Sunday, 27 October 2013

Shirtdress to the Rescue

Hello, my name is Chloe and I have eighteen pairs of tights. 

And have not worn a dress or skirt in the fall or winter more than a handful of times in the past, oh, four or five years. Cue my latest creation, Simplicity 1755. This is a shirtdress with a few nice details: raglan sleeves, an in-seam opening at the centre front neck, and a nicely pleated skirt. And suitable for wearing with tights.


As my above tights admission may tell you, this shirtdress is a bit of a stretch for me, stylewise, but I loved the raglan sleeves and the collar, and decided to mix it up a bit. 

I also loved the small midriff band, which, as it turns out, was in my imagination. The pattern description "dress in two lengths and TIE BELT" was not enough for me. I think the technical drawing is a bit misleading as well, since it appears that underneath the belt is a waistband. Not so. However, I didn't let that stop me, and added the missing piece in myself. And I am so glad I did, as the waist/midriff band supports the skirt pleats really well. After shortening the bodice along the lengthen/shorten line, I used the bottom of that line as my seam line, and made the pattern piece into two separate pieces, the bodice and the midriff.

Don't be fooled. It's a belt!


The fabric is a lightweight cotton sateen, and handled really well. It also holds wrinkles well, which is a bit unfortunate. The bodice is lined with black bemberg I had on hand, and the dress closes at the centre back with an invisible zipper. Sidebar: I have never experienced such a tricky time putting one of these in! But the zipper tape seemed to be warped, and kept pushing my needle off course. I will definitely check the tapes more carefully next time.

The collar closes with tiny hooks and loops that keep it rolled over into place.

The sleeves have buttons and loops at the cuff.


Aside from adding the missing waistband, I followed the advice of someone on Pattern Review, and pleated the front bodice and lining together. Other than that, I found the instructions nice and clear. Oh, and I did not make the belt. No bows here.


One last pic - I feel a bit like a waitress from the forties, where is my apron?


Til next time...



10 comments:

  1. Great look for you! I can see the waitress slant, lol. But, a very fashionable and well made waitress uniform.

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    1. Ha ha - I wore it to work today, and even put on an apron to protect my new dress! Thanks!

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  2. Beautiful fabric! This looks lovely on you. Don't you hate it when the technical drawing is inaccurate? I guess not everyone studies them...like us.

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    1. I know, I was so sold on the drawing! But I did get what I was after in the end. And I still love the technical drawings - so full of possibilities...

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  3. I looooooove it! The colour looks great on you and so does the style! Well done!

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  4. Thanks very much, I'm on a neutrals kick these days, it seems. And I kind of like it :).

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  5. I think it looks great on you and you can accessorize it to make it more your style. I agree that that drawing is very deceptive.

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  6. Quite different than a lot of the other shirt dresses being made these days...I love it! And the color is great for the cooling weather.

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  7. This is really cute! The pattern envelope didn't do anything for me, but I really like your version!

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  8. I've seen this pattern before and been really intrigued, I love the interesting details. It looks great in this navy fabric and I think omitting the bow belt was the right call, one never wants to look over styled ;)

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