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Pattern Repeat: The Shirt Dress

Some pattern repeats just need to be made in a basic black.  This was definitely one of them.  As much as I love my first attempt I made in a grey feather fabric, sometimes having something to chuck on in plain black is a lifesaver.

Plus this pattern,  with the detail on the front lends itself well to plain colours and natural fabrics.  Maybe because that is what Merchant and mills are all about.  Check them out here.

For some reason I got it in my head that the bib was interfaced.  I have no idea why I thought this, but i cut it out regardless, and only on the re read of the instructions did I realise I was an idiot!

So How did it sew?

Date Completed:  10th May 2017

As with merchant and mills its always a pleasure to construct.  Quick and simple, But don’t let that fool you, you end up with amazingly structured pieces.

Being short I chopped a bit off the length, and this time round I lengthend the 3/4 length sleeve.  I had decided that if it was wrong, I could happily chop them down to the original length, but I think this is the way forward for me with this pattern.

Having this as a Black Basic is a god send. One thing I love is those single items that you pull on and are ready to go.  No fuss fashion.


Made By Me: I AM Cassiopée

I have previously made an I AM pattern – twice as I loved them so much.  Check them out here.  I love them, and wear them a lot still.

As with all their patterns, they are just effortlessly cool.  And all are extremely wearable and modern, they have that feel of a ready made off the shelf, but with the quality of a me made.

The packaging was amazing, i loved the gold embossed envelope, with a see through side, so the instruction booklet becomes part of the casing.  Although I did love their previous brown envelope patterns, I am happy they have changed and I still like it just as much.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware that I would have to trace the pattern,  If I had I probably would have gone for a PDF version;  I like to print of multiples and cut them out, its a kinda long winded lazy way of doing things.  So not only did i wait for the pattern (which wasn’t long at all) I then had to wait for the delivery of my swedish tracing paper!  An error on my part, but a warning if you are reading this prior to buying your own pattern.

On a side note, I get my swedish tracing paper from The Creative Industry,  I have ordered from them a couple of times and had no issue.  I am also eyeing up one of their makers workbooks, altough I think if I bring one more note book into this house my partner might have a heart attack (fabric he’s fine with, notebooks he doesn’t understand)

In the end, it was worth the wait as this basic raglan sleeve dress is a wardrobe staple:

So How did It Sew?

Date Completed:  16th May 2017

From cut to finish, the Cassiopée is a quick sew.  The only long part was the tracing and prep, but that is done once, then all other makes are simply that, just the making.

I did have to shorten it as I am too short.  I measured it and it seemed fine, once on the short legs struck again and I cut a substantial chunck off the bottom.

The fabric was from the cheap shop, and I love it, its so beautiful.  I wish i had bought more, but I feel that I have pushed myself enough recently with pattern (we all know I would live in the safety of black, white and grey plain clothing if I could!)

This pattern came about just after I had made my other simple dress pattern in polka dot.  I feel that this pattern will gladly replace that attempt as a best basic wardrobe staple and my go to casual dress.  Many more shall be made!