Some random thoughts after wearing McCall's 6506 shirtdress:
The dress is comfortable to wear even though the fabric has no stretch to it. If you have a thick back, I recommend that you make a muslin to test.
Waist is marked on the skirt pattern. This means that the belt is supposed to be slightly above waist, but mine sits at waist. I probably should have shortened bodice additional 1/2 inch or so. However, I think tying the belt at waist is more comfortable than doing so at above waist.
The waist darts are supposed to be folded outside. I folded inside because I did not care for outside darts. This change did not affect the fit at all.
Skirt hits at knee. If any shorter this print may look a bit childish for 40-something woman. I may shorten the skirt if I use more mature fabric.
On pattern envelope the collar looks too big for my taste. I cut off its long edge about an inch. Even after that I still feel the collar is big and dress looks little too 70's. Now I see why. I had to alter the shape of the collar, not just trimming around the long edge. I like this collar on Oscar de la Renta:
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Oscar de la Renta Lace Print Shirtdress
Be warned: The skirt is easily blown up by the wind!
Overall, I like this pattern. It is great addition to casual daytime wardrobe.
Until next time, happy sewing everyone!