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Shirt Dress BSM 5/10 #111 (with variations)

Added May 9, 2011

by jenss-1

New York, New Yo...






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.

Material Notes

Lightweight cotton shirting, La Petite brand buttons (made domestically!), rayon embroidery thread for top stitching




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Other, Preppy, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Eyelet, Flannel, Linen, Shirting

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    Jul 19, 2011, 03.52 PMby jenss-1

    Thank you for your comment! It was a “learning experience” and I might try it again.

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    Jul 10, 2011, 04.48 AMby Rikamekko

    What a great shirt dress! you can remake the pattern as you like. It’s very respectable!

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