Added Apr 14, 2011
New York, New Yo...
First: a BIG thank you to Burdastyle and Snoozer Loser for the beautiful printed fabric! I won a few yards of this light gray printed cotton by entering one of Burdastyle’s (many) giveaways. I never win anything and I was so excited to receive it in the mail and couldn’t wait to begin planning what to make with it.
Because the print is large and bold, I wanted to make something that really showcased it. I also wanted a new dress for spring, and shirt dresses are pretty much always in fashion, so there you have it. I worked from another pattern I drafted recently for a menswear-style shirt, keeping the back yoke, collar, sleeves and cuff/plackets, then extending the length of the shirt into a dress, and adding some more ease so it would be roomy enough around my hips. I wanted a springier look, so I shortened the sleeves to 3/4-length, and I omitted the pockets because it seemed too busy and covered up the lovely print. It’s not quite warm enough in NYC yet to go without tights, but I think it looks pretty cute on top of leggings and flats. When the weather warms up, I’ll opt instead for a yellow belt and sandals.
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