Happy Shrove Tuesday!
This is the first pattern I've sewn from the new Vogue Patterns spring collection. It's 8797.
The description states: Loose-fitting top or dress has collar, yokes, back pleats, back longer than front and narrow hem. A: stitched hem on sleeves. B: sleeves with seam opening, pleats and button cuffs. Semi-fitted, tapered pants have waistband and side zipper. Purchased belt.
I wanted the back hem to have a slight bit of drama to it, so I extended the "low" hem by 3 inches.
And I also changed the buttonhole orientation from horizontal to vertical. I looked at shirtdresses on sites such as Net-A-Porter.com and studied the buttonholes on similar dresses they had available and the ALL had vertical buttonholes. I also decided to ask Mr. Google. In my research, I found that the reason that this pattern had horizontal buttonholes was (1) because it does not have a placket; and (2) because horizontal buttonholes stay buttoned more securely. But when deciding whether to place buttonholes horizontally or vertically, it's determined both by function and fashion. I choose "fashion". I thought the original design caused the shirtdress to look dated and not in a cool vintage-y sort of way.
I also added a double yoke to the back and finished off my seams with the serger.
I really like this pattern and the "hi-low" hemline is so on trend. I would LOVE to make one of these in several colors for spring. Who knows... if I get time, I may make this one in another color!
The colours in that fabric pack a punch! And you pull them off so well. Interesting about the direction of the buttonholes - I had no idea!ReplyDelete
I like that fabric! Your dress looks great especially with the extended hem. Do the fronts and back go from shoulder to hem, or is it a skirt joined to the top piece at the waist?ReplyDelete
Poppykettle, thanks! I found the buttonhole thing intriguing as well.ReplyDelete
There is not waist seam if that's what you're asking Marla. Thanks!ReplyDelete
The colors really fit the season. Love your dress - I'm glad I picked up that pattern too.ReplyDelete
I'm still not sold on the high/low hem but this dress is absolutely fantastic on you! You took a bland pattern added a dash of colorful fabric and huge cup of style and turned out a wonderful dress. I love it! And thanks for explaining about the buttonholes...that was really interesting.ReplyDelete
Faye, I thought it was perfect for Fat Tuesday! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Carolyn, I had never given buttonhole orientation a lot of thought before this. But they seemed very odd on this particular draft. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous colors and a great design shape to compliment the fabric choice. Love the hem.ReplyDelete
Ooh, ooh, ooh! I just love me some happy colors!ReplyDelete
That fabric is gorgeous, perfect choice for that pattern.ReplyDelete
I cannot believe how amazing this dress is! You are too gifted!ReplyDelete
As usual you look amazing your legs look great!ReplyDelete
All your little tweaks and changes in the details take this dress from "home made" to "high fashion!"ReplyDelete
Thanks Karin! That was my goal!Delete
Love the colour explosion! Another great example of your skill at taking what appears to be a "blah" pattern and making it great!ReplyDelete
Love the mask!! You look like your ready for a mardi gras party!! The shoes are fabulous!!! Great job on the dress!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Leslie V!Delete
Love this, Erica! One of my favorites on you! Beautiful and stunning!ReplyDelete
Beautiful colors! What a great way to update a shirtdress.ReplyDelete
I love this. I had this pattern in my hand Saturday and now I am more convinced that I need to add this to my collection. I can see this on your date nite. Wonderful job.ReplyDelete
Extending the low hem is a winner! The added drama is very fitting with that print. You worked those shoes in very well too. I know you hear it a lot but you are very talented! There are many people who can sew but you know just how to tweak those patterns.ReplyDelete
Thanks sewrelax! So can I!ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot SilkyWrapsRoxy!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! The colors are so fantastic!ReplyDelete
I will dream of this dress tonight!!! You love beautiful!!! I want it!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the detail shot of the inside! I love the print. I have some prite cotton batist that wants to be a shirt dress... This is great inspirateion.ReplyDelete
Welcome Grace! And that batiste sounds beautiful!ReplyDelete
I learnt that vertical buttonholes were a sign of mass production (it's easier to do buttonholes faster this way)
Horizontal ones are more secure, but take extra time to line up, as opposed to zipping down a plackett. (which I discovered was really easy and fun to do on an industrial buttonholer, but very boring after a few hours on it!)
I'm not sure what bespoke tailoring does, but I think everyone is just used to seeing vertical now, so much so that horizontal is deemed home-eccy.
Anyways, that's what I was told! :)
ps, I really love your cape!
Rah!, I can understand that vericals would be faster in mass production. And I definitely agree that they look "normal"! Thanks!Delete
Love this pattern. Got it out to make the pants suit in a nice light color block! Great job on the dress!! Sick shoes - SICK!ReplyDelete
Beautiful dress. Perfect fabric.ReplyDelete
Erica, thanks for sharing the buttonhole information. My mom always made them horizontal but there came a time when I noticed they were always vertical on ready-to-wear. I started making mine that way but have wondered about the reasoning that determined which was "correct." I have a pair of vintage buttonhole scissors which were obviously made to cut only horizontally.ReplyDelete
Also want to say that I love your blog and follow it religiously and apologize for not commenting more often.
Great dress Erica. When I saw this pattern I didn't think it would work for me, being "vertically challenged." It looks great on you though and I love all that color. Nice job!ReplyDelete