Yup. It’s ANOTHER shift dress!
How could I say no to this awesome plaid knit? Such a big print cried out to be something with few seams, and I think (hope?) the short hem keeps the print from being overwhelming. It just had to be a shift dress!
I’m pretty casual about print matching, but look how nicely the side seams line up!
And even better: BAM! Look at the print-matching on the sleeves!
To be honest, I was only aiming to line up the plaid on the sleeve itself, but somehow that matched up the plaid on the sleeve cap/armscye as well. Would that always happen? It must depend on the amount of ease and height in the sleeve, right?
I did find that the fit is boxier in this polyester knit. No problem – I pulled out Sewholic Alma (which I previously used to adjust the sleeves on this Sew Over It shift dress pattern) and added Alma’s darts to the back of my dress. Next time I’d make them a bit deeper… but considering I almost never sew darts now that I’m all knits, all the time, I’m just happy the darts came out symmetrically on the print!
(Take a minute to enjoy that piece of leaf stuck to my leg… Where is my photography assistant to tell me I need fixing?)
To be honest, I both love this pattern, and wish it was better. I’m loving the shift dress look, and Sew Over It was really quick and friendly when I had a question about the pattern. The neckline is nice – not so high you choke, not so low that you lose the column0effect of a shift dress.
On the other hand, the sleeve cap has a ton of ease, which is why I modified it after my wearable muslin. I really wish the pattern came with option darts for the front and back, so that it could be loose, semi-fitted, or a more fitted sheath dress style. Christine Hayes released a shift dress this fall, and I’m curious to see the two compared… and of course, there is a world of Big 4 shift dresses for those who prefer that route!
(Side note: this pompom scarf is one of the oldest things in my hand-sewn wardrobe. It’s such a useful accessory!)
Do you go mad for plaid in winter? What’s your favourite plaid piece of clothing, me-made or otherwise?