Saturday, May 21, 2016

Julie's Flamingo Shirtdress

It's been quite awhile since I have posted one of my projects on the FM blog! It's not that I haven't been sewing, but frankly I don't get the opportunity to photograph most of my makes. Kudos to all of you that have that chance. 




I couldn't pass up the chance to share with you my most recent make. Shirtdresses are popular this spring (they have been for awhile now, but an even larger presence now.) I wanted to make a very unique shirtdress. A few months ago, we had a super cute flamingo print cotton that I couldn't resist. I am a sucker for prints and while I really liked the flamingos, I wondered if the print limited what I could do with it. But after some careful thought I decided on a shirtdress. I wanted to wear it on my vacation to Florida recently, but only got half of it sewn before leaving. I'm not one to stay up all night to get it done, so it sat at my sewing machine while I was away. :O(



When McCall's released their Early Summer Collection, I found the perfect unique shirtdress pattern. There were actually two different shirtdresses in particular and they looked similar. But I decided on Melissa Watson's version - McCall's 7380. I especially liked that the skirt was separate from the bodice which helped me get a better fit. Of course I also liked it because it already had the lines on it for adjusting to get a better fit. 

I used the Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method to fit the entire dress on me and came up with the following adjustments: 
- 1" full bust adjustment
- 1/2" forward shoulder
- a slight broad back (just a 3/8") 
- a small dart at the shoulder (I learned that I should do this in the Fit Along!)
- Add 1" to the skirt side seams and graded down to nothing halfway down the skirt pattern.




When doing the full bust adjustment, you will want to remember to add the length to the front band and the right fly. You get the length because of the full bust adjustment. Measure the space of Line 3 to get how much you should add to the bands. (There are also lines denoting Line 3 on those pattern pieces.)




I had never made a fly button closure before. And to be honest-- the directions were pretty confusing. I got the general idea of what the end result should have been, but I had such a hard time. I had to read the directions twenty times and seam rip at least 3 times before I got it right. I feel like if I did it again I wouldn't look at the directions, I would just visualize how it is suppose to turn out and do it. The directions actually made it more confusing to me. 




The back has an elastic waist so that it cinches closer to your body in the back rather than ballooning out like some dresses can do. 






The day these photos were taken, it was the first sunny day we had in a long time. Of course though, there was not a decent place to take a photo except in the sun. But the morning was cool, so I had a denim jacket paired with it. Then I wore a brown belt and some Tom's sandals I got with a recent order on Stitch Fix, which made this ensemble casual and cute with the shirtdress. 

Although I had good intentions of getting this done for my early May vacation in Florida, it never happened. But since wearing it, I have gotten lots of complements! I definitely would recommend this pattern to anyone looking to make a shirtdress. I like all the details from the fly button closure, the shaped hem and the elastic at the back. Is a shirtdress on your sewing list this spring? What pattern and fabric will you be using?


~ Julie

24 comments:

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  2. Dang, I love this dress! I wish I bought some of that fabric to make me my own shirtdress!!

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  3. This is not an easy pattern! You did such a nice job. It looks great, and so perfect for summer!

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  4. Wow Julie, this dress is darling! I too am into shirt dresses lately and have two planned and one in process. You look very cute in this!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Can't wait to see your shirtdresses too!

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  5. I, too, have this fabric and I love it. I hadn't thought about a shirtdress, but look at you wearing yours. Looks great!

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  6. This is so cute and that back fit!!! Perfect!

    I wanted to make a button band like that on a shirt and none of the directions made sense. I think following your instincts is a good choice.

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    1. Thank you Nakisha! Yes, definitely follow your instinct. What helped me was laying each step out like the photo. Then double, triple checking it before I moved on. I had interfaced and uninterfaced sides backwards sometimes and wasn't clear as to whether the interfaced or uninterfaced side should be outside or inside.

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  7. Super cute! And I love the styling with the denim jacket.

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  8. Cute, cute. You did a great job tissue fitting. Melissa would be proud of you.

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  9. The perfect pattern for that very cute fabric. You look great

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  10. Great fit, great fabric! Your hardwork paid off! Superb look!

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  11. Super cute! The fit is perfect. I love the denim jacket and the sandals! It gives the dress a totally different look.

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  12. The dress looks great! Pairs really well with the denim.

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  13. Looks wonderful! I've just found your blog because I've started making this dress and cannot for the life of me figure out the button placket! Is there any further advice you would give me?! I'm a fairly advanced sewer but this has completely baffled me!

    Thanks so much

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    1. Thanks for your comment! You know, I would really like to do a video or photo tutorial on how to do this because I'm seeing it more and more in fashion and others are going to wonder too! I would say try to follow the directions EXACTLY like the drawings they give. I had to mimic the drawings to stay somewhat on track. Since you are an advanced sewer, also just go with your gut and make it like you think it should be made. Maybe try it on scrap fabric first. I hope this helps!

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