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Shout out to shirt dresses

This seasons fashion world is big on shirt dresses,
we have seen them all,from oversized boyfriend shirts
to dainty little girlie tie waist shirts!

Aruba Palm Print Shirt Dress £59.50

Aruba Palm Print Shirt Dress £59.50

Walking round the shops, there are many different shapes and sizes of shirt dresses at the moment, looking at them all we think 'We could make that', you can its so easy and the amount of sewing patterns to help you do this is endless. Perks of making it yourself you can chose your own fabric, no one else will have it! We have put together a style file on our top 10 favourite shirt dress patterns and how we feel they should be warn. The shirt dress is a staple piece in anyones wardrobe, of any age. Dress it down with boots and tights to get that daily look. Or dress it up with heels and a glamorous clutch for a night out with the girls. 

So here is our roundup of 10 perfect sewing patterns for shirt dresses

*Click sewing patterns to take you to the specific websites where they are available to purchase.

Debbie Shore - 5 Style Shirt

The Debbie Shore range has just launched and the 5 Style Shirt is one of them! This pattern allows you to create 5 different shirt styles with one pattern. The pattern gives you the option to create with 2 different arm lengths, 2 collar choices and 3 length choices. The pattern is available in sizes UK 8-16.

We love that once you purchase this pattern you have access to a free tutorial video to help you make your shirt dress!

Style Arc - Blaire Shirt & Dress

The Blaire Shirt & Dress is that perfect piece to wear every day! We adore with the way the curved sleeves hang to get that comfortable yet stylish look. The pattern design has a small collar detail and 2 different shirt lengths. Available to purchase from Style Arch by clicking the image below. 

Simplicity 8014 - Vintage shirt

This simplicity pattern is a best seller and we think its pretty great too! With different variations of the length and sleeves your sure to find something to your taste!

Vogue 8876 - Marcy Tilton - Vogue Designer Original

The Vogue designer original pattern takes the chic runway luxe and makes it into a wearable pattern accessible to everyone. 

McCalls 6696

If your looking for a pattern to create a slightly more feminine shirt style dress, this is the perfect pattern to do so. With pleated or straight skirt options and three different sleeve choices, your sure to find the perfect combination to fit your style. 

McCalls 7351

We know... another McCalls pattern but how couldn't we when they have the cutest shirt dress patterns! Another girlie one for those summer nights out on holiday or in the beautiful english summer!(Next joke) Pair it up with sandals and a floppy hat to keep cool in the day time. 

Sew Over It - Vintage shirt dress

If your wanting to get your vintage fix, try making this dress! With 40s and 50s inspiration we really do love the curves and shapes in this dress. Even try making the bodice in a different fabric to the skirt to really capture that vintage vibe. The pattern comes in printed or PDF pattern for easy make and access at home. 

 

 

Hot Patterns - 1108 Weekender Summer in the city

This fabulous pattern puts a little bit of chic into the shirt dress. Softly gathered over the shoulders and back into a yoke and gathered tie sleeve options this shirt is sure to make you feel amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liesl + Co Gallery tunic + Dress

The Liesl + Co Gallery tunic + dress is still considered a 'shirt dress' with collar and button down cuffs it has every element to a shirt minus the buttoned front. Comfortable fit so practical for everyday wear. 

We say "Make in summer white cotton pair up with some strappy sandals for that ultimate cool chic look"

 

 

 

 

 

Burda Style #127 - Plus size shirt dress

This is one of our absolute favourites! Front ruffle placket detail, over sized pockets, tie sleeves and longer length, this shirt dress is right on trend for this season!

The Pattern Pages top tips when sewing a shirt dress

1. Ensure your buttons and button holes line up, nothing worse than completing your dress with absolute accuracy and realising they don't. Don't be afraid to not use the button placement guide, its entirely up to you where your buttons go!

2. If using a non-stretch fabric allow a generous seam allowance, you don't want to feel uncomfortable do you!

3. Don't be scared to go off course a little finish your garment with custom designs, add some pockets some interesting buttons, maybe a frill, some embroidery, whatever you are feeling. 

4. Make sure you make it the right size as this sort of dress is not forgiving when your busting out the placket!

5. You can never press too much! Shirts always crinkle, such an annoying problem!