m7351 shirtdress

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There’s something about shirtdresses that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. I’ve made the Alder Shirtdress and McCall’s 6696 in the past, but neither of them were quite what I was envisioning. I’ve seen so many good versions out in the wild, but nothing I made fit me the way the way I wanted.

(This is an inspiration dress from Anthro that I pinned SO LONG AGO. Maybe three years ago, even.)

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Last year, McCall’s released m7351 and I used it for a bunch of sleeveless button ups (see here, and here). The fit through the bust is ace and I love the size of the collar. I’m not a fan of every variation offered in the pattern, but the bodice and sleeves looked like a good match for my inspo image above.

One weekend in the fall I found a length of a loosely-woven plaid  in my stash (from my old local shop, PS Fabrics) and the timing felt right…

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Besides using my own gathered skirt and doing a 1/2″ square shoulder adjustment, I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. At this point I’ve made so many button ups that plaid matching shouldn’t be so exciting, but dang I’m pleased with how this turned out. Figuring out cutting the placket is such a satisfying puzzle.

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I don’t actually love the contrast inner collar, but it’s not super noticeable. And the buttons I picked up from Fleishman’s! They were supposed to be for Dan’s chambray shirt (which is still in a pile in my sewing room, oops) but I ‘borrowed’ them. It felt right!

Here’s a lil’ side view.

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I’m not sure I pull this off as well as the Anthro model does, but I do really like this! I think next I need to find the perfect loose-fitting shirtdress pattern. Maybe with a dropped shoulder sleeve.  I’m deciding between that, or another pair of woven Hudson pants, for the Euclid linen I’m holding onto…

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hudson pants + hemlock tee

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I’ve been dreaming about Dear Stella knits for a loooong time (in case you’re new here, I worked at DS for five years (!) but this past August I moved to Philly). Their first run of knits is releasing next month, and I’m so excited for everyone to start sewing with them!

One of my favorites from the selection of knits is definitely Wee Gallery’s Grid print. I knew the first thing I’d make would be a pair of Hudson Pants (pattern by True Bias) in the black colorway.

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I love these. I have a pair in black ponte (which are also the best) but it’s nice to have a pair that are not quite as heavy. The fabric is stretchy and soft, keeps its shape and doesn’t bag out. I wouldn’t use these knits for anything super drapey, but they’re great for most other thingz. I have more plans for a dress, leggings, a Linden sweatshirt, a long sleeve shirt… As always, my eyes are bigger than my stomach (that’s a saying, right?) and my to-sew list is admittedly out of control.

Anyways, I sewed these up with no modifications other than skipping the drawstring. I could probably stand to take some length out at the knee (maybe 1/2″?) but otherwise these have a great fit. I love the pockets and the ankle cuffs! Please note: these pants are extremely comfortable.

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On top is a well-worn Archer Button Up (pattern by Grainline Studio). I’ve semi-recently learned that I need to make a forward shoulder adjustment to my button ups, so you can see there’s a little bit of pulling since that adjustment hasn’t been done here. I think I made this a little over a year ago, using a Robert Kaufman chambray, and it’s definitely a staple in my closet.

I alsoooo made a Hemlock Tee (free pattern by Grainline Studio when you sign up for their newsletter) in the white colorway.

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I narrowed the sleeves by 1″ and added cuffs. I think I also removed about an inch from the side seams. Not much else to report, besides that I think this print is just really lovely. And I’m wearing my Ginger Jeans here, which still get a lot of wear! I’m planning a new pair too – I got some stretch black denim in the mail a little bit ago…

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Whoo! That’s it for tonight. I’m really excited about these knits and can’t wait to see what everyone else makes with them! You can check out the other prints here, here and here. Byeeeeee.

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