My Winter Shirt Dress

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Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!! I hope your holidays were filled with love, joy and some relaxation.

When I think about a black dress, my mind immediately goes to something formal or a particular style. For example a sheath or a fitted bodice with a full or slim skirt. I have a black sheath in my wardrobe that I absolutely love. That dress has taken me just about everywhere from a classy dinner to a formal business meeting. But it’s not a dress I would wear to the office, out shopping, etc. So I want something a little more casual. How about a jersey shirt dress?


Right now my go to shirt dress pattern for knits is OOP M6520.  What I like about the pattern is that there’s an A-line dress version. I tend to gravitate to A-line styles.  I made a short sleeve floral version awhile back.  Here is the link for details of this dress.


The only change I made to the pattern, was in the sleeves. I didn’t want a cuff sleeve, so I tapered the sleeve and added a hem allowance. The fabric I selected was a black 14oz rayon jersey from emmaonesock. I’m so in love with this jersey. Also, I did not line this version.

I love the look a feel of my dress and look forward to wearing it this winter.


Until next time…………………keep making what makes you happy!!


Couture And The Red Dress : It’s Finished

Hello Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that September is coming to an end. Time seems to be moving so fast.

Well my dress it complete.  Actually I finished it 2 weeks ago, but haven’t had a chance to get photos until today. I think it’s time for me to get a tripod for my IPad.  I have a mount, just need a new tripod.  This will give me more flexibility when my photographer (aka boyfriend) and I schedules are a little hectic.

I’m very happy with my dress, it feels and fits great.  I’ve discover that an A-Line design is very flattering for my shape.  In my last post, I had finished sewing the shell and was ready for the lining.   Before I talk about the lining application, let me share the fit adjustments and interfacing.

The pattern size I used was 18-22.  I needed  more room in the hips, so I used vector grading to up-size to a size 24.  This allowed me to smoothly transition from an 18 top to 24 hips.  I took in a 1/4 inch in the center back to accommodate my swayback.  Actually, I should have taken in a 1/2 inch. I still have a little fabric puddle in the back.  I made a FBA and took in the neckline an inch.  For the interfacing around the neck and back, I hand stitched silk organza.

My plan was to hand stitch the lining.  But, I was ready for this dress to be done.  So, I decided to machine the lining instead.  Well I started sewing around the neckline, when I realized that I was applying the lining completely wrong.  To correct, I would need to take the lining and dress apart. This was a moment of truths for me. I decided taking apart the lining and dress was not any option.  So, I continued by hand sewing the rest of the lining.  In a way I’m glad this happened.  I really like how the lining looks and I was able to practice more hand sewing.  For the lining I used my favorite after silk, bemberg lining.

Again, I’m very happy with this dress. I plan to wear it a little more with a red cardigan. Who says you can’t wear linen in October?  This was my first time underlining with cotton voile.  I like the it, but I feel silk organza helps better with the reduction of wrinkling.  I think I will continue to use silk organza with my linen, but use cotton voile for my cotton dresses.  By the way, I mentioned last post of ordering silk organza from Dharma Trading.  I received my order last week. The quality looks good and I’m excited to use it.

Anyway, next in the queue is a rayon jersey shirt dress.  I have black and an autumn print is my stash.  But, for some reason dark teal is really speaking to me.  I saw a nice teal bamboo jersey on Style Maker Fabric website that’s saying buy me.  I’m also working on a trench coat.  I’ve finished the adjustments and I’m ready to cut out the muslin.  I will be blogging about it next week.  Well that’s all for now.

Until next time………..have an awesome and crafty week!!


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