July 13, 2015
Although I am a firm believer in “sew your own”, sometimes it is just easier to buy. I have discovered that what I enjoy sewing are things that I can’t purchase off-the-rack (OTR). As I was in the market for a simple denim shirtdress, I found the perfect one at the GAP.
FYI…I am still on the fence with these sunglasses…what do you think?
Every summer I update my basics wardrobe with a few basics. A classic shirt dress is a must. If you remember one of my earlier post (here), I had a look board showing a denim/chambray dress. I even had the perfect fabric picked out with my “match my board accessories and shoes”! Nevertheless, the GAP made it too easy for me to save some time and just buy the dress off of the rack.
Truth be told, I have never made my own shirtdress :(. Maybe I will pick out some fabric for Fall15? Shirt dresses are so ridiculously comfortable and versatile! You can wear them by themselves or with pants underneath (open or closed).
Staying true to my sewing side, here are a few pattern choices that you might consider if you make your own:
McCalls M6885 is the best and closest resembles the off-the-rack option. I love this option and think that it would also be great with a hi-lo hemline. Unlike the dress from the Gap the pleating in the front adds some shape to the waistline. With a few adjustments, other suggestions would be McCalls M6124 or McCalls M6702 (out of print but readily available). For a more shapely silhouette, M6124 is your best option. Pattern M6702, was my original plan and I was going to extend the hemline to create my dress. I really liked the idea of the straighter hemline. I also planned on making this with a hi-lo hemline.
So while I play catchup from this busy summer, I hope that you are ok if I post some ready-to-wear outfits in addition to my DIY! I would love to hear your feedback.