A second shirt dress for me! This time it is 70’s inspired. I was just starting to sew up this ensemble last Thursday when I saw that the theme for Sew Weekly’s 22 August week was ‘That 70’s Sew’, what a coincidence. I found the following 1970’s shirt dress patterns from Vintage Pattern Wiki, I noticed that notched collars are very popular at those times:
Fabric: 2 yards of purplish cotton (I am not sure if it’s chambray, it’s medium weight!): RM7/USD2.30 per yard
Notions: Piping, 4 vintage buttons, 2 small buttons and some interfacing
Total Cost: RM19 / USD6.30
I made View B. This is quite a popular pattern evidenced by the number of reviews. Read my review here. Most claimed the sleeves are too puffy but I like them because it has a vintage twist to it. Like many others, I omitted the side slit on the skirt.
Pattern Beware: The waistband piece is about 2 to 3 inches shorter. Do cut out 3 inches longer than the original and then attach it to the bodice and cut off the excess. Hence, you also need to adjust the darts and pleats on the skirt to match the lengthened waistband.
Time to Complete:
Oooohh..this one took forever. Perhaps 20 hours minimum? Sans the cutting and tracing, yikes! There were about 20 pieces to trace and cut. If you are looking for a ‘quick and easy’ pattern, this is not for you. There were many sewing ‘firsts’ for me for this dress: princess seams, curved inset pockets, gathered yolk, notched collars (actually they are 2 collars overlapping one another, smart!), sleeves placket with keyhole detail and handpicking a side zipper! Big learning curve.
First worn: To work today! Yay! I really like the style of the notched collars, the curved pockets provide some cute detail and the front buttons. I am lucky again that this pattern fits me without alteration.
Wear again?: Yes! Yes! Yes! I feel happy wearing this dress and it is super comfy. This will be an office wardrobe staple.