It all started when I saw this outfit on Lori’s blog, Girls in the Garden, about 2 years ago.
Just before I cut this out, Louise, from Seams Like Fun (and I had the pleasure of attending her class at the ASG Convention last month) posted Shirt Collars Made Easy. Of course this had me downloading the instructions as I have only completed one other shirt collar and any tips to make it easier I was keen to try.
For this version I was looking for it to be able to be worn alone during Spring and Autumn and even Winter with a light layer (spencer) underneath.
To give me a bit more warmth, I decided to line the body of the shirtmaker dress only as I wanted to roll up the sleeves so using the sleeves from view D I added 1.5cm to each side of the sleeve hem width as well as another 4cm to the length.
This was all cut out and fused (collar, collar stand and front bands) for our sewing weekend back in May.
For some reason I decided to go all out and do flat felled seams on the side seams, the shoulders and the sleeves.
The lining has French seams and this was attached to the body of the dress after the dress length was finalised and before adding the front bands, so I could encase the edges.
The lining was then basted to the neck edge so I could add the collar stand.
Louise’s instructions for the Shirt Collars Made Easy has the ends of the collar and collar stand on the fold so you end up with a centre back seam and hopefully better points.
|Oops not quite matching!|
Once I inserted the sleeves, I basted the lining to the seam allowance and then added a Hong Kong finish to this seam as it was too tight to to a flat felled seam.
Now to be able to roll my sleeves up, the sleeve width at my cuff was not desirable. This time I found this great Threads article on Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket that provided the perfect solution.
Threads do suggest you make the vertical fold for the placket about 1/3 of the way from the underarm seam, however this put the fold right on my wrist bone which I didn’t like, so my sleeve width was 28.5cm and I put my vertical fold at the half way mark which makes the fold toward the back of my sleeve.
and now for some full length views:
|I still might add some darts to the back!|
It looks like I can have quite a few different looks with this shirtmaker dress depending on the sleeve length and whether or not I wear a belt and switch around my accessories!
Now to find a triple belt and animal print bag that are in the inspiration picture!
2014 Stash Out: 34.95 m
2014 Stash In: 48.75 m