Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Simplicity 8014: A Chambray Shirt Dress


Alrighty, now we have some sun and warmth, it's time for some Spring sewing.  I sewed up Simplicity 8014 this week, a sweet little shirt dress pattern.  I had this orangey-red cotton chambray in my stash, I picked it up from Mood a year or so ago.  I made View C in a size 16 bust and graded out at the hip to about a 20. This dress has a lot of ease in the waist area, so the belt is really needed to nip it in.  Otherwise it looks a bit sack-like in the back.  Adding vertical darts in back or an elastic waist in back would pull it in nicely if I didn't want the belt. 






I excluded the in-seam pockets on the side.  As much as I love me a good set of pockets there, they often add bulk to my hip line.  I feel like I want to stay away from adding more layers of fabric and bulk there. 


And obviously I didn't put the sleeves on.  I used some vintage pink bias tape to finish of the sleeve openings on the inside.  I also dug out a bunch of vintage snaps I have rather then doing button holes. They are dang cute!  The front of them have a pearlized button cover.



I didn't make any of my usual alterations otherwise.  No lengthening of the bodice or hemline.  It's a fairly loose fitting garment so there isn't much need to go into detailed tailoring.  I could have done a swayback adjustment, but with the belt on, it's not that critical.


You can see in the photo below, that shirring on the back makes it so full back there.  Overall, I'm pleased with this dress.  But who the heck is going to iron it for me after I wash it?? 


I don't have tons to say about it.  This pattern is a great casual classic.  Otherwise, in my sewing room I made up a super cute new top for running, which I will blog about next week after my big half marathon!


8 comments:

  1. I was going to say "Snappy dress" and then...oh dear. I cannot help it. And it is nifty. I like the color (pleasantly rose pink), I like the collar, and the snaps are really cool.

    I have been hanging up the summer cotton dresses out of the washer to dry, keeps most of the wrinkles out. Yeah, I know there's an iron in the next room all set up. So? I do live on the left side of the country, and humidity is not a factor. Also spring is not a factor this week either it seems. So someday I will wear my shirtdress outside.

    I see you have a little raised bed construction site behind you. Those days are long gone here. I'm up at midnight, waiting for college summer break teen to come home. The fun never stops.

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    1. Thanks! I tried to wear my dress today but poured water all over myself before leaving the house this morning so I had to change. Yep, we do lots of veggie gardening. My preschooler has a green thumb and does lots of the planting with me. Before I know it, I'll be waiting up all night for him coming home from college!!

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  2. Super cute! Love how you used snaps vs buttons, that gives the dress a little sass!

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    1. Thanks!!! I was mostly being lazy and not wanting to do buttonholes. My sewing machine is also acting funny so I was nervous it would act up mid button hole

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  3. I really like this. Know what you mean about ironing, before I learnt to sew I ironed nothing. Now all me mades get the royal treatment! Love the use of snaps too.

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