I am so loving the shirt dress look right now and when I found this super cute grey stripe shirting fabric on my last SAS excursion I knew what it was meant to be. I don't usually use a pattern, but this time I did. Although I did modify it. Kind of a lot. Sorry there's not pics of the process. I was kind of in a rush because I wanted to get it done in time to wear for Easter, but alas, my kiddos were sick so my new dress will have to wait a few more days before making it's debut.
The dress pattern is super cute as is, but I wanted more of a shirt dress look.
The pattern uses a top piece and a skirt piece that you sew together after constructing it.
I didn't want that so I pinned the top pattern piece to the skirt at the length I wanted and cut out the fabric.
I did add a little width in the skirt, but ended up trimming it away because it was too big.
I love when that happens.
It's always nice to be skinnier than you think you are.
The center strip was made with the selvage from the gray stripe.
I cut long strips of the selvage and sewed them together, then created
the simple pleats as I added the top strip which was cut on the bias.
I could sew on some buttons, but I'm undecided.
Buttons - no? or yes?
The sleeves were cut as the pattern directed,
but the flounce didn't really work for me for some reason,
so I added two rounds of elastic thread along the bottom edge.
The waist was 3 rounds of elastic thread.
I put the dress on and used a belt to figure out where I wanted the natural waistline to fall,
then pinned it so I would be able to make a straight line for the waist.
After I took off the dress, I used a ruler and a quilt marking pen to mark the waistline and started sewing.
I'm not sure I want a belt.
Maybe one made out out the same fabric.
I just like the simpleness of the dress.
It did need just a bit of color so I added a super cute mint green polka dot sheer that I also picked up at SAS that I made into a scarf just like the one here.
A plain scarf around my neck didn't work so I tied it around my hair.
Don't you think?
I think I need another one!