One thing I do love is a shirt dress. And what I love more than that is a Denim shirt dress.
For a while I struggled to purchase Denim, in the end I was lucky enough to stumble upon some in my cheap shop. It was more of a chambray but had the diagonal weave shape in the fabric. I think with Denim it is best bought when you can get a feel for the weight and colour in real life, as apposed to online purchases.
Another good selling point of this fabric is that is was BLACK…
Despite having a pattern stash FULL of shirt dresses (like the kalle, the sahara to name but a few) I felt I needed another, but one that was a bit more dress like. I love simplicity patterns in the sense that it is a back to basics in patterns after being spoilt by the beautiful and varied world of indie patterns. There is just something about the brown tissue paper and yellowish instructions that I find quite nostalgic. Simplicity always do good solid basics and this is no exception.
So How did it Sew?
Apologies for the pictures, it seems of the five I only took of this dress, all pictures were quite bad and inconsistent. But you get the idea.
As with all simplicity patterns, the make was straight forwards. I am one of those weird people that like doing collars, cuffs, yokes and other fiddly bits, so I was in my element here. The fit was tighter and more body con than I anticipated, I wish I had now hacked it to have a cute circle skirt or just more of an A line, but I love it all the same. I love the fabric, despite being from my cheap shop, i have a feeling that it has been sorced from somewhere that uses quality fabrics. the extra bit of stretch gives a great shape to this garment.
I struggled to find buttons for a while, I was concerned I might have to go for more of the denim hardware with studs and rivets, all extra costs with tools for someone who has not yet ventured into it. But luckily I came across these basic brass buttons that were perfect and could be sewed on, no extra effort.
I also added a basic belt (not included in the pattern) and belt loops, to give me more options whilst wearing it. As always I added in a placket to roll up the sleeves. I like having options to get the most wear out of my pieces. Since making it I have also worn it open and on it’s own as a dress with a brown belt.
Overall I am very pleased with this dress and would like to revisit this item in a lighter material, like a linen, to see the outcome of that and how it can be worn differenty. It is also begging for a hack, maybe a wider skirt in a more chambray-esque lighter denim fabric.