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...