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“A slim dress with notched collar has set-in sleeves and optional top-stitching and self belt.”

I purchased this pattern because it looks very similar to a RTW shirtdress that I wear to work at least once a week. I love the lack of wearing ease in this dress, the fit through the bodice is really fantastic without any adjustments at all, I don’t seem to get the same fit with modern patterns. I feel like Betty Draper on a lazy day, it’s nice!

Of course the instructions are a bit of a nightmare. “Step 1: Sew 9 bound button holes” Ha! (I machined them). This was the first time I ever set in sleeves or made a collar, and I really could have used a bit more guidance in these areas, but google made up the difference. I interfaced the button band and collar with silk organza because I have yards and yards of it left over from my “wedding dress”:http://tanyasews.com/sewing-a-wedding-dress-the-big-reveal/ I really like sew-in interfacing in vintage patterns, and it washes really well.

I decided to draft a separate undercollar piece rather than cut two of the same, I recommend that others do this too.

All in all this is a very authentic vintage shirt dress which is quite quick to sew. This is a great step on a journey from skirts to shirts, I feel ready to take on the collar stand next.

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