|Pattern Description: |
Classic straight-fitting shirtdress with patch pockets on the bodice and skirt.
Variations include a shaped hemline, puffed short sleeves, and fuller skirt with seam at waist.
6-14. I made a 10. This has an easy fit.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I've been meaning to make a shirtdress forever! I do have a number of shirtdress patterns, hehe, but I chose to make this one first because I like its simplicity and classic shape. I figured if the pattern worked for me, it'd be a good TNT pattern.
And it is. After I altered the sleevecap/armscye, the fit was perfect. Now, there is no waist shaping in the view I made, so a belt is certainly preferable. I like how belts look, but don't personally like wearing them, so I had to carefully consider what sort of belt would be the most comfortable - something loose and drape-y. So I ended up using some coordinating red fabric from stash for the belt. My husband thinks it looks like a pirate belt! Maybe I'll also make a self-fabric belt.
More photos here.
Red/white striped seersucker.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The sleevecap for this pattern is high and narrow with a full 2" to ease in, as you'd see in a formal jacket or blouse. Otherwise the fit of the sleeve is loose. Interesting combination.
I knew that the sleevecap shape wouldn't work for me - and if you look at the envelope model, you can see that the sleevecap is folding as she raises her arms a bit. With my square shoulders, I find that sleevecap shape to be very uncomfortable, not to mention unnecessary in a casual garment.
So, I used my measuring tape to measure a distance 2" less than the sleevecap (in other words, equal to the armscye length), then placed the tape on the sleevecap in a shallower, wider, sleevecap shape, and redrew the line. As luck would have it, the fit is perfect. It sits smoothly on my shoulders and is very comfortable. (The trade-off with this method is that it creates more ease in the underarm area of the bodice; less fitted there = less formal.)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I love it and would like to make one in denim and maybe even corduroy.
Great, classic dress.