My Dream Shirtdress

One  of my favorite dresses in the entire world is this one I picked up  at Charlotte Russe about four years ago.. It’s a shirtdress made of terrible polyester crepe with an elastic waist and little trees printed on it like big polka dots.

And the dress that I finished on Friday definitely wins out over my Tree Dress. I wore it on Friday, and then again on Saturday, and  I put it on today for pictures, and I’m sad to  say that it’s going to have to go in the wash before  I can wear it again… A bit heartbreaking.


So let’s  get down to details.

First the fabric. This is some Robert Kaufmann chambray, which is rayon cotton from what I recall, and because I went with a sleeveless dress I used a little less than two yards. I had been looking for some quality chambray for a few months and bought this  last summer on a sale, for maybe 3 or  4 dollars a yard. If I see it again at  that  price I might have to buy an entire bolt. That’s how much I love this stuff.

The  buttons and bias tape are from my vintage stash,  the  buttons probably from my grandmother, the tape from various yard sales and grab  bags.

front side

This is  Sew Over It’s Vintage Shirtdress,  and  it’s my new favorite dress pattern. When I looked at the size chart,  I thought I’d need too franken-size it, with a size 12 at the bust and 10 at the waist, but I decided to muslin the 10, and it worked a treat.  The pattern was lovely, and all the notches (that I used)  matched up easily. It was my first time working with a Sew Over It pattern (New to Me challenge and all), and I’m excited to make their Tea dress soon as well!



I followed the instructions  for pretty much the entire thing,  except for binding nearly all  the seams in bias binding, and adding pockets. I kinda french seamed the pockets against the actual skirt seams, because I lost brainpower that night to deal with much more than that.

back side

I chose to make the pockets out of some  goldenrod quilting cotton to match the buttons. I had hoped to also have gold bias tape, but lacking that I chose green to give it a slightly Irish feel. I was also going to go with green for the hem tape, but I didn’t  have enough  so I  switched to purple instead.

This dress is definitely going to be a work horse for me. I’m thinking it’ll be worn at least weekly this summer,  and  then in the fall and spring with a sweater. I’ve already worn it with my Julia cardigan, and it’ll be lovely with any  of my cacophony of cardigans.

front other side

If  you’d like to check out some of the other things I’m working on, my blog is here, with my apparel and costuming adventures!

23 thoughts on “My Dream Shirtdress

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  3. I think your dress is really cute! I just made a shirt dress in a blue cotton and wore it to my son’s graduation. It was so comfortable in the heat.
    (apologies if this posts twice – it didn’t show up when I posted earlier)

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  4. I think that’s really cute. I just made a shirt dress from a similar colored cotton and wore it to my son’s graduation. It was really comfortable in the heat. Enjoy it!


  5. That chambray looks lovely, nice drape and coIour. This is my favourite pattern at the moment too. I just made my 2nd and was thinking of doing the long sleeved version for next week’s challenge, but I don’t think I’ll have time now!


  6. Great dress! I love this pattern too – I’ve made it twice now and have plans for more. It’s so easy and comfortable to wear! 🙂


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