Shirtdress Success!

Here is the promised follow up on last week’s post about my first Bootstrap Fashion custom fit pattern. My post title says it all I suppose, but here are all the nitty gritty details.

First, the fabrics are a 6.5 oz stretch denim (no longer available) and a pretty Valori Wells linen blend print I had purchased six months ago from

6p5 oz stretch denim Valori Wells Cocoon Linen Blend I decided to make my first version of #42279 without any additional fitting adjustments to see just how good it would fit straight from the company. Since I wasn’t sure if it would be wearable, I left off anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary.

button front shirt dress 2 edited

This meant that I did not use the front and back yokes (I did not realize it when I chose this pattern, but these yokes are actually pieces added on top of the basic structure of the dress), pocket flaps, sleeve cuffs and buttons/buttonholes. I stitched the placket closed, and because this is a stretch denim, I am able to just pull it on over my head without any trouble at all. The fit is spot on except for the sleeves…I will add about 1/4 to 1/2″ additional ease the next time I make this…and rest assured there will be a next.

button front shirt dress collar detail 2

button front shirt dress collar detail 3 edited button front shirt dress hem detail edited button front shirt dress sleeve detail edited

I just love all the pretty little pops of color that peek out!

The pattern was drafted extremely well, and the pattern pieces fit together perfectly. I deviated from the instructions and inserted my sleeves flat first then sewed the side seams. I detest setting in sleeves! These sleeve caps are very curved, and it took careful maneuvering to not have any puckers; I know it would have been a complete fail for me if I had sewn the side seams first and then tried to set the sleeves in.

This is the first time I have constructed a placket and a stand/collar. The instructions for the stand/collar were very detailed, but the placket, not so much. I had a little trouble with the bottom of the placket at first, but I just pinned it carefully and topstitched it to reinforce. The placket turns out to be my favorite detail on the dress.

I am not sure if a true beginner could sew a Bootstrap Fashion pattern because the instructions, while good, are not “hand-holding”. However, if you have sewn a few things, then you should probably be able to complete one without much trouble.


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