After being inspired by all the sewing stories as part of the #SMYLY tag I felt inclined to join in and share my story.
If you are not familiar with #SMYLY tag, which stands for Sewing Makes You Love Yourself, it was started by Athina Kakou , Hattie VanDerKrohn , and Lisa Kisch.
The idea behind the tag was to make a garment that you feel beautiful in and then tell your sewing story sharing how sewing has helped you with mental health and body positivity.
Sew Over It – Vintage Shirtdress
For this project, I knew right away that I would make the Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress. I made this pattern for the Little Red Dress project back in December and fell in love with it.
Since the #SMYLY challenge was all about making something that makes you feel beautiful and that dress did, I decided to make another one.
This time I decided to make the dress out of a lovely navy blue fabric with pastel flowers on it. Not only is the print very vintage in style I think the dark blue and pastel flowers is a great winter/spring transitional print.
|Pattern:||Sew Over It : Vintage Shirtdress|
|Notes & Modification:||Added pockets and used the long sleeve pattern piece from the Jennifer Lauren Handmade Mayberry dress|
|Recommendations:||Might bring in shoulders a bit|
As with the first version I made of this dress I cut a straight 18 making no size adjustments.
However, I did do a few hacks to make love this dress even more.
First I added pockets, because who doesn’t love pockets. I really liked the length of this dress as cut so instead of turning the hem I finished it off with hem tape. I also used my serger to finish all the seams.
The biggest change I made to the pattern was the sleeves. While I do love the sleeves and cuffs that come with the Vintage Shirtdress, I really wanted a long sleeve for this winter/early spring version. So, I used the sleeve pattern for the Jennifer Lauren Handmade Mayberry dress which I made at the end of last year.
I really loved the puffy bell sleeve look of the long sleeves on the Mayberry dress and knew they would look great on the Vintage Shirtdress. I’m so glad I did this, the outcome was amazing.
2018 Year of the Vintage Shirtdress
I really love the 1940’s silhouette that the dress has, it really is a classic look.
After making my first Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress I said that 2018 may just be the year of the Vintage Shirtdress and I think that is, in fact, going to be the case. I wholeheartedly love this dress and already have plans to make a few more.
Have you made the Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress, what did you think? Are you taking part in the #SMYLY tag, share the link to your story in the comments below.