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
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.
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