I’ve been decorating recently. I’ve turned my sewing room upside down and put it all back together again. It looks nice but I’m scared to touch anything as I’ll mess it up. So, to ease myself back into things, I’ve decided to update my poor neglected blog, with all the things I have made since… yikes, April.
One thing I wear a lot (and have made a lot of) is the humble shirt dress. You might have noticed I’ve got a bit of a thing for making shirts, and shirt dresses are no exception. I ended up making a few of them as they are so easy to wear – they go with anything, or nothing if the weather allows. So I thought I’d put together some photos of my favourites.
First off, here is McCall’s 6885 (view D):
I love this dress, I wear it all the time (hence the creases!). It was a total breeze to make, I think my only deviation from the pattern was to flat fell the side seams. The fabric has a lovely sheen to it, it’s a black chambray from The Shuttle in Shipley. Here’s where I’d normally insert a link to the shop but they’re very much not that kind of shop 🙂 they even have a sign on the door asking you not to use your mobile phone whilst you’re in there.
The cuffs are roll up ones with button tabs. I might make this pattern again using full length sleeves with proper cuffs. The collar has a proper collar stand and I used green vintage buttons from Bonds in Farsley, which I talked about here. You can see them a bit better in this photo:
So basically I loved this so much that I made another one, this time in a soft (so soft!) brushed cotton from Fabworks in Dewsbury. Fabworks have got a new website and will shortly be selling online, which is good news for anyone who can’t roll around in their Dewsbury store.
For this one I used pearly snaps, which I love, and again used flat felled seams on the sides just so it wouldn’t unravel from too much wear. Here you can see the shaped hemline which is the same on the previous dress:
And a back view:
Conclusion: V happy, will make again. The next one I am not as mad on, but I always get lots of compliments whenever I wear it (seriously, every time). I think it’s the sleeves that I have a problem with. If I were to make it again I’d probably switch the sleeves for something less pouffy and maybe full length. The shape of it is good, I’ll give it that. It’s the Deer and Doe Bleuet dress:
And the back:
I dunno, there’s just something slightly ‘Call The Midwife’ about it. Are you getting that? Just me? Anyway, last up is the Lisette Traveler dress, 2246. I saw this pattern made up in Ray-Stitch a while ago and I had to have it. I’ve made 2 versions, and this is version B (with the collar of version A):
It’s cute, very short. I don’t think you’re supposed to wear it as a dress (I did, but I think it was possibly a bit obscene, never again). Best over skinny jeans or leggings. Anyway I made it again in a semi sheer fabric. No, not this version, the longer one. Even I have limits. Also I wear a thing underneath it, as it happens:
I like it! I did mock French seams on this one. First time using this technique for me. Basically I sewed it plain (rights sides together) then afterwards decided I should have French seamed it as it was starting to fray. If you find yourself in this position this is where mock French seams come in. You basically take either side of the seam allowance and fold the edges in on themselves then edge stitch it to hold it all together. Very effective but much more faffy than French seams. The only thing I slightly dislike about this pattern is that the collar has a fake collar stand:
Do you see that? It is sort of just part of the collar and you fold it over. It’s not the biggest crime in the world but the collar tends to flatten a bit if you don’t press it firmly. If I was going to make this again (and I do have plans) then I’d maybe pinch the collar from another shirt, like the Granville.
What are your favourite shirt dress patterns? Please let me know if I’m missing anything good 🙂