Sunday, 4 August 2013

Shirt Dress Sneak Peak

So after the mens shorts, and the Sorbetto blouse, I'm now working on plaid project number 3!

I like gingham, but for clothing I'm generally put off by it's 'school uniform' look. That was until I discovered giant check gingham.

I read this post by Andrea over at 'FourSquareWalls' and fell in love with her 'Archer' shirt below. I immediately decided I wanted something similar.

Despite loving the sunshine, I've been somewhat struggling with the heat over the last few weeks so thought I'd make something super lightweight. I spotted a sleeveless shirt dress which I decided would be pretty perfect so I bought some poly-cotton gingham from fabricland which was an absolute steal at £2.50 per metre!

Unfortunately I'm paying for that now as it's been hellish to use. The grain is warped and so it's taken lots of time and faffing to square up the fabric (hence having a mere sneak peak rather than a finished dress to share).

Using an old Simplicity 6844 shirt pattern from my stash, I cut and fitted a bodice stopping about an inch below the waistline. I had to ease out some extra fabric at the shoulders and underarms and reshape the armhole to allow for it being sleeveless.

I'm not happy with the size of the collar as I think it's a little heavy looking, so I'll remove and re-cut it. I also can't decide what to do with the skirt. I intended to cut a half circle skirt but thought that the pattern would look a little odd if not cut straight, so I'm in the process of trying various pleating/gathering ideas until I come up with something that I'm happy with.

And there I was expecting this project to be pretty straightforward. Looks like the nice weather will have departed by the time I get it finished -though I'm thinking it may still work with tights and a cardi...

The finished article (and much better pictures) to follow!

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