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Posted on:4/24/14 4:52 PM
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
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Available for sale on PR: $18.95 Pattern Details
Fabric:Shirting - Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
This pattern includes a number of variations on the shirt dress. Options include sleeveless, short sleeve, elbow sleeve w/tab. Contrast band or shirt tail hem options, as well as a hat.

Pattern Sizing:
I made up a size 10. This seemed to be perfect for a 36" bust in my opinion. There was just the right amount of ease for me- I don't like to be swimming in my clothes. Generally speaking, I go down a size or two from the suggested measurement/size w/Vogue/Butterick/McCall's, since they allow for a LOT of ease.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think the pattern illustration is fairly accurate. Actually, the made up garment on the pattern would have led me to AVOID buying the pattern, but I really like how it turned out in the fabric I used.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, I was able to easily follow the instructions. I particularly thought that the instructions/illustrations for the placket were easy, compared with some other patterns I've used. However, the placket and collar did turn out a little wider/bigger than I like on a shirt, aesthetically.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Pros: I'm really happy about the overall shape. The ease seems to be reasonable with this pattern, and I particularly like how the ties give it a bit more shapeliness. It looks better on a body than on the mannequin.

Cons: As mentioned, I think the collar size and placket band seem a bit large in relation to the rest of the pattern. They just look exaggerated. Also, the placket slopes outward, which makes the lines of the plaid look a little wonky (minor complaint)

Fabric Used:
I used a plaid shirting that I absolutely love. It's got a very cheerful, 50's camp shirt feel to it. I did the pockets and placket on the bias to give a bit more visual interest.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened the shirt tail hem a couple inches in the front and back. I imagine on a taller person the proportion would look right, but I'm 5'4"ish so I just brought it to above the knee.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Would absolutely sew this again! I think it's going to be great for summer, but also will be throwing it over some leggings and boots for the fall. Would look great made up in a variety of prints.

Perfect, simple shirt dress. Great summer project!
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slmstyle said...
Nice job on this dress, looks great!
9/12/14 7:46 PM
valerie sews said...
I see what you mean about the size of the placket but it's cute. I like your choice of material.
8/23/14 9:40 PM
badukitty said...
Love this! !
6/1/14 3:17 PM
JennyQNY said...
love this dress - it looks great!
5/23/14 7:46 PM
chucklehead said...
This makes me happy I bought the pattern. The plaid is so cute, and a vast improvement on the pattern example!
5/1/14 5:38 PM
Nancysewingbskt said...
Thank you all!
4/25/14 4:32 PM
McCallPatternCo said...
Very cute! Nice work with plaid.
4/25/14 1:33 PM
sunnysewer said...
so darn cute, love it for summer.
4/25/14 12:19 PM
charliegirl127 said...
This looks great. Such a fun plaid!
4/25/14 11:06 AM
mending maven said...
Very cute!
4/25/14 7:46 AM
Carobo said...
Cute !
4/25/14 6:12 AM
msschiel said...
Love this! Looks comfy!!!
4/25/14 6:02 AM
KathleenS said...
Looks great. I love the fabric choice. It also looks nothing like the pattern illustration - I expect you'll have won over some people with your version.
4/25/14 2:32 AM
beanchor said...
That plaid matching is great. Cute dress.
4/24/14 10:45 PM
grays08 said...
Very cute - love it in this fabric.
4/24/14 9:36 PM
supizoo said...
Lovely fabric, suits this shirt dress perfectly.
4/24/14 5:32 PM
JTink said...
This turned out great. You did a wonderful job on all that plaid :-)
4/24/14 5:06 PM
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