Shirt Dress BSM 5/10 #111 (with variations)
Added May 9, 2011
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Shirt dress in gray, navy, maroon stripe lightweight cotton shirting. Looking through my patterns, I started with BSM #111 from the May 2010 issue. (I’ve made a lot projects from that particular issue!) My inspiration was a Marc Jacobs shirt dress and also some dresses I saw that looked like men’s shirts. The difficulty was creating a dress of this style that doesn’t look like a sack on my figure. I made the following changes to the pattern: FBA, which included moving the shoulder seam a little bit forward and adding gathers; straightened the side seams (original is slightly a-line), curved the cuff corners, added darts on the upper back which become inverted pleats below, and a shirt-tail hem. I omitted the pockets. Despite al these efforts, I think that the dress is a little big and a little sack like. With a hip belt though, it seems okay.
Technical: Precision is important with this pattern. The placket and sleeve vents were a challenge. Definitely a solid intermediate + level pattern.
Lightweight cotton shirting, La Petite brand buttons (made domestically!), rayon embroidery thread for top stitching