Eeeeep! Have you seen? Sew Over It have just launched the Vintage Shirt Dress pattern (based on this popular dressmaking class) and I was lucky enough to test it! They're also kindly offering my readers a giveaway and discount, which you can find details of at the end of this post.
The Vintage Shirt Dress has buttons down to the hem and other adorable features include a notched collar, dropped and softly gathered shoulder seams, sleeves with cuffs, and a pleated skirt. I opted for the sleeveless version as I was desperate for a cute dress that I can layer up or down. And that's exactly what I ended up with!
First, let's take a minute to admire the Mediterranean Tile print viscose which Sew Over It kindly supplied me with. Isn't it gorgeous?!? Sadly, it seems to have sold out, but I guarantee you'll fall in love with many other of their awesome fabric prints.
Although I love my fabric choice and how comfy this dress is, it was tricky to get photos that showed off all the sweet design details...but trust me when I say they're lovely! My accidental pattern matching of the collar and front bodice means it's a little camouflaged, as are the skirt pleats. Using a less drapey fabric would guarantee a beautifully crisp finish.
I didn't quite nail pattern matching on the bodice, but I'm pretty pleased with how my skirt matches up!
To help my viscose waistline keep its shape, I added a cotton-tape waist stay. This prevents it from going all loose and baggy after a few hours of wear.
Although the pattern and instructions may well have changed a little since I tested them, they were both a joy to work with. The pattern is well thought out and drafted, while the instructions are clear and easy to follow. If a shirt dress with a vintage twist if your thing, then I can't recommend this pattern enough!
Now, about that giveaway and discount!
GIVEAWAY: I have a Vintage Shirt Dress pattern with one lucky reader's name on it - to enter the giveaway leave a comment including your email address below by midday (GMT) on Tuesday 9 June.
DISCOUNT: Sew Over It are also offering a 20% discount on the pattern using code MARIE20VSD at the checkout. This too is valid until midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 10 June.