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Getting Shirty - Simplicity 2246

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I've always admired shirt dresses on others and when I saw Simplicity 2246 (a lisette pattern) I thought maybe I should give it a go and I'm really glad I did.  I really like this dress.


I've had this fabric kicking around in my stash for a couple of years.  It was labelled as a poplin but it's a bit heavier that normal, yet not quite heavy enough to be considered a bottom weight fabric, pretty much perfect for a shirt dress. 



I cut out a straight size 14 with a few adjustments due to a lack of fabric (shortened the sleeves and had to piece the button band facings).  This pattern goes together beautifully but I would say that it's long through the body - perfect for me :)  Depending on the pattern company I usually have to add anywhere between 1 and 2 inches to get the waistline to line up with my waist, but not this time.  This is also the first time I've come across a pattern where the collar and collar band are one piece and while it worked nicely, I think I prefer them separate.



Our neighbour's chickens even came out to say hello.

16 comments:

bloglessanna said...

Looking good! I'm loving this dress.

anu*miki said...

Nice dress !

PurpleMum said...

Very nice!

Cal said...

really nice fit, I can imagine a piece like this becoming a staple, as it seems to be a understated piece you could combine with so many different accessories. Very nicely done.

Marie said...

What a great dress. I think the proportions of the dress suit you really well.

Bernice said...

This looks fabulous on you. Suits your body shape perfectly. I've always loved shirt dresses too but have never owned one.

katherine h said...

Shirt dresses are such a classic. You will have lots of accessorising options with this one, for many looks. A perfect wardrobe addition.

poppykettle said...

Shirt dresses are the bomb, and this one is totally packing a punch. I'm loving it!! And you look really, really fabulous in a shirt dress. Cue more shirt dresses please!! :)

theperfectnose said...

It looks great and the fit seems perfect for you (which I'm going to keep as a reminder for shorten it more than usual when I sew it up XD). Also, I'm really loving the whole denim dress thing at the moment. Will be onto it as soon as I find a good light chambray..

theperfectnose said...

*to shorten XP

fabric epiphanies said...

I like shirt dresses as well. The beauty is you can dress them up and down to suit. Yours turned out really lovely.

Neeno said...

perfect!!!!

Sharon said...

Perfect shirt dress and they can take you anywhere.

Carolyn said...

Very smart and classic dress. I love darker colours for summer too. :)

Kat said...

Its a lovely dress, I have a thing for collecting shirt dress patterns but have never made one.
Thanks for the kind comments on Ginger. :)

velosewer said...

Great colour, dress and fit. Nice work.