A Shifty Shirt Dress | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Blue cotton lawn type stuff, vintage, with a thread of gold stuff through it. ~ $1
Pattern: Quick Butterick 6453, maybe $1
Year: circa 1970s
Notions: Vintage buttons (x5) and several pieces of thin black elastic, from the stash of hand me down haberdashery/notion items from my friend's Granny's Estate.
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Don't think so
Total Cost: ~$2
I have a large stash of fabric and vintage patterns, and I think I made this week's theme harder for myself when I became determined to use stash that I've had for a REALLY long time. I actually can't remember getting the Butterick pattern, so it must be an old acquisition (as these days I really ponder if I *need* another pattern for the stash before I purchase), but as for the cotton 'disco' fabric, it's probably one of the earliest larger pieces of fabric in my stash. It's from one of the many op shops in my hometown in the country, and possibly was not even $1 for the lot. I have made a spaghetti strap bias cut top about 5 years ago, but I ended up giving that away, since it didn't really suit me.
Anyways! Good points first: The collar is sweet and sharp. The dress LOOKS much better than it feels on (I'll get to the bad points as to how it feels) and the colours look nice in the dark weather (stormy wintery time here in Melbourne's summer!). It had a lot of pattern pieces, like ties and casings, but once I started it came about really quickly and was a great pattern to follow.
Bad points now, and why there's something 'shifty' about this shirt dress: The fabric I chose is WEIRD, it's too floaty and too airey. The skirt is the wrong kind of cut for it, and there's not enough material in it to hold it down or make it swing. It *may* be because I have to wear a slip with it (it's sort of see through) and wearing tights (because it's so cold here) also makes the blue fabric just collect up around my legs & knees and it feels wrong. Overall, even though I resized the pattern slightly, it's just not my size nor really my shape.
As I'm a little bundle of joy (4 foot 11), I probably should stick to the silhouettes that suit, but I've never made a shirt dress and the pattern made it look so casual and fun. It's really bunchy around the back as well, which makes me think I need a more tailored shirt dress anyways, so stay tuned!
Even though it's not for me, the pattern has some darling little details that were surprisingly easy to sew up, so it looks more daring and adventurous that it actually is! (Slipping elastic through casing = EASY!) So it's certainly a pattern to try out!
My biggest worry is that I'm hoarding fabric and patterns, that just aren't my style. OR maybe I just can't match the fabric with a pattern under pressure? I'm so glad this isn't Project Runway!