This dress and I was a like love at first sight when I’ve seen it on Grainline Studio’s website in July. I usually never wear any shirt dress to be honest… just not my style. But this one… this one! I’ve chosen the version with the ruffles as you could guess. Ok, let’s be honest, the 50 pages of the pdf were a bit a hell and I kind of regretted not to have bought the paper version. I could see it in a dot chambray when I saw it for the first time. Perfect timing, I took back from France a very nice chambray from Les trouvailles d’Amandine. Except that I had just one meter, and no matter hoz hard I tryied, I just couldn’t fit this pattern in it. So I kept my fabric for a Chardon skirt. After this fail, I started again to look for my perfect fabric for this dress, and thanks to Sandra, I found it in the shop De fil en étoile. An amazing blue chambray with white dots. Everything I could dream for.
I had to wait last week to receive it between my holidays and the holidays of the shop, but as soon as I got it in my mail box, I had to start this project. Let’s be honest, it’s already end of august and even if we are having a stunning weather lately in Montreal, autumn is coming like everywhere. So I couldn’t loose any more minute! I used the Alder Shirtdress Sew Along, that you can find on Grainline Studio website to help me. The instructions are very good, but I feel like having proper pictures is always better. The thing is, the Sew Along is not over, so I couldn’t have every step yet. I had a bit of trouble to attach the ruffles on the side… I just couldn’t understand how you were suppose to do it in a good and clean way! So I decided to stitch a visible line on the side as it is the style of the shirt dress anyway and it turned out perfect.
For the collar, I used the Archer Sew along, that I still haven’t done by the way. The explanations are very clear and it gives you a perfect professional look in my opinion. Probably my best collar so far. I’ve used the size 0 as I had the impression that the dress was quite loose. I took off around 1cm on each side of the bust to have it more fitted.
Regarding the fabric, I got a bit scared that it would be quite transparent… I could already see myself having to wear something underneath , but in the end, I didn’t have too as you actually can’t see a thing! The fabric is perfect for a project like this as it’s just rigid like you want it to be. Last thing very important in my opinion, the fabric stays ironed all day long! So if you are sitting most of the day like me at work, you won’t end up with a brushed back which is very good!
I used a beige string, which actually gives a blue effect on the dress, and fit perfect in the fabric. I bought again the same buttons used for my Sylphide dress, I just love them! This dress is perfect for hight heat as it is very loose, but the fabric is maybe a bit hot for the 35 degres we have in Montreal lately.
I would say that this dress is an intermediate level, as you need to be able to make a shirt collar, some buttonholes and visible pockets. But I am really content with this pattern, and with the work that Jennifer did on it. I think I will definitely have a better look and this pattern brand. And you, have you ever tryied to make a shirt dress? Have a nice week !
Dress : Homemade
Bag : Little Burgundy