Shirt dress: Obsess much?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

So, last month I purchased some cotton shirting from JoAnn (see this post) with the hopes of making a shirt dress. I couldn't decide between Simplicity 2246 or McCall's 6506. I chose neither. Why? I just wasn't feeling S2246 and I'm waiting for the right fabric to come along for M6506. I had a third option, a vintage pattern I found on etsy, Butterick 4698:

I loved the tie belt. The 70s collar, not so much.

I made a muslin and it was a failure, mostly due to the darts. You see, I've suffered from an alarming amount of "dart fail" lately. Argh. Anyway, I was annoyed and tossed my shirting fabric off to the side. A couple of weeks later while digging through my pattern bin, I came across Simplicity 2339. I had forgotten that I had already modified the pattern (turned it into a dress) and muslined it. I never made it -- I think I was waiting for the perfect fabric.

Well, the shirting turned out to be the perfect fabric. And since I was so in love with the tie belt from B4698, I decided to add it.

 I can't quite remember all of the adjustments that I made to Simplicity 2339 as I made them over a year ago:
  • The shirt was extended 16" from the hem to make it a knee-length dress.
  • I made it A-line.
  • I made view A, size 20 C cup but I should have made the shoulders a size 18. I also included the back darts.
  • The sleeves were shortened 11 1/4".
The shirting was fabulous to sew. I wish JoAnn carried more shirtings like this one. It was soft, yet crisp, not too thin and 100% cotton.

Just look at that collar/placket. Not too shabby.

Will I sew this one again? YES. It is absolute perfection.

Believe it or not, I still have plans for more shirt dresses. They are my favorite after all.

Review: Vogue 1395

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I picked up Vogue 1395 when it was released a couple months ago. It looked interesting to me but I was sure that it wouldn't work because of the elastic waist. I hate elastic waists. Anyway, I put it in the pattern box and forgot about it.

Vogue 1395

For the love of shirt dresses.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I have 3 1/2 yards of this shirting fabric from Joann:

Vertical Stripe Denim/White Shirting

There are two patterns that I want to make with it but I can't decide. Full pleated skirt or simple shirt dress?

A whine and a review.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

So,'s been a while since I've reviewed anything. Honestly, it's been a while since I've sewn anything. And by "a while" I mean like 2 weeks. Yeah, I know. Go ahead, roll your eyes.

Anywho, my sewjo has waned once more. I was starting to fill a bit overwhelmed. My fabric stash has grown a bit. Not too much. It all still fits on the bookcase. But it's just enough growth to overwhelm me. I'm not a fabric hoarder, er, collector. I prefer not to have more fabric than I could reasonably sew. When I feel I have too much and I don't feel like sewing, it just equals fail. Also, my sewing room is a hot mess right now. It's easier to close the door than to clean.

Blah. Sigh. Moving on.

Review: It's Moneta!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

So, by now you've heard that Colette released two new patterns: Moneta and Mabel.

I will admit that initially I was underwhelmed. Then I saw the collar extras and was swayed. I needed a quick sewing win as my sewing mojo fades in and out.

I don't have a stash of knits so I had to take a trip to Pacific Fabrics for some french terry. I've never sewn french terry before. I will have to do it again asap. I feel like I'm wearing a nightgown all day. Very comfy.


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