Sew Over It - Vintage Shirt Dress6/12/2016
|My finished Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress!|
This is my first time trying a Sew Over It pattern and it didn't disappoint! I love SOI's branding & their online store is fab. So when I spotted the vintage dress pattern bundle, I knew I had to make it mine and cheekily requested it from my boyfriend for my birthday in May.
I thought I'd start with the Vintage Shirt Dress. It's a classic retro pattern I love, you can see my previous shirt dress make here. And after sewing a few true vintage & reproduction patterns recently I was looking forward to trying something with fresh and modern instructions.
Here's a peek at the pattern:
|How lovely are the illustrations?!|
The pattern comes in beautiful packing, with all the sizing info you need clearly laid out. The instructions themselves come in a super handy booklet, much like Tilly and the Buttons patterns which I love as they are so easy to keep next to you while you're sewing. The booklet features illustrations rather than photographs, but they were really clear and very well done.
I chose to make the three quarter length sleeve version in a poly cotton fabric. Everything about this make was really straight forward. There was nothing too fussy or over complicated and I made no changes to the pattern and I love the original length. It sits just on my knee which is perfect for me.
Even though it is a rather straight forward pattern, I still can't seem to sew a collar perfectly. The point where you have to sew and pivot and then turn the collar back out to the right side, I can just never seem to get a really clean look. It might be that I'm not cutting the fabric as precisely as I need to be, or simply just my sewing. But next time I will nail this collar!
|How sweet are my self covered anchor buttons?|
I knew as soon as I picked up this anchor print fabric that it would be fabulous for self covered buttons! I absolutely love the look of them. Although I can't take the credit for making them, as I enlisted my very handy boyfriend to make them whilst I sewed the button holes. He did a far better job than I can, there is zero fabric folds or creases in them!
Even though I didn't make any modifications this time around, I'd love to try some rolled up t shirt style sleeves with a floral fabric. I love the 1940s feel of this dress and think a short sleeved floral number would be so cute for Summer!
Pattern: Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It
Fabric: 3m of anchor print polycotton - £2.75pm & light weight interfacing
Notions: 8 self covered buttons
Sewing time: Half a day fueled with coffee and a boyfriend to make buttons for you!
Fit: Very nice! But could size down (especially on the waist) for a more fitted look.
Difficulty: Pretty simple! Lots of great little techniques to try if you're looking to progress from a beginner.
Watch out for: The collar, I'm still trying to nail that technique! And button holes, but they're easy to learn.
Make again?: Hell yeah!
Overall I'm very happy with my new Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress. It's a fabulous edition to my wardrobe. It's smart enough to dress up for evenings but the fit is casual enough for every day wear. I even wore it out for a day of shopping in Birmingham the day after I finished it, I couldn't wait to wear it!
Get the pattern:
I can't wait to try my other patterns from Sew Over It's Vintage Pattern Bundle. Have you tried any of their patterns? What did you think?
Thanks for reading, pinups!
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