Simplicity 1880 Shirt Dress

I finally finished my shirt dress today.

I used a floral rose print cotton that I purchased over a year ago from Spotlight and then decided it was too OTT rose print floral so it was lanquishing in my stash.

I initially used it on this pattern thinking purely of it as a wearable muslin, as I hadn’t had a chance to go fabric shopping for “proper” fabric.  But once I got it to pinned together stage,  the fabric looks soooo much nicer and I started making an effort.  Its funny how often a fabric looks so different once it is made up, sometimes for the worse, fortunately in this case for the better.

I love this pattern (Simplicity 1880).  I made up a straight size 12 but ended up taking it in to probably a size 10 in the shoulders and bust, grading out to a 12 in the waist and hips.  I did a slight sway back adjustment in the bodice to remove some excess “blousy-ness” (is that a word?) in the back.  Other than that, this pattern needed minimal adjustments.  I cut a size 10 cap sleeve. 

The skirt is very flattering and I can see myself using this skirt pattern alot in other dress patterns.

I finished the hem with a strip of bias binding, handing sewing it on the underside so no topstitching was visible.  I am really happy with this subtle finishing detail.  It took me probably 3 hours to hand sew the hem with an invisible slip stitch.

Will  I make this again? Absolutely. What would I do differently next time? Cut a size 10 in the shoulders/bust and grade out to a 12/14 in the waist instead of cutting a straight 12.

What changes did I make to the pattern? I changed the collar slightly to make it rounded not pointed and finished the hem with bias binding rather than hemming.

Buttons and buttonholes
Bound hem

Now I just need some warmer weather to wear it. 

Edit: I changed this dress after a few wears to make it more me – I fixed the skirt drape and also swapped the sleeves.  To read the new post on how the dress looks now, it is here.