Maxi dress hack done, so it’s time to do the short version!
Using the same shirt pattern, the Mélilot from Deer and Doe, I planned to make a mini shirt dress using Version A – with the hidden button placket and collar – but without the sleeves. A combo of the 2 options available!
I made a size 40 and extended the bodice on both sides by 6 inches. I perhaps should’ve gone a little longer but I figured I’m short so a proper mini doesn’t really look that short on me… On the other hand I’m getting older and my hems are getting longer… Dilemmas.
Anyway, moving on!
I used this fab fabric I got from Walthamstow market a couple of weeks ago to make it. It’s a fine printed peach poly satin. The printed vintage cars, martini glasses and sneakers just looked too fun to pass up on!
The slippery fabric however, did make cutting out a little trickier than normal. It was one of those times I wish I’d invested in a big cutting mat and a rotary cutter! That being said, there’s so few pattern pieces that it wasn’t a tremendous hardship.
Sewing up was relatively simple! Until I realised I’d forgotten to interface the button placket and decided to go ahead and sew the buttonholes in anyway. BAD idea! I’ve only gotten away with it here as the buttonholes are neatly hidden away with that extra fold of fabric otherwise I would’ve been beside myself!
Apart from that massive faux pas, I love this dress!
It’s super light and flowy and feels great on! I love the shape of the collar. The fabric is a little too sheer and I have to wear a slip underneath but I don’t think that’s a big problem.