Summer Shirt Dress

Over two years later and this dress is still one of my favorites! The fit is fantastic, the fabric is comfortable and attractive. I get endless compliments on it, and my choice of buttons. This is a dress that makes me say this is why I sew!

I finished this dress about two weeks ago. Hands down, it is my favorite dress that I’ve ever made (so far.) I am ridiculously proud of this dress. It was just one of those charmed afternoons where I saw this fabric on sale at Joann’s and decided to do something with it. Then I saw the buttons, and knew they’d be perfect. Then I just started sewing and at every step of the process I was more excited and happy with this dress.

The pattern is Vogue V8577. A shirt dress with pockets that I’d been meaning to try out for awhile now. Its an easy pattern, though a little time consuming, what with the pockets, and the gathers at shoulders and back, and the button placket and all. Its extremely flattering though. The skirt is super flowy, and makes it perfect for a sunny spring day. I reviewed this pattern here: Vogue Shirt Dress V8577 ★★★★★

And yes, the uneven hemline is actually intentional. I never really pay attention to match up the hems of skirts and dresses when I’m sewing, I always know that I can fix that up at the very end. But when this dress got to that stage, and I was trying it on to decide where I wanted to put the hem, I decided that I actually really liked its sort of random unevenness. Its not even classically asymmetrical, where dresses are long in the back and short in the front, or only long on one side. I decided to exaggerate the sort of dips and curves that naturally came out of my sloppy sewing. To me, it makes this dress interesting and surprising, in the same way the orange buttons do.

This dress is perfect. When I’m done with a project, there’s almost always something I’d change about it if I wasn’t too lazy, or it wasn’t too late to go back, or just a different fabric choice or something. Not this dress. Its perfect.

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