#M7470 Winter Shirtdress Inspiration


I’m already starting to dread the long winter months ahead; with the cold comes pants, pants, pants! Come spring I’m so tired of the same ol’ jeans. I’m thinking I’ll break it up this winter with a very cozy but chic winter dress. I think my mom’s new shirtdress pattern M7470 from McCall’s is a perfect classic design that could be paired with a heavier weight fabric for those cold days.


The most obvious fabric option is a cozy stretch wool crepe, or why not even evoke some mens detailing and use a knit or stretch woven wool pinstripe? I found some cool detail inspiration for stripes and plaids by putting the placket on the bias and breaking up the vertical stripes. But what I really want to make this out of is a chic velveteen, maybe even crushed! I was worried about using this fabric because this dress has a lot of awesome seaming and top-stitching details that could get lost in the pile of the velveteen; however after scouring the internet I found a clip of some velveteen pants with top-stitching and proof that it will work! I’ve done some inspiration boards for fabric and styling below for your pleasure, all attached with links so you know where I found them.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

For me it’s important to look at ready-to-wear—you can find inspiration for fabrics that you like and/or stay away from fabric you don’t think works in this type of style. It can be very helpful, and a great cheat sheet and starting point! I picked the below images because they are the closest to the shape, fabric, details and length of the dress I want to make. (I will go with View D with long sleeves, including both breast pockets.)


If you feel like you would drown in a longer shirtdress, this pattern also has a shorter view. Here is some inspiration on fabric and styling for the shorter version.short-shirtdresses

Now to the fabric! Lets see whats on the market—in my opinion the most exciting challenge! You can find links to all these fabrics and more on the “Fall/Winter Shirt Dress” Pinterest board I’ve created for this post:

Wool Crepe options:


Wool Knit Options:


Velveteen Options:

Note: Picture on the bottom right is proof that velvet can take topstitching!

With all of these medium weight fabrics I would use PerfectFuse Medium for a little more body in the placket, sleeve cuffs and top collar.


Lastly, I found some great details that I will think about incorporating, depending on what fabric I decide on. If I do a plaid or stripe I will definitely cut the placket on the bias as Jill Sander did below. Again, depending on the fabric, it could be cool to do a contrast collar like Saint Laurent, and look at those bejeweled buttons! VĂ©ronique Leroy has some interesting western-evoking decorative stitching on the pockets and belt; I also like her collar shape.


Thanks for reading, and now to collecting the supplies!



14 Responses
  • Pati Palmer
    November 17, 2016

    I toured Doris Duke’s home, Shangrila yesterday in Honolulu and the guide was wearing what could be this dress with slide slits almost to the waist over 3/4-length leggings. It was a great warm wearher look. I’m going to start now on that look for next summer!

  • Anne
    November 17, 2016

    Thanks for your wonderful posts! I’m new to sewing and have been watching your tissue fitting videos, they are very helpful. As I’m new to sewing I could really use help from experts like you in choosing styles that look good on my body type. That is, a shirt dress like this I would love to sew, but, could you offer the same pattern, with slight adaptions for body types. So, if you are an inverted triangle – try this sleeve style on this dress etc,.
    perhaps that’s not realistic for you to do but it would certainly help people like me.

    • Pati Palmer
      November 18, 2016

      If you are a triangle, you could add flare to the dress to make it more A-line. Start above the waist and widen the side seams to the hem. You might also learn a lot from our new book Looking Good Everyday by Nancy Nix-Rice. You would learn not only styles that would flatter your figure, but tips for determining your best colors, prints, even makeup. We photographed a lot of real people figure types to illustrate her points. Pati Palmer for Melissa Watson

  • Barbara Moreton
    November 18, 2016

    I think this is a keeper. I love the look,

    I would love to make a blouse with this pattern.

    • Melissa Watson
      November 18, 2016

      Thanks Barbara! It is not shown here but there is a blouse view in the package! Can’t wait to see how you make it!

  • Sandra
    November 18, 2016

    I love this pattern! It is just perfect. Now I must find the fabric. Thanks for sharing the pattern and your tips.

  • Cindy koonz
    November 19, 2016

    Love your posts!

  • TC Ferrito
    November 25, 2016

    Will this pattern work shortened to a tunic length? With leggings or narrow pants? I think so and will try it. I live in Buffalo and pants in winter are a must. The cold and wind are just too much and I freeze in a dress. I will try Patti’s idea of slits in the side seams, as this would look great in a tunic. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Melissa Watson
      November 30, 2016

      Hey TC- This will definitely work with a shorter tunic length, I love the idea of wearing with pants! You could even leave the elastic out for less of a waistline if you want an easier softer look!

  • Elaine
    May 19, 2017

    Melissa, I am really enjoying your posts and especially all your helpful advice and inspirations. I would like to make this dress in a lighter weight fabric as I live in Florida. I was thInking of a plain or pinstripe rayon blend with some spandex. Do you have some ideas regarding a suitable fabric for a hot climate and an online source? By the way, did you make this dress in a velvetine fabric?

    • Melissa Watson
      May 22, 2017

      Hi Elaine! I just got some really great cotton shirting pin stripe fabric from https://www.moodfabrics.com/ and it has a little stretch too which is great if you want a snug fit. I also really love these rayon prints from http://workroomsocial.com/shop/fabric/

      Hope this helps!

    • Melissa Watson
      January 13, 2018

      Hi Elaine, This dress we actually made in a cotton corduroy, thats probably why it looks a little velvety. I’d love it in a light weight wool pinstripe, even for warmer weather or even a cotton stretch sateen. It all depends on the color and print I think. mood fabrics https://www.moodfabrics.com/ is a great online resource.

  • Stephanie
    November 10, 2017

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this pattern (7470). The instructions were very helpful. I measured the way instructed and I feel for me that made all of the difference in the world. I didn’t even need to make adjustments in my pattern because it fit correctly from that one change in how I measured. If I measure that way for other patterns will it be the same?

    Thank you!

  • mary
    September 12, 2022

    Anything related to dress I love it… same as I order something from O2clothing is awesome must check out their collection

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