the small sewing room

The Autumn of 1000 Shirtdresses: The Evening Shirtdress


Back in November  I finally  joined a sewing challenge, The Autumn of 1000 Shirtdresses hosted by Mary over at Idle Fancy,  I have fallen in love with shirtdresses and have already made 2 versions of McCalls 6696, which you can see here.  

Inspired by this 1970’s book that suggests a shirt dress for evening wear. I  decided to make view D again but with long sleeves, a sheer version with a slip to go underneath.

 I bought the fabric from a little shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight a couple of years ago and since then it’s been languishing in my stash, it was described in the shop as Crepe de Chine and I think £5 a metre.  It’s very delicate, and sheer fabric.

The photos really don’t do justice to the fabric but it’s so hard to take photos at this time of year when the light is so bad.   I have really struggled to get decent photos, but there was no way I was going to venture outside with the camera, it’s far too cold!

There is a lot of work involved in this dress, a lot of hand sewing and all the seams are French, thank goodness the deadline was postponed, twice!

The shirtdress truly is a dress for any occasion.