Sunday, 24 March 2013

Spring shirtdress - McCalls 5433

This print fabric has strong colours and reminded me of the orchids in Singapore. I bought the fabric locally and it was the first shirt dress I made this month, before the vintage military dress.

Shirtdress:
This blue work version made earlier is worn to work (a lot) so I had to make it again. The original plan was to simply make just the shirt.
Well, I ended up making this floral dress instead. What can I say. My planning skills are fluid.

This little floral number was lined with stash fabric and because the lining peeks through at the collar, I added a super quick facing from leftover floral fabric.

 















The close up shot below shows a hint of flowers on the inside at the neckline. The last minute facing worked. Every seam is either french seamed or self-made bias bound. And I added the purple bias for colour and a vertical line. We petites know why.

Notice the cap sleeves. This sleeve pattern was traced from Butterick 5328. When I originally used this cap sleeve, it was tight so I widened it by 2.5cm for more movement.

Here's a 'lean against the wall' shot. The cap sleeve does peek over my shoulders - just as I wanted. It's really cool to wear on hot days.
And the 'yes it covers my caboose' shot - not flattering. Back to the gym I go.
 
There is a shirt version in this fabric but I'm working on the deep purple skinny jeans to go with it. That might sound like tos much colour but you can let me know when I show you the final ensemble.

21 comments:

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Hi Maria - I know just what you mean by fluid plans! I do like this dress, and the finishing and attention to detail is fantastic - as is your clever solution to the peeping lining - it's always good to have a creative solution to such problems.

BeaJay said...

Great dress - love the fabric and the contrasting. Very Singaporish as you said. Very lovely. Great job.

Dilliander said...

This dress looks so lovely in the Singapore floral and the details are great. You have the fit perfected too :)

Sewingelle said...

LOVE the print. And your details. Vertical lines aren't just good on petites either...

Faye Lewis said...

Oh yes, I love that fabric. You did a nice fitting job on the dress.

L said...

Agreed! You did a great job on fitting the dress and you look wonderful. =)

Kyle said...

"Every seam is either french seamed or self-made bias bound." I salute you on that! WOW, that is a lot of work.

I don't know what you're talking about, your caboose looks just fine to me!

Stacie Davis said...

Absolutely lovely! You're making me crave summer dresses. :-)

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

super cute and I love that touch of purple in the ribbon

Goodbye Valentino said...

You are incredibly productive! .....and everything turns out so nicely! I'm loving this floral dress :)

Lori said...

Great looking dress and nice job on the facing. This looks wonderful on you, great job.

RebeccaHoward said...

I really like that fabric on you. I think the ribbon is a great touch. I will pinch that idea-thanks. I also think purple jeans will look great with the colouring of that fabric. Did you use a different pattern for the shirt or did you just shorten the shirtdress pattern?

prttynpnk said...

I just love this! The trim, the print- so pretty!!

thetwowindmills said...

Lovely, I think the back view looks good too! I really like the military version from the previous post.

Ruth said...

You do all this sewing AND work! Amazing lady you are. Lovely fabric and super dress.

velosewer said...

Rebecca, I've used the same pattern for the shirt and the dress. The pattern has the extension on it so it's very versatile.
Happy for you and anyone else to borrow anything I've done for your benefit. I'm happy to share.
Ruth, Sewing stops me from snacking in front of the TV. And I get a nice collection out of it too.

Dixie said...

This dress is so pretty! I really like the purple ribbon trim.

Diana said...

This is a really pretty print and I love the dress and the little extras you added. Looks great on you!

kbenco said...

The trim is a lovely detail. It looks beautifully cool to wear and fits so nicely.

Kristy said...

Your finishing is impeccable, not only is that trim just perfect but to go to that extra step of binding or french seams for the internal seams that no one will see is just dedication pure and simple. I'm so lazy I just overlock everything.....

Claire said...

Looove your shirt dress! They are both really cute.

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