This is the third version in my shirtdress making series. As I was constructing this dress, I realized how similar this is to another dress...guess I'm losing my originality! Honestly though there is a part of me that just doesn't care. I really am more interested in being comfortable and appropriately dressed than anything else.
Supply List ~
- 4.5 yards Blue Chambray purchased from Fabric Mart's Brick & Mortar Store during Carriage Corner Sew Camp
- 1/2 yard light blue gingham also purchased from Fabric Mart's Brick & Mortar Store during Carriage Corner Sew Camp
- 10 3/4" covered button shells from my notions collection
(There's an interesting story to these covered button shells. I have to share it some day.)
- Interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller
Design Changes ~
To distinguish between this version and all of the others previously made and to come, I changed the sleeves. I wanted a longer sleeve but not so long the dress would be uncomfortable to wear in the summer. I decided to add a below elbow length sleeve with a tie.
Here's how I made it:
o I added 5" to the bottom of the short sleeve
o Made a band 4" wide by 35" long from the chambray
o Added a line of gathering stitches to the hemline of the sleeve
o Sewed the band to the sleeve hemline using a 5/8" seam allowance applying the center back of the band to the armhole seam
o I left a one inch opening at the front of the sleeve to make it easier to tie the band
o Topstitched the entire band after tucking in the ends
Those are the only changes I made. It's the fabric speaking for this dress. I wanted a chambray maxi shirtdress and the gingham additions highlight the differences.
A Few Pictures ~
This not only fulfills my need for a chambray maxi shirtdress but also checks off one of the garments in my Chicos wardrobe. While I may not be sewing from the cut pile right now, I am going back to it because I really do want those pieces in my closet.
My daughters have been amazing during this time. They've picked up groceries for me so I wouldn't have to go to the stores since I'm in the high risk category, and brought my grand kids by so I can talk to them through the car windows...cause Face Time is not all that! Today she showed up with some groceries, caught me taking pictures on the porch and volunteered to photograph this dress before heading home.
It took me awhile to come around to photographing these dresses. It seemed silly to be prancing around on the porch or in the front yard wearing pretty dresses during this crazy time. But I guess we're finding joy and stress/anxiety relief wherever we can find it. This 15 minutes we shared made my day and gave me a little normalcy back. Especially when she criticized my hair (she usually does it when we take pictures) and her naming my dress "The Prairie Dress."
There are two more dresses to share...they will show up here sooner rather than later!
...as always more later!