Good morning, friends!
I feel like I have already shared this dress with you as it’s been in constant rotation ever since I made it. This dress is definitely a summer wardrobe staple, even though summer has not officially arrived yet!
For this dress, I used Butterick 6333, a new princess seam shirt dress pattern in View A with a pleated skirt.
My fabric is Italian cotton gingham shirting that I purchased from Piedmont Fabric in Oakland. It’s the most beautiful gingham that I’ve sewn with and as I had been wanting some gingham in this color, I was happy to see it at Piedmont, and a plus was that it was in a cut pile, so it was discounted and also had enough yardage for a shirt dress. This fabric has some black threads woven through it, which I didn’t notice until I started sewing with it. The black gives this dress a little more interest.
I graded this pattern up to about a size 26W (it goes up to 24W), did a swayback adjustment, and added about an inch in length to the skirt whilst sewing a narrow hem. I made self binding to finish the armholes and added thread belt loops to keep my belt at my waist.
I basted the bodice pieces together to check the fit before I sewed the princess seams. I decided not to make this dress fitted as I wanted a looser fit to be more comfortable in the heat. I have about 4″ of ease in this dress and it resembles a Grainline Alder shirt dress when on the hanger. I definitely need a belt to pull it in and fit better, but when it’s in the 100’s, I’ll gladly be wearing this sans belt and the loose fit will be welcome in the heat.
I matched ALL of the gingham. It gave me a headache.
This dress was an easy make and I would have breezed through it had I not had an abundance of pattern matching. I love the bias cut gingham on the button band and collar. It adds an interesting detail, plus I didn’t have to do more gingham matching.
Initially, I was going to add yellow buttons on this dress as per the consensus amongst my IG friends. I had yellow on my mind when I went shopping at my closest JoAnn’s, but the only suitable yellow buttons had only one card left, so I went with these blue pearl-ish buttons instead. I actually prefer this, as I can change up the colors of my accessories, which probably wouldn’t have worked so well with yellow buttons. BTW: JoAnn’s has a terrible button selection now, especially if you’re trying to find enough for a shirtdress!
I actually look somewhat stylish in this dress as both gingham and shirtdresses appear to be “in”. The good thing for me is that there’s more gingham fabric to choose from and more shirtdress patterns. I actually just made two more gingham dresses and will be starting on another shirtdress soon….
- Dress: Butterick 6333 in blue Italian cotton gingham shirting, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
- Belt: Amazon
- Sunglasses: Modcloth
- Earrings: Luxulite