August 28, 2015
I am so excited to finally share this shirtdress for the ThReD and Needles group project. (I will be posting another one with the rest of the group on Monday.) I made the dress using a mix of fabrics already in my stash…the printed fabric is silk twill, the Glen plaid is wool/rayon blend, and the back panel is a cotton shirting.I have not mixed fabrics like this in a while. I thought that the shirtdress project would be the perfect time to mix some similar weight fabrics. The first fabric that I chose was one that has been in my stash since earlier this year. I purchased the “farm animal” fabric from Mood Fabrics on my last trip to New York. The novelty print of the fabric is so much fun on this luxurious silk woven fabric.
Ok…but let’s be honest…a dress full of roosters, horses, and black birds might be a bit aggressive in such a baggy, oversized silhouette. I decided to mix the silk fabric with another fabric from my stash. The second. fabric I used Glen plaid wool/rayon blend fabric. I used it on the inside placket, the collar, and the back shoulder top.
The third fabric was the cotton shirting in the chambray. I found the shirting fabric at Joann’s fabric for the about $10.00 per yard. (Click HERE for the link to the fabric…sold out online at Joann’s. Reference the link if you are interested in similar. You can find similar HERE). The fabric was the perfect weight to pair with the silk twill fabric. I used the shirting for the majority of the bottom back panels, the under collar, the cuffs, and the front pockets.
The pattern that I used to construct this shirt was McCalls M6840. I used view D. I added 10 1/2 inches to the length. The back hem was created with a free-handed curve. I added side seam pockets and then bar-tacked the pockets towards the front.
I will admit that the shape of the dress is not the most figure flattering. Sometimes it’s nice to wear a more relaxed silhouette. STYLE TIP: There are several ways to wear this oversized silhouette. It could be worn belted high around the waist to accent the waistline. The shirtdress could be worn layered with skinny jeans. One more suggestion is that it could be worn as a layering option with a top underneath with a pair of flare bottoms.
What do you think? How would you wear it? I would love to hear what you think…
The next group project for the ThReD and Needles group is the WRAPDRESS. we will be posting on September 30th. To join in and find out more details…click HERE.