Sunday, October 23, 2011

Simplicity 2246---- Denim Shirt Dress

 I finally finished this dress I started over a week ago and am pleased with the results. It's the first shirt dress I ever sewed and it certainly won't be my last. I've always loved shirt dresses! I'm happy I used a denim fabric. I know I'll get good use out of this dress and will be able to dress it up or down as needed. The fabric was a bit of a gamble since it was a much heavier weight than recommended and had alot of stretch. It's the kind of fabric that has the potential to "grow" during the course of a day. So I was sure to cut this dress a bit smaller than normal to account for that. Anywho, I wore it all day and it was perfect. This morning was pretty cold so I threw on some black tights and wedges. By the time I took these pics it was in the 70's again. It's so hard to dress for our weather sometimes. Ok, I digress, my pattern review is below........

Simplicity 2246

 Pattern Description:
Shirt dress in 3 different lengths. I made view A.

Pattern Sizing:
I cut a size 8 for the bodice and graded up to a 12 for the waist and skirt.



 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Absolutely!!!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved most everything about this pattern. The only thing I did differently is slipstitch the button placket and collar.

Fabric Used:
Mystery black denim with some stretch.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only thing I did was lengthen it by 3 inches.




Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would! I'd like to make it in a lighter cotton fabric for the Spring.

Conclusion:
Cute shirt dress! Definitely a wardrobe staple:)

32 comments:

  1. Very cute. I'm convinced I need that pattern now.

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  2. A wonderful, wonderful dress! I agree, this should be a very versatile piece in your wardrobe. You look lovely.

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  3. Looks great on you Victoria! That shirt-dress is definitely a success!!!

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  4. Very cute dress, looks great on you.

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  5. Another success for you! Nothing like a nice denim dress, but of course I don't have one. I like that fit on you too.

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  6. So cute! I want one too! Glad to hear that the directions were good.

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  7. I love the look of denim dresses. Yours is a perfect rendition!

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  8. Another great dress.... Love the colour of the denim. In fact the whole look is very stylish! Nice work Victoria!

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  9. Very cute! I can see you getting much use out of this classic design.

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  10. I love denim. Your dress is super!

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  11. I bet you get a ton of wear out of that dress too. Very cute!

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  12. That dress wil be a staple in your wardrobe. I love it's classic lines.

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  13. Very nice! I'm sure you'll get tons of wear out of it.

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  14. Although it's plain and simple you'll be able to get a lot of wear out of it. Why? Because it's plain and simple. TFS

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  15. I have been wanting a denim dress for a minute now. you are inspiring me....

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  16. That is soooooo cute and looks so RTW! Nice work....I love it!

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  17. It's really a great dress. Looks awesome on you, too! I have seen so many great versions of this pattern.

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  18. This is such a nice shirtdress!

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  19. Such a cute dress! I have this pattern and have been looking for a good fabric for it. Now I'll consider denim like yours!

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  20. The dress looks great on you. I have that pattern, after trying another shirt dress pattern with dismal results, I said I would try S2246, but it ended up being pushed to the back burner.

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  21. Dang that is cute, I *need* one too!

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  22. This is really nice! I saw a picture of a woman wearing a dress like this open over a white tsirt and a white pair of pants recently

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  23. You look great in this dress. The style brings back fond memories. The last time I wore a shirt dress was in the '80s when I was in law school and still had a figure. I had a lavender-colored shirt dress cut out of a sexy silky-type material and I loved it. I wore it with very high heels (3 inches back then were high for me; I've worn flats for years!) that made what legs I had (they were never very shapely) look good. LOL! Ahhh, to be in my early 30's again. Anyway, the moral of this post is for you to try this pattern in an unexpected material, and slim down the skirt a bit. You have a lovely figure - show it off while you can!

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  24. That pattern is a TOTAL keeper! Looks terrific.

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  25. Beautiful dress. I like it.
    I love to sew too.

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  26. Great dress. I love the choice of using denim for this pattern.

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  27. I am planning on making this dress so have just come across your version - it's perfect! the denim does make it more versatile too!

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  28. sweet! i have some purple stretch denim i got for this dress... should be fun. glad to know it can be made heavier than recommended.

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