Just in time for Spring, I’m sharing with you my pattern review of the Simplicity 8014 Shirt Dress. Love Sewing featured it in their magazine a couple of issues ago…timed perfectly with my friend and I discussing finding a pattern so we could make for the perfect denim shirt dress. She very kindly bought it for us both to trace – she rocks!
The fabric was a cheapy eBay find and is light blue chambray – I’ll be honest, from the picture I was expecting more of a denim look but it is more cotton look. That said, it was less than £9 for all of the fabric I needed so even if I ended up using it as a toile, I wouldn’t be too upset. The denim issue aside, it is a great fabric to work with, is nice and light and the colour works perfectly with my lily white skin – it’ll be perfect for my Spring to Summer dress so I’ve not faired too badly from my gamble.
I decided to go with view D as I liked the shaped dress bottom although I used the sleeves from view A as I preferred the roll up option. The dress itself was easy to put together, I loved the gathering on the back section of the dress (I may use this pattern and change it to make a sleeveless top…but that’s probably one for another day!). I did struggle a bit with the split in the sleeve near the cuff – I don’t think I did a great job of attaching the continuous lap (funnily enough my friend who bought the pattern had dropped in for a cuppa the next day and had a RTW shirt on so I could see how it should be done – I wasn’t far off but I really didn’t get to grips with it at the time)
The only other bug bear I had with the pattern was the amount of button holes and buttons I had to sew…I know, I should have expected it (the clue was in the title wasn’t it…it’s a shirt dress!!) but I started to lose the will to live at the end. I found some simple brown buttons from Dunelm, which I’m really pleased with. They look fab with the chambray and give it more of a denim feel. You’ll notice I used blue thread for my stitching on the dress; I did consider contrast thread (like you would expect with denim) but when I was stood in Dunelm trying threads against my fabric swatch, I was taken by the blue!
You’ll notice the obvious omissions of the pocket(s) on the front (I wasn’t fussed either way with them) and the belt…the reality is I ran out of fabric for the belt but would I have worn it? I have my doubts; I think I would probably use a different belt (probably tan) which would go well with my shoes (probably also tan, wedges, very summery). Overall, I am pretty pleased with how this dress has turned out and I can’t wait to wear it over the summer! Well done Simplicity, the 8014 is a great pattern!
If you like this dress, you’ll love the laid backness of my Button Down Back Top – again, it’s a great between seasons wear that is both light but with a bit of cover to keep you warm enough as the evenings cool down.
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