Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress: DIY Blue Animal Print Shirt Dress

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress

Hey Everyone,

Inspite of using the Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress to make tops three times (see here, here and here), I’ve never actually made the dress version. I finally bit the bullet and made it as intended (albeit with the addition of long cuffed sleeves) using some viscose crepe purchased from eBay. Conclusion: love it, and it’s already been worn several times.

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress
Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress
Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress

This is such an easy to wear dress and I love the adjustable waist. I definitely want to make another version, maybe this time with short sleeves.

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress
Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress

Pattern Adjustments

  • This is a size 18 grading out at the waist/ hips
  • I did a 1 inch FBA
  • I had previously done a 1 inch full bicep adjustment
  • I added a 1 inch pleat to the back (had also done that on a previous version)
  • I removed 7 inches from the length
  • I made the height of the side vents 10 inches
  • I added long sleeves with vents and cuffs
  • I took 2 inches to hem.

Like I say, love this pattern, especially in this drapey viscose crepe (one of my favourite fabrics to sew and wear). And the blue animal print feels fresh and fun.

Back soon!

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Dress

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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