7/22/2014

Butterick 6007

Butterick 6007 Misses dress & Belt - Dress A: close-fitting bodice, front button band, seamed waist with applied casing/drawstring, side front pockets & short sleeves and fold back cuffs.  Dress B: front button band, collar, collarband & self belt




After coming across an Article on How to Wear a Shirt Dress, it was high time that I added one to my wardrobe.

Let me tell you... this dress should be a summer staple if one is looking for structure with a lil preppy.  How can one go wrong with a comfortable and flattering garment.



 Especially being that it can be worn long, loose or belted, as well as under a jacket or cardigan.


The cardigan was a mini-refashion using some of The Renegade Seamstress techniques.


Sewing Specs:

Fabric:  Printed Stretch Cotton from Virgo Fabrics.

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 16, I cut a 14.

Did it look like the envelope photo:  Yes, I also made the self belt, but opted for a rtw belt.

Were the instructions easy to follow:  The instructions were clear. However, for the collar and collarband application I used Palmer/Pletsch technique.

What I liked particularly about the pattern:  Wanted to add a different style of dress to my wardrobe and this shirt dress fit the bill.

Pattern alterations or design changes:  I added front and back waist darts and omitted the sleeves. Also ended up removing 5/8" from the side seams starting at the waist down to hem line for a slimmer fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew another and totally recommend this dress.

Conclusion: I can see this shirt dress adding a tremendous value to my wardrobe.

7/17/2014

Then & Now - Simplicity 3634

There's nothing like a workhorse top that works well with separates or with a suit. This top has been in heavy rotation throughout the year and over the years.



Then - 2012 and 



Now - 2014
Hard at play before it was refashioned.....




Here it is still working hard in my wardrobe. However, it was time for new life,
Assessed it, Cut It, Sewed It & Rocked It.



The latest refashion was easy, cut the sleeve just a smidgen before the armhole seam.  Serged the raw edges, flip to the inside and final stitched.

  A Tank Top was Borne.



Until then Have a Great Week

7/15/2014

When I'm Not Sewing

...I'm crafting.

Last nite was in full storm phase and what better time to pull out a t-shirt & art paraphernalia. ..




Have a Great Day & Be Fabulous !

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