I was so excited about this dress I had to get photos immediately. This dress has a lot of firsts for me: first collar, first button placket, first full bust adjustment, first hand picked zipper, first turn and stitch finishing… No wonder it took ages!
On a recent shopping trip with my Mom I found a shirt dress with a gathered skirt at Loft that I really liked. When I tried it on it didn’t fit at all. So I hit the internet looking for a promising pattern… There are a lot of shirt dress patterns to choose from! I opted for the Pauline Alice Cami Dress because of its similarity to the inspiration dress with the button placket only on the bodice.
A quick muslin showed significant gaping between the buttons. So I tried my first FBA and added 3 buttons. It’s amazing what a difference it made. I didn’t realize that there was extra fabric around the arm scye as a result of the FBA until after I had sewn the bodice and finished the arm scyes. So I “made it work” by creating an arm scye dart which did the trick. Next time I’ll rotate this into a side dart.
I made good use of the Pauline Alice Cami sewalong along with the Sewaholic handpicked zipper tutorial and turn and stitch seam finishing tutorial. Jen at Grainline Studios came to the rescue with the great collar tutorial available as part of the Archer sewalong. The videos were really helpful.
The fabric is a dark chambray that has a bit of a sheen to it. Really lovely to work with. It’s from Stonemountain and Daughter and I’ll definitely buy more if they have any left. The insides are finished with bias tape made from scraps of Liberty of London. Did I mention how much I like this dress?
Details: Pauline Alice Cami dress, graded between sizes 36 (shoulder), 38 (bust), 40 (waist), 1/2″ FBA, added & repositioned buttons, left off sleeves & finished arm scyes with bias binding, reduced fullness in skirt by cutting narrower panels