Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Sew Over It; Vintage shirt dress! Love it.

Hello fellow stitchers, I am ridiculously excited by today's make, it's the Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It. And I really enjoyed making it.

Tulips picked by my youngest - no stems!
The pattern had appealed to me for ages, and I thought it was something I would enjoy wearing. In fact, I was happy from the moment I owned my pattern! The packaging is lovely, and the instruction booklet is detailed, well-illustrated, and easy to follow.


Indeed my favourite instruction was one telling me to drink plenty of tea and eat cake. I am always happy to follow those kind of instructions!


I deviated from the pattern in two places, cutting length out of the skirt pieces, and secondly making a narrow shoulder adjustment. I didn't muslin it, as I have suddenly come to the realisation that anything I make with sleeves needs this alteration. The adjustments have worked well, and the sleeve caps hit just the right spot.


The fabric is from "Timeless Treasures", a cotton poplin with lines of repeating perpendicular spots as its pattern. The cotton behaved beautifully and pressed and sewed like a dream.


The dress comes together easily, and the dress tucks make a nice change from darts. Although it wasn't a particularly hard make it was pretty time-consuming. I think the longer process will make me treasure this dress and really look after it.


There was also some lazy hemming in front of the telly, which is always good. All in all I think version #1 is a good wearable muslin - it's helped me get to grips with the construction and I am looking forward to making version #2 already, though I may try sleeveless next to mix it up.

27 comments:

  1. This suits you so well, lovely job :)

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  2. looks great on you and even the sun came out!

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  3. This looks fab! Well done. Love your orange shoes too!

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    1. I get compliments on my orange shoes everywhere I go! They are just last year's Clarke's shoes.

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  4. It looks wonderful on you!!!

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    1. Ah thanks, I am getting used to the more fitted look!

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  5. Your dress looks absolutely lovely on you! well done. And I too, love those gorgeous orange shoes also!

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    1. Yey another orange shoe fan. You need to find some orange tape and you can copy them! I love your yellow ones.

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  6. One very pretty dress...and it fits you so perfectly. A pretty decent wearable muslin :). Like Carolyn, I love those orange shoes too.

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    1. Thanks it does fit well, so I am really pleased.

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  7. You look gorgeous in this! A fantasyic make!

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    1. What a nice thing to say, thank you.

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  8. You look gorgeous in this! A fantasyic make!

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  9. It's a really pretty dress Louise - I can see why you're so happy with it! I've been meaning to make a second version of this pattern ever since I finished the first one - must get round to that soon!

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    1. Yes you must, your last one was gorgeous.

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  10. You look fabulous in that dress - what a gem. I wouldn't have called it a muslin, it's too nice. Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo, I think I called it that as I made it with fabric that I would not have been heart broken if it all went wrong so I didn't toile.

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  11. Lovely dress! The light fabric is so summery and I really like the black buttons, they bring out the print on the fabric

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    1. It may be a little warm in the summer,but it's perfect now when the weather is warm but not hot. I spent hours and hours debating over buttons they are actually brown and the same colour as the brown dots!

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  12. So pretty and the shape suits you well. Loving the collar!

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    1. Thanks, I'm not used to accentuating my figure but it's a fun new look for me.

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  13. This is so lovely, I particularly like the shoulder shape and those tucks. You're on such a sewing roll at the moment!

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    1. You are so kind. The pattern is a winner honestly can't recommend it enough.

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  14. Louise you look amazing! This dress REALLY suits you. You need more shirt dresses I feel! xxx

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    1. Ah thank you lovely. I am really enjoying MMM16 Zoe.

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