Bold Striped Duster: Simplicity 8546

I love the style of shirtdresses, but I very rarely wear them. For one they are usually made with cotton fabric and I hate to iron (which is one of the reasons I love to sew with knits). Also since I’ve started sewing they’ve just seemed like to much work to make…collars, cuffs, buttons and buttonholes. Sigh.

Simplicity Pattern 8546 Misses' and Miss Petite Shirt Dresses

But after I saw MimiG’s version of S8546 I knew I wanted to sew View B for myself for this Fabric Mart Fabricista guest blog post! Fabric Mart always has a great selection of shirting, so much so that I ended up grabbing two prints, this black and white vertical stripe and a large scale blue plaid.

I debated the vertical stripes because well it’s a bold choice. I knew it would either be fashionably chic piece or a epic fail. I mean b&w vertical stripes scream umpire or worse…Beetle Juice, eck! Good or bad I decided to go for it though I’m still not quite sure if I nailed it or failed it, but I think I can pull it off.

Either way I am pleased with this project, I’ve built my confidence on sewing collars and cuffs. Even my buttonholes weren’t as much of a challenge this time. Admittedly I omitted all the buttons and buttonholes on the front because I mainly plan on wearing this as a duster. That still left 6 buttonholes, two on each cuff and one on each sleeve tab (which I added from View A).

Sadly even if I wanted to wear it as a dress I’d have to lose a few pounds to button it. Somehow I managed to cut a 16 instead of a 18. Though now that I’m looking at the photos I might go ahead and add buttons. What color though? black? white? gold?

Pattern: Simplicity 8546

Pattern Description: Misses’ and Miss Petite shirt dress pattern has sleeve, collar, cold-shoulder and length variations with button front placket detail.

Sizing: 6-14, 16-24

Difficulty: 3/Intermediate

Fabric Used: Black and White vertical stripe shirting

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

Likes: Straightforward shirt dress pattern with a good number of views.

Dislikes: None

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None, except add the sleeves from View A to View B

Would I sew it again? Yes, I want to sew up View A

Would I recommend it to others? Definitely, if you like shirt dresses.

Conclusion: Versatile shirt dress pattern

2 responses to “Bold Striped Duster: Simplicity 8546”

  1. […] I’ve been meaning to sew a shirt dress for a while, I came close with Mimi’s Katie and S8546 but this would be my first real shirt dress with a button placket, collar, front pocket and cuffs. […]


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