Lavender Floral Shirt Dress


Retirement Celebration Dress

Mccall's 6696Fabric: 100% cotton from Beverly’s half off table (5.00 @ yd.) Lavender Floral Print
Pattern: McCalls 6696
Year: contemporary
Notions: thread, buttons
Time to complete: off and on for the last 3 weeks
First worn: May 23 for our Retirement Dinner hosted by our local school union!
Total price: $15.00 I have a teacher discount card that gives me an extra 15%. Will I still be eligible when I retire?

Over the last 3 weeks, I’ve been working on this special dress to wear to my husband’s  and my retirement. I’ve taught for almost 20 years, and then before that I worked as a teaching assistant for 10 years. I’m ready to move on to other more enjoyable activities such as traveling, gardening, sewing, reading, camping, cooking, walking, more sewing, blogging, and spending time with family and friends.


You can tell I’m a happy girl!

This was a great pattern to put together, I love the fit and the look. It’s so flattering. I’d also like to try the full skirt version. The reviews have been good on that one. It lays flat around the hips because the fullness is pleated. However, I really like the more fitted look and it takes less material.


The yellow centers of the flowers match my door.

We had a lovely time together with our dear friends and colleagues at the local steakhouse. My hubby has MC’d the program for many years and it was fun to see him up there telling jokes and being such an entertaining guy. We all toasted the seven retirees and shared what we would be doing during the next phase of our lives. I know I’ll be having a great time in the company of my husband and all of my daughters and granddaughters. A fellow retiree is now a new neighbor of mine, so we’ll have a lot in common.


I’ve already found a fellow sewer and quilter who is also retiring, and we’re starting a group! How cool is that? Although I will miss the kids and all of the fun technological know-how that I used at school and shared with colleagues, I won’t miss all the changes to the new Common Core Standards. I’m impressed and happy about the new changes, but I’m not up to doing all the work it takes to do it justice. I’ll let someone younger and with more energy have a go.


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Here’s to a summer vacation that won’t end in August. Oh, the possibilities!

About SeamQueen

Seamstress, Sewist, Artist, Fashionista, Quilter, Upcycler, Textile Obsessed!
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5 Responses to Lavender Floral Shirt Dress

  1. Far says:

    It’s A Lovely Dress On You 🙂
    P/S:Congrats On Your And Husband’s Retirement! Enjoy The Next Phase 🙂


  2. tifftoffee says:

    Shirt dresses are my biggest weakness! This is a great dress, good job :).


  3. foamofdays says:

    Lovely dress! The fabric, the fit – just perfect!


  4. Amie says:

    Very nice work, so cute and flattering. Congrats on retirement, what an accomplishment.
    I enjoy your blog, thanks!


  5. liese2012 says:

    Congratulations to you and your husband! Great photo of the two of you, and spiffy dress too.


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