Today is a quick share of my most recent make: a button down shirt dress made using Simplicity 8014. This is my second time making this shirt dress. You can see my first version here, made using an African wax print. This time round the main alteration I made was doing a 5/8ths inch FBA which made the whole dress fit so much better.
Here’s my first version. Yes, I know it looks much more eye catching, and it has been worn, but truthfully, it needed an FBA.
The fabric is a soft brushed plaid flannel that I bought from Paron Fabrics (no longer in existence? 😦 ) when I went to NYC a couple of summers ago. I am loving the soft, cosy feel. It’s perfect for casual dressing at this time of year.
Of course, sewing plaids means matching them. I like to cut my plaids in a single layer, and flip cut pieces over to get perfect corresponding pieces. I didn’t do too badly, and the fact there is no separate button band on this pattern meant the pattern matching was kept to a minimum. I cut the back yoke on the bias.
- I did a 5/8ths inch full bust adjustment, which, being as there is no waist seam with this shirt dress, added the 5/8ths inch in all the way down to the hem. I ended up removing about 1 inch I think from the side seams from the hem up to just above the hip.
- I used the long sleeves included in the pattern and did a 1 inch full arm adjustment.
- I shortened the sleeves by 2.5 inches. This turned out to be a mistake. They are too short for my liking. I have added 2 inches back to the pattern for next time.
- I added tower plackets to the cuffs.
- As before, I disregarded the instructions and used my preferred methods to get a clean finish inside this shirt dress. This included cutting a double yoke (inner yoke cut on straight of grain for stability) and using the burrito method for a clean finish at the shoulder seams, flat felling all seams and using my preferred method to attach the collar.
- BTW I used the included hem facing to finish the dress and I really like the finish.
Overall, this is such a cute, easy to wear dress. I could see me making this again in a viscose print for the summer.
Have a great week ahead everyone!