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You’ll L-O-V-E this figure-flattering shirtdress,
perfect for blouse or shirt-weight weight fabrics
like cotton shirting, chambray, crepe or linen.
Use a woven with a little added stretch if you’d
like, but do also consider a stable knit with a
little body, like silk(y) jersey, ITY knits, double
knits like ponte, or a lightweight French terry.
Semi-fitted, button-through shirtdress has a
faux shirt-style shawl collar and an optional
invisible side seam zipper. 3/4 length sleeves
are finished with a slit and a deep hem facing;
the skirt hemline finishes j-u-s-t below the
knee with a narrow hem. Dress has a very
slightly raised waist seam and a twisted front.
This is the very definition of a throw-on-and-go
dress; it’s easy to dress it up or down for day,
night, work or the weekend, and depending on
the season and your fabric choices, this one
works with boots, shoes, sandals and sneakers.
All sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26 will need
around 3 1/2 yards or 320 cm fabric. you will also
need around 1/4 yard/23cm interfacing plus 7 X 3/8”
or 1cm diameter buttons.
All fabric allowances are for 60” or 150cm wide fabrics.
I am not a beginner sewer but I found this pattern challenging. Could I make a plea for more botches and,especially for this twisting pattern, more labelling e.g gather here, right hand upper side,, and on the shawl collar - which I hadn't done before. My "muslin" was cotton of the same weight I'd normally use and so (assuming no major problems) you get a wearable item at the end too. I have found using cheap thin fabric to do this a false economy as the hang is different. This pattern, I think, would benefit from fabric with less body as there is a lot of fullness in the twist to lie nicely and still get the lower half to button up neatly. I've sandwich loved this by not bothering with buttons, there is plenty of overlap to cope. I am pleased with the result and will make more next spring. May also make a collarless version.