Can you believe that we are entering the last quarter of the year? The Southern hemisphere is starting to warm up and the Northern hemisphere is starting to cool down. Whether you are entering Spring or Fall, now is the time for shirts and shirtdresses!
Now I must say that I selfishly volunteered myself for this theme because I just love a good shirtdress. Most of the dresses I make are either shirtwaist or full shirtdresses. I really love the style. I have also been wanting to get into shirtmaking to pair with trousers for the fall and winter. What better time to get some work done on that goal than for this theme?
Edit: We were asked to define shirts for this challenge. It includes anything with a button placket. It can be partial or full or faux. In this sense, shirtdresses also include shirtwaist dresses that only have the buttons on the bodice.
Our featured patterns for this theme include:
Cashmerette Lenox Shirtdress
Cashmerette patterns come in sizes 12-28 (Full Bust: 40 inches to 58 inches) with cup sizes CD, EF, and GH. The Lenox shirtdress has princess seams on the bodice, short sleeves, and the choice of a a full collar or just the collar stand. There is also an expansion pack that include a sleeveless bodice, long sleeves and sleeves with a full bicep adjustment.
DIBY Club Julianne Shirt/Dress
DIBY Club patterns come in both Misses and Plus sizes. They cover a range of bust sizes up to 63 inch bust. The Julianne pattern is for both a shirt and a shirtdress! Just perfect for this month’s theme. The pattern has 8 bodice lengths, 4 sleeve lengths, 2 necklines, 2 placket options, and some additional options like patch pockets and a drawstring hood.
Petite Plus Shapely Blouse
Petite Plus patterns come in sizes 12-24 with full bust from 38 inches to 50 inches. The Shapely Blouse has a v-neck, button front closure, a curved hemline, three sleeve options and three collar options.
Thread Theory Fairfield shirt
Thread Theory patterns Fairfield shirt is available in sizes XS-4XL and includes differently drafted patterns for people with “average” figures versus larger figures. The chest size for this pattern ranges from 36 1/4 inches to 50 inches. The Fairfield is a classic button-up shirt and comes with slim collar and collar stand, yoke, curved hem, tower plackets on sleeves, and an optional hidden tab for rolling up sleeves.
I’m pleased to announce that in addition to having a featured pattern, DIBY Club has graciously sponsored the shirts and shirtdresses theme. One lucky CSC member can win 5 patterns of their choice from DIBY club. Share your finished garments using the hashtag #curvyyearofsewing on Instagram or send them via email during September and October. Make sure you get them in before the end of October to qualify for the draw. Thanks DIBY Club for your sponsorship!