Michelle Sews - Effie Shirt Dress
The hidden button placket on this chic, stylish and contemporary shirt dress gives it a clean, streamlined look and really lets your fabric do the talking. No more stressing over your button choice, instead choose a fabulous print or a luscious plain fabric, and it shine! The Effie Shirt Dress is semi-fitted but with a boxy fit through the waist, which is designed to be cinched with a belt, and has a below-knee length.
Level: This pattern is an intermediate pattern. The skills you will acquire/practise on this project are:
- Sewing a hidden button placket.
- Sewing and attaching a shirt collar.
- Attaching a back yoke and yoke facing.
- Sewing buttonholes and buttons.
Sizes: 6-20 (B cup) and 16-30 (D cup)
These size ranges are based on different body proportions and bust cup sizes, but for the same height of 5’6″. The 6-20 size range is drafted for a sewists’ B cup, which means a difference of 2″ / 5 cm between your high bust and your full bust measurements. The 16-30 size range is drafted for a sewists’ D cup, which means a difference of 4″ / 10 cm between your high bust and your full bust measurements. (In sewing terms, your cup size may differ from the cup size you would buy in stores!).
The Effie Shirt Dress is semi-fitted but with a boxy fit through the waist, which is designed to be cinched with a belt, and has a below-knee length. There is roughly 5-6″ (13-15 cm) ease at the bust, 12.5″-15″ (32-38 cm) ease at the waist, and 4.5-5″ (11-12 cm) at the hip.
Choose the pattern size for which the Bust measurement in the table is closest to your full bust measurement, then grade up or down between sizes to suit your waist and seated hip measurements.
Medium/dress weight viscose/rayon, crepe, linen, cotton and chambray. Choose a lightweight or medium weight fusible interfacing suitable for your chosen fabric.
All views: Small buttons (3/8″ – 1/2″ / 1-1.2cm). 10 buttons for the 6-20 size range, 11 for the 16-30 size range.
View B: One pair of 1 1/2″ (3.8 cm) D-rings for the belt