Another Shirtdress

9:30 PM

It was hot and windy today!

Project Details

Pattern: Simplicity 4171
Fabric: 100% Rayon
Notions: Ten 5/8" buttons


This is the second shirtdress I've made in the last couple of months. Shirtdresses are everywhere. Did you see the one Michael made on Project Runway last night? It was smokin' hot! Shirtdressing is very popular right now... just walk into any department store or boutique and there they are. I was inspired by the details of the Diane vonFurstenberg Hillevi Shirtdress, so I decided to modify this pattern to have a similar look. There were a several alterations that I made:
  • I lengthened front and back pieces by 2" because I felt I was a lot taller than the model on the envelope.
  • I lengthened the sleeves by 1".
  • Re-shaped pockets on lower edge corners from round to square.
  • Changed pockets by adding a pleat and a flap. As a guide, I used the pocket pieces from View A.
  • Omitted belt loops (carriers).
  • Topstitched collar.

Even though after completing this dress, I wish I had used the long-sleeve version of McCall's 4769, because (1) the bodice and the skirt are cut separately and I could have made the bodice in one size without a FBA and the skirt in one size larger. And also (2) the skirt in that pattern is cut on an A-line which would have captured the look of my inspiration dress more. Overall, I like this dress and I do plan on wearing it. I will probably accessorize it with a wider belt for more of a cinched waist.

This was a very easy pattern to follow since this was a Threads Magazine Collection pattern and they are known for their "Step by step to sewing success!" instrustuctions. Will I sew this one again? Probably so, I'm already thinking of doing Version A in corduroy.

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