Friday 26 January 2018

Shirt dress plans

Now this post was meant to go up at the begining of the month before I kept working on my purple dress but for those following me on instagram you'll have seen a lot of these photos before. Though probably not the whole story all together.

I realised as I was looking through dresses that I like that I love a shirt style dress. The only problem being that I have always been a little afraid of them as they have buttons! Which means I need to do button holes!!! Of course the only way to get better is to do them so that is what I'm going to do.

 I have the perfect fabrics for making a couple of these dresses, so we shall see how it works out.

These three patterns were already in my collection and I keep finding myself wanting to buy more despite the fact that the kwik sew and cotton and chalk ones look almost identical from the technical drawings!! I am drawn to clothes that come in nicely at the waist as it's the smallest part of me.
This was also pushed along by the fact that  I was going through my fabric drawers and pulled out a bag with some purple fabric, a pattern and some other miscellaneous stuff. ( I found a pair of scissors I've been missing for 4 years!)  That project was never intended to be put away for so long!!!

 Has anyone else been around long enough and have a good enough memory to remember this fabric? I was very excited when I got started with this project....

 I did have an interesting challenge as I taught myself how to put on a collar... it's surprisingly easy though I don't think it's the neatest work ever....

And here is where I'm currently up to. I need to add the sleeves and the ruffle on the bottom. Also make the tie for the middle. Also need to add button holes and buttons. Please excuse the background and out of focus photo I had to use the kids bathroom mirror as no one was home to help with this photo.

But this was 3 weeks ago and the project has stalled again just because my craft room is so hot I really don't have the energy to go in there at the moment. Hopefully I will get this done in the next couple of weeks but we shall see.

Once this one is finished which pattern should I make? I think the chai is calling my name first.... 

Happy Stitching,


  1. Your dress is gorgeous Caitlin! I love the cheerful. Well done for putting on the collar, that sounds very complicated but it looks great.

    1. Thank you :D luckily with the collar there were good directions with the pattern.

  2. Nicely done! I've never had a problem with buttonholes.

    1. Yeah.... the biggest problem is my machine is finicky at the moment about buttonholes. We shall see how it goes.


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