I deemed today cool enough to wear one of ma newbies; a plaid shirtdress made using pattern no. 111 from Burdastyle magazine 05/2010. Naturally with a one or two little adaptions...
The brushed cotton is stash fabric I've had for yonks, and have finally got around to using... actually initially intended for a shirt for one of the boys but I decided to be selfish and waylaid it for my own devious purposes instead, mwahaha. The reason for my lack of motherly thoughtfulness; when I was out shopping the other week I tried on a delightful little plaid shirtdress in Country Road and fell in love with the style. Had to have one. Just had to. So searched through my pattern collection until I found this suitable candidate and added to it some features that were absent from the pattern but are nice finishing touches for a classic shirtdress.
My alterations to the pattern were namely, the addition of buttoned arrowhead tabs to the shoulders and also inside the sleeves so the sleeves can be rolled up and buttoned to elbow length (probably the way I will wear it most of the time!), the addition of inseam side pockets (well, really, why are these not in the pattern anyway, hmmm? tut tut, just no excuse, imo), and hemming the lower edge in a nice classic shirt curve. Plus, instead of the straight up and down side seams of the original, mine is shaped slightly to give it some vague hint of a waist.
Also I left off the belt carriers, which in the magazine photograph (below right) show the belt to be at a supremely unflattering spot just above the hips, and just underneath the tummy. Err, no... And incidentally this is right where one would want one's pockets to go anyway. If I am going to wear a belt with this dress, it will be up around the waist where it should be. I love Burdastyle magazine, but just occasionally their styling options leave a bit to be desired...
Oh, and please note, it may not be obvious from the photo but my plaids front and back match up perfectly! Plaids not matching up is one of those little things that I find pretty irritating if I see it... (yah, neurotic, I know)
Below is the review I submitted to Pattern Review, if you're interested.
Dress; Burdastyle magazine 05-2010-111 with minor alterations, brushed cotton
Shoes; Bronx, from Zomp shoes
Slightly flared shirt-waister with long front polo fastening and flapped breast pockets
38-46, I sewed a size 38.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Pretty much. I added some bits and made a few variations.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the basic pattern. It was a bit too basic for what I had in mind, so I added a few details.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added buttoned arrowhead tabs to the shoulders (purely decorative) and also to inside the sleeves so the sleeves can be rolled up to elbow length and buttoned in place.
I added inseam side pockets.
On my version the straight up-and-down side seams are slightly shaped to give some vague hint of a waist.
I omitted the belt carriers because I saw no need for them, also to put the inseam pockets at this level of the dress. If I wear a belt with this I will have it around the waist.
I put only one button and buttonhole on each of the breast pocket flaps, because I thought the two buttons per flap looked a little fiddly and would be annoying to open and close.
The lower edge I hemmed in a nice curved classic shirt curve.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If I needed another shirtdress I probably would use this pattern. And I would definitely recommend it to others as a good basic pattern.
Great pattern, very easy to make, and I love it! I wasn't initially excited by the picture in the magazine of this dress, well to be brutally honest my first impression was that it looked awful, and outdated. I think the belt was the problem. But with the little added extras, lifted from RTW mens' shirts and ladies shirtdresses I've seen around, I'm now super happy with how it turned out.