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Vintage chambray Shirtdress: Simplicity 6698 (1966)

Added Jan 5, 2016

by Tanya Anderson

Melbourne , Aust...






“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.

Head over to my blog http://www.tanyasews.com/ for more pictures and musings.

Material Notes

Chambray, 45% linen / 55% Cotton




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Vintage, Casual, Classic
Cotton, Linen, Organza

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    Jan 21, 2016, 02.09 AMby sewing fanatic

    very nice shirt dress

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    Jan 14, 2016, 11.58 PMby chanelleaj

    Such a simple but elegant shape. I have a stack of shirt dress patterns I want to tackle. Hoping to get back into showcasing my sewing projects. In been a while!

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    Jan 9, 2016, 11.46 AMby Tanya Anderson

    Thanks a lot!

    The old fashioned go to for a dress like this would have probably been a tightly woven cotton like calico. You just stitch it to the piece (in this case the facing) with a long stitch length inside the seam allowance and then treat them as one.

    Silk organza is kind of the Rolls Royce of sew-in interfacing. It is incredibly strong, light, washes well, and its transparency is very useful during construction. It is used a lot in couture sewing and It has a lot of uses, especially the selvedge which is the ultimate stabiliser for a shoulder or v neck. But don’t get polyester organza instead, it has none of these properties and is actually a huge pain to sew with!

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    Jan 6, 2016, 02.02 PMby Deanna31

    Looks great! Good fit and I like the rolled sleeve cuffs. I don’t know too much about the old way of interfacing with fabric… Is organza the usual fabric used in old days, for interfacing? Did you need to hand stitch or zig zag the organza onto the facing?

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