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Made by a Fashionista: Go Bold or Go Home




I love the style of shirtdresses, but I very rarely wear them. For one they are usually made with cotton fabric and I hate to iron (which is one of the reasons I love to sew with knits). Also since I've started sewing they've just seemed like to much work to make...collars, cuffs, buttons and buttonholes. Sigh.

                                Simplicity Pattern 8546 Misses' and Miss Petite Shirt Dresses

But after I saw another sewists version of S8546 I knew I wanted to sew View B for myself for this months blog post! Fabric Mart always has a great selection of shirting, so much so that I ended up grabbing two prints, this black and white vertical stripe and a large scale blue plaid.


I debated the vertical stripes because well it's a bold choice. I knew it would either be fashionably chic piece or a epic fail. I mean b&w vertical stripes scream umpire or worse...Beetle Juice, eck! Good or bad I decided to go for it though I'm still not quite sure if I nailed it or failed it, but I think I can pull it off.


Either way I am pleased with this project, I've built my confidence on sewing collars and cuffs. Even my buttonholes weren't as much of a challenge this time. Admittedly I omitted all the buttons and buttonholes on the front because I mainly plan on wearing this as a duster. That still left 6 buttonholes, two on each cuff and one on each sleeve tab (which I added from View A).



Sadly even if I wanted to wear it as a dress I'd have to lose a few pounds to button it. Somehow I managed to cut a 16 instead of a 18. Though now that I'm looking at the photos I might go ahead and add buttons. What color though? black? white? gold?


See ya next month,

Tiffany
TipStitched

Comments

  1. Gold would be fantastic! I think it’s very cute as a duster.

    I think I bought this fabric. I plan to play with the lines with seaming. It’s on my list for March :)

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    1. I'm leaning gold. I can't wait to see what you make.

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  2. girl this is good i like this one i will do it

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  3. This looks great on you! Very bold, but you wear it well! I'd probably do black buttons as it looks like they'd show up on the white stripe the best.

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  4. Great choice as a duster! I have the same pattern and is a bit skeptical as I am not a fan of shirt dresses myself. It looks good on you as you paired it with BLACK underneath.

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    1. I say go for it! I plan to make the knee dress length too.

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  5. You nailed it! According to the fashion magazines, black and white is sooooo in this year! Well done!
    Lee, UK.

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