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Black shirt-dress

Added Aug 1, 2008

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






The original pattern for this dress was BWOF 11/2006 #130

A petite model, that I altered a LOT. First, I had to lengthen it in the waist area, since I’m not petite at all (I am 175cm tall) – I added around 2-3cm to the waist length. Then, since this dress isn’t actually a shirt dress, I added button closure, and altered the collar to make it look like a shirt collar. I removed the back shoulder block and made back block pattern from one piece. Finally, I used sleeves from the blouse BWOF 1/2008 #108 – which I also altered by reducing the puff. I added white buttons as a detail – this was quite spontaneous, I matched the buttons I had in my stash with the dress and these ones caught my eye. The dress lost the safari look (which was my initial idea), and got more feminine, girly look, but I like it a lot :)

Material Notes

Black cotton, buttons




Garment Type

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    Aug 4, 2008, 04.59 AMby milkyway

    Oh I really love this pattern. I have been lazy enough for not trying it. After see yours I’ll give it a try!! lovely!!

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    Aug 2, 2008, 08.14 AMby antigone

    This is so pretty AnaJan! Who would’ve thought safari could become so elegant. I’d wear it in a heartbeat! You are so chic!

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    Aug 1, 2008, 10.13 PMby mjb14

    This looks really good – I love the buttons. I have a bought dress similar to this that has gotten too small. When I get a chance I want to give this a go to make a new one to fit me.

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    Aug 1, 2008, 05.01 PMby sewbaby26

    your dress is great- i love the buttons!

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    Aug 1, 2008, 12.07 PMby karencilla

    i love this dresses they are so flattering!

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    Aug 1, 2008, 10.18 AMby fabricaddict

    Really like your dress and the contrasting buttons look good

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    Aug 1, 2008, 07.30 AMby susisonne

    Great dress! I also like the contrasting buttons. Your alterations are well made.

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    Aug 1, 2008, 06.32 AMby lybu

    I like it. Actually that kind of shirt dresses are my favourite.

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    Aug 1, 2008, 06.00 AMby dianacirne

    It’s quite feminine! And I love it! Always like those “blouse” dress! Yours is very chic!

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    Aug 1, 2008, 05.10 AMby Vivat Veritas

    it looks great on you!

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    Aug 1, 2008, 04.54 AMby emlj

    this is gorgeous

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    Aug 1, 2008, 02.46 AMby carottesauvage

    It is more feminine than girly, I would say! It is very elegant and I much prefer the pattern with short sleeves as you did!

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    Aug 1, 2008, 02.27 AMby senasews

    Your dress looks beautiful. I like the contrasting buttons

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