotton/rayon from Lincraft. It's a really love blend, very soft, almost like a knit. I see they currently have the fabric on sale. Unfortunately I'm already noticing pilling under the arms which is a big fat drag cause I'm pretty happy with the dress.
The pattern was very easy to make, sizing was perfect. I didn't have to make any adjustments. It all came together easily and quite quickly apart from the general time it takes to put in collars and button holes. I am definitely going to make the dress again but would doing some adjustments to the collar, either make it smaller or use a pattern for a more rounded collar. It's definitely too bulky for my neck. Still don't understand as a tall person that I don't have the longer neck.
As you can see from the photo on the left, it would definitely be a good maternity dress. I would also consider maybe a sleeveless version next. That way it can worn in summer and also with a cardie in the cooler months. So all in all McCall's 7314 gets my tick of approval.