Friday, September 15, 2017

The Katie shirt dress by Sew Sew Def

I love how sewing has evolved online.  Great indie designers are creating simple and basic patterns that are very easy to sew and alter.  For me, the ability to immediately download a pattern has been rewarding.  Often, I get inspired and want to start creating without running to the fabric store.  PDF patterns, although labor intensive, can be purchased and taped together for immediate use.  I've made the process somewhat therapeutic by listening to podcasts or music while methodically piecing together the patterns.  Let's be honest, tissue patterns are really no less labor intensive and very flimsy.

The Katie dress, a free downloadable pattern by Sew Sew Def Magazine, is a casual button-up shirt dress with bell sleeves and an a-line shape.  It has pockets (always a plus for me) and is quite voluminous making this dress comfortable for every day wear.

I used a blue chambray fabric that I purchased from JOANN Fabrics.  This was my first foray into collars and button plackets but the instructions were easy to follow.  The only change I made was I took out quite a bit of volume after I initially completed the dress.  I just couldn't pull off the full volume look, so I removed at least 4 inches on both side seams.  Wouldn't this also make a cute top for jeans?  I'll be making several more versions in the future.

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