I’m sure I am not alone in this, but catalogs always seem to have a few items that I must have. This shirtdress fell into that category!
Dress up or down.
SOLD! Then I saw the price. NOT sold.
But the inspiration sent me off to The Stash…
The Stash held a very oddly shaped remnant of silk noil (AKA: raw silk) in the same color! With some creative cutting, there was enough for the dress.
It seems all current shirtdress patterns have waistlines. As I do not, I choose McCalls 3512 from two or three decades ago – and made a few modifications: Eliminated collar, made front neckline just a bit wider and shortened the dress.
Another bonus about patterns from that era – they have real facings. Not bias binding. Real facings that require real understitching, and result in a real finish to the armholes and necklines.
The Stash provided both types of buttons. The coordinating fabric was used to make the button loops on the pocket and neckline.
I LOVE this fabric! It is incredibly soft (pre-washed), is sufficiently opaque that it does not require a lining, and being a natural fiber is perfect for the 100+ degree days here in Arizona!
I wish I could find another ten yards or so in The Stash (I did find another 3 yard piece of light blue).
The resulting shirtdress is very comfortable and endlessly wearable!
A final note about the pattern: The facings in the sleeveless version will not poke out – which had been a nuisance with facings. The back yoke facing serves as the back neck facing and a portion of the armhole facing! This ingenious method created the odd shaped facing monster pictured below, but eliminated the flapping facing issue!
I would recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to sew a simple, but stylish dress.