Pattern Description: Shirtdress in two lengths with sleeve, collar and skirt variations has side seam pockets, front and back waistline pleats. View C: contrast collar and sleeve binding. Shown with purchased belts. Instructions included for sash.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No. I modified this pattern as an entry into the RTW 2013 Pattern Review Competition
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! When I used them...
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a great shirtdress pattern and it's a shame it is out-of-print. It has a collar band and a variety of sleeve, skirt and collar options. It's well drafted and a nice easy fit.
Fabric Used: Navy and white cotton/poly gingham
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened the straight sleeve. I added a cuff to the sleeve and turned it over twice to achieve a cute double cuffed look. I set the sleeves in flat (so much easier!)
I turned it into a skirtmaker dress - that is a dress where the buttons finish at the waist and the dress has a zip under the arm so you can get out. I simply baasted the front closed, attached the skirt pieces to the front and back, inserted the invisible zipper and then sewed up the side seams.
I wanted to create a pleated skirt to the Shabby Apple Overboard dress I was copying. for the competition. I created my own skirt pieces. I did this by simply pleating the fabric using the navy gingham squares as a guide. I set the pleats so they met at my centre waist and spine. It created a cute visual 'waistband'.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I really enjoyed this project and it was the first time I had sewn a collar band and it was much easier than I thought.
I finished this dress and then wore it all weekend!
Gingham shirtdresses are gorgeous!
Conclusion: A really lovely dress pattern that I am sure I will use again.
I struggled to get identical copycat photos as we have just endured a flood, our jetties and waterfront are a mess with our region being declared 'a natural disaster zone'. Mother Nature had her own ideas for this photo shoot!