I have hankered after a plain, navy, classic sort of shirt dress for ages now. I think it is a useful sort of dress to have in the wardrobe.
The pattern I used was Vogue 8797, which has been on my list to make for a few years now. I think the pattern is still in print :
This is an open collar shirtdress - by which I mean, the collar is not mounted on a collar band. I find this is a bit cooler to wear in summer, and can be quite flattering to the face, as it opens up that area under the face nicely. I just don't like making them, as I find the finish is not quite so professional as a collar stand. It's the way the collar is turned under and slip stitched, but I go over with machine stitching and get everything firmly anchored in place.
I used a cheap Spotlight cotton, I think it was Prima homespun. Just a little lighter than Spotlight's broadcloth. I'm not fond of it, but it is not expensive, and for the first version of any garment I tend to use a cheaper fabric. Then if I like the pattern, it gets put aside as a TNT for future use in a good fabric.
And, also, where I live at the moment, in regional, coastal, Newcastle, these casual fabrics are good enough.
So now is the time to test patterns :).
I made a quick muslin, since binned in my post garment tidy up. I only muslin to about high hip - just to check the sleeve head fits, and that the overall fit is going to work.
I cut size 8 shoulders, armholes and neck, and graded to size 10 at the side seams. I used the short sleeve from the shirt, as I am making a summer dress. And I used the length provided. I measured the length, and it was going to be just right. I added pockets inside the side seam. I omitted the top buttonhole, as I did not think it was necessary. And I made a tie belt. I can also wear this dress with a leather belt if I want to.
Then I made the dress up. It was a simple, straightforward make, with no complications. Except for my dislike of this sort of collar :). I added top stitching and edge stitching to most areas.
And once again, I used a piece of lawn to line the yoke. It's lighter to wear.
Overall. I like this pattern, including the length, and it will be made up again one day in something nice.
Showing collar and top of yoke. Collar is edge stitched, as is the front facing. I top-stitched the yoke panels:
And yes, the yokes do match up- and buttonholes and buttons do too:
Inside the pocket - the back of the pocket is the garment fabric, and the front is poly cotton. I used black, so it matches the yoke lining. Also, it is dark, so it won't show if the pockets gape:
And the hem - just a double turn hem of a 5/8 inch allowance
Very easy to make. And easy to wear:
Looking very serious here, with my glasses on, and hand on hip:
My husband says sometimes I can be quite a force to be reckoned with. He says it's because I am not very big, and I am going to be quite a wicked old lady.
WHO, Little Me????
Hmm, I will have to think about that. I am not amused...
That was a bit of fun. I just couldn't resist using those rather dubious pictures to make up a funny little story. Aren't selfies on a self timer so hard to get right? I was at that point running backwards and forwards to the camera - hence the glasses on and off and the caught on the run photographs.
And atrocious lighting to boot...
Oh well, time to go and scare DH....
Back next week, take care everyone,