I loved the look of the Salme Buttonless Shirt Dress the moment I saw it. The simplicity of the shape and the collar caught my eye. But as always, I was put off by the PDF pattern.
I had the pattern was in mind however when I purchased this gorgeous stripy, sedated rainbow like fabric in India last year. The dress, I thought, would show off the fabric just perfectly.
Yet, other projects got in the way and I continued to be slightly daunted by the PDF. The other week however I was overcome by the need to have this dress. So I downloaded the pattern. Then I procrastinated some more as it requires adding the seam allowance. That opens up a whole heap of room for error. But the fear that summer will have come and gone again before I get it sewn has spurred me on.
Like my last dress, I decided I would not rush this. I would take my time and enjoy the process (including the pattern assembly – even if it was through clenched teeth). I also decided that this would (hopefully) be a wearable muslin. While I like the fabric and would be annoyed to have wrecked it, it was pretty cheap and I don’t have any old bedsheets to cut up at the moment. Also I am already dreaming of using this pattern for one of the fabrics I got in Japan.
After reading a few different reviews of the pattern, I decided to go with the size 6 for bust (and above)and 8 for everything below the darts. Most of the reviews suggested that it was generous sizing. So as the size 6 is spot on (34″ bust) and the size 8 (27″waist) is a touch on the small side – I’m playing with fire a little.
Assembling the pattern was actually pretty easy and straightforward, but it threw me that in addition to the pattern pieces you needed to also cut the belt, belt loops and bias tape. Ok – full disclosure – I didn’t read that until after I had cut out my pieces. So Saturday morning, after having cut all (or so I thought) my pieces the night before, I went and cobbled together these remaining pieces out of the scraps.
Sunday afternoon when I started actually sewing, the wobbly seam allowance continued to trouble me throughout. I wasn’t confident in any of my seams – had I been accurate in the section when cutting our my pieces? Was this actually going to fit or would I end up with something wonky?
Low and behold, three and a half hours later I had myself a dress! Though I confess I didn’t finish my seams – this would not have been the dress to submit for an ‘Inside Out’ contest.
I had a few mishaps along the way: My collar however is a bit glitchy as the front gathers look a bit more like I’ve just caught some extra fabric in my seam, rather than intentionally gathered it. And my ‘Stich-in-the-ditch’ didn’t always manage to catch the undercollar, requiring me to go back to a few sections. But it fits, it is quite comfortable and feels very summery! And I mean in less than four hours what more could you want? I think next time I’ll add in some pockets though.