Shirtdresses are all the rage right now and this J.Crew dress inspired my first project for fall. I've had this Vogue pattern in my stash since the early nineties (seriously....someone needs to give me some tough love about my pattern stash!) and it's perfect. No need to buy a pattern and even better I'm justifying my stash.
For my shirtdress knockoff I chose a J.Crew stretch cotton stripe shirting from Fabric Mart even though the inspiration dress is made of wool. In my climate I can comfortably wear a wool dress exactly 3 times a year so cotton not only makes sense but is easy care, practical and comfortable.
For the curved seams, I made an arrow across from the needle to mark where my fabric needs to land. It's only important to line up the raw edge on the 5/8" line across from the needle not the entire way down the tape. Thinking about it this way makes it much easier to sew a curved seam.
I had planned on keeping this project simple like the J.Crew dress but as I was sewing I wanted to add some red. Red buttons were too much so I decided on red corded buttonholes. I took red pearl cotton from my stash and here's how I did it:
I flipped the buttonhole foot over and wrapped a length of pearl cotton over the back hook.
From the top of the foot I ran the tails of the thread through the bottom prongs to hold the thread in place then stitched the buttonholes just as I normally would.
After taking the work out from under the machine, I pulled the right tail thread through to eliminate the loop.
Lastly, I loaded the tail threads through a large hand sewing needle, pulled them through to the back and clipped them. It's that easy! It's these little details that make sewing fun!
I broke the ice for my fall sewing so what does your fall sewing plan look like?
Happy sewing....Diane at Gatorbunnysews.