I LOVE shirt dresses if you haven’t figured that out yet… I’ve got tons of patterns for them, vintage, modern, indie, self drafted and hacked – I just can’t help myself!
My latest hankering was for a loose fitting full length casual shirt dress. I wanted it to be something that would flow and would perhaps be a cross between a beach coverup or sundress.
The Mélilot shirt from Deer and Doe instantly appealed to me. I liked their option for the hidden button placket and the dropped shoulder. I could see exactly how I would be able to hack the pattern into the dress I wanted!
The pattern I pretty much kept the same, just extending the front and back bodice pieces to reach floor length on me. I tried to keep the skirt quite straight towards the hem. I wasn’t looking to make a full skirt for this one.
I got this gorgeous cobalt blue floral printed fabric to make it in. It’s really light and flowy and I figure would work perfectly for that summery vibe!
Sewing was pretty straightforward. I pretty much kept to the instructions except where I opted to not put interfacing in the button placket. Naughty, I know. But I just couldn’t face having to cut out the strips and fuss with ironing everything on straight… So lazy! I figured the fabric was stiff enough to hold a buttonhole for now but it’ll probably reduce the lifespan of the garment as it’ll wear more easily. Compromises!
I kept a side split in the seam on both sides and the buttons go down to about mid thigh on the front.
The collar seemed a bit fussy going in and it ended up being a lot narrower than I anticipated when looking at the pattern piece – a 5/8″ seam allowance is quite a lot!
Apart from that, everything came together nice and quick. No complaints here! I haven’t yet added the pockets to the shirt front. I’m not sure if I want them or not yet… I’ve got plenty of fabric left over to add some later if I wished though!
Here’s the final result!
The print came out a lot more Hawaiian than intended… It really didn’t give me that vibe at all until I tried it on. Very weird! It definitely needs a belt to bring in the waist otherwise it’s a little on the shapeless side but I like the overall silhouette. Plus the material is great – it doesn’t wrinkle a bit so it’s the perfect holiday dress!