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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
All fabric allowances are for 60” or 150cm wide fabrics.
I liked this dress because I found the front detail interesting. It is, and it can be flattering, depending on two things: your shape and the fluidity of your fabric. As I age, I find I carry weight in my midsection. I'm not an apple more of a rectangle. This dress looks good on me in a light weight cotton-rayon blend. I made one for a friend, who is more an apple, and it tends to make her look bigger from the side view. I do think fabric choice is very important w this pattern. Very important. For those of us with middle age spread, as long as you stick with light weight and nice drape (nothing stiff), you will be okay.