Year of the Shirtdress and Giveaway!

10 Nov Year of the Shirtdress and Giveaway!

CmsjanifThanks to Christian Dior’s genius, the revolutionary Edwardian shirtdress was redesigned,  found its way to the runway and established itself as a classic garment….

…and thanks to fashion designers classic clothing continues to evolve.

8c1836a6d6748b5e2492fcaf59747bd7That fact alone served as an inspiration for writing A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing, because as sewists we can adapt garments to suit our style, age, shape and size. Yes, it takes time and we experience trial and errors, but in the long run we dress with confidence and develop an individual style.

So back to the shirtdress  – it’s  become a favorite garment to sew and wear, and I’m ready to take the next one beyond its basic silhouette. The image below is from a presentation Julie and I gave at the American Sewing Guild conference in August where we illustrated variations on a classic with designer shirtdresses. The lower right image is from the McCall Instagram page where Jackie illustrates how to get the look.Screen Shot 2019-11-08 at 6.09.42 AM

Since our presentation only 3 months ago, we’ve discovered 2020 is the year of the shirtdress! Holy Moly….. following are some favorites from Bergdorf Goodman.SD1

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I’ve also discovered there is a shirtdress pattern for everyone! Following are but a sampling of patterns to jumpstart your shirtdress adventures  🙂

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And checkout Julie’s faux suede version of the Rosa Shirtdress!

Rosa Shirtdress

Enhancing the shirtdress sewing experience are online tutorials to help sew with confidence. Three are  McCall’s 6885 tutorial, the Closet Case Kalle Shirtdress Tutorial, and the Mimi G YouTube sewalong.

If you can imagine it you can sew it.

So now – let’s have a giveaway to celebrate my b i r t h d a y !

Talk to me about shirtdresses to be entered into a Shirtdress Pattern and A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing giveaway! Any shirtdress pattern you want (minus Vintage Designer). Simply leave a comment pertaining to shirtdresses, be it a sewing tip, your favorite style, pattern, fabric, shirtdress story etc…. by Tuesday November 12 (Happy b i r t h d a to me 😉 ). The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 13.


Until soon!


******* We’ve heard about the Amazon delivery issue. Our publishers assure us that it is not a stock issue but a data issue and books will be shipped close to the scheduled date. Julie and I are still waiting for our copies to arrive.Where's our book-001 2



  • Jo-Anne K Kristensen
    Posted at 09:08h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday Sarah! I love shirt dresses too. Thank you for the inspiration as I need some more in my wardrobe.

  • Tina Spear
    Posted at 09:11h, 10 November Reply

    Thank you for this opportunity to win your newest book. I have your first book, The Tunic Bible, and have your newest one on my Amazon wish list. I have had many sewing students who have made shirt dresses in the past. And I can’t believe I have not made more than one for myself. I am eager to make time for myself and sew one for this winter. So many patterns, so little time. I am in the process now of choosing between one by Itch To Stitch and Vogue. And Happy early birthday. Hope your day is special!

  • Kathy McKenna
    Posted at 09:16h, 10 November Reply

    I did a mashup of a shirt (McCall’s 6750) and shirtdress (McCall’s 6885) for this year’s #sewcialmashup challenge on Instagram. I learned a lot fro the experience! A shirtdress is a true classic! @kathy.kmack

  • Karen Easterbrook
    Posted at 09:18h, 10 November Reply

    One of my first garment projects was a shirt dress in a striped linen…. what was I thinking as a beginner tackling buttons, stripes and linen that frayed! I wore that dress with pride and it hooked me into a life long passion….

  • Rhonda Gatti
    Posted at 09:25h, 10 November Reply

    I have not made a shirt dress yet. But you’ve inspired me today! I love the Vogue pattern you showcased in this post.

    Thank you and Happy Birthday!
    Rhonda Gatti

  • Susan A Evans
    Posted at 09:26h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! As a beginner sewer I find the shirtdress intimidating. But after seeing the cute “very easy (ha ha) Vogue pattern I am ready to give it a whirl!

  • Sharon Kane
    Posted at 09:27h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday Sarah! Now to the real business – the shirt dress. I like to mimic parts of a classic commercial from years gone by, Is it a dress or is it a shirt. It’s two two two garments in one. Whether it be a shirt or a dress the shirt dress is classic, practical, and forever in style. So, with that in mind, I think you should also celebrate your birthday with two, two two birthday cakes!

  • Susan Bishop
    Posted at 09:29h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! Shirt dresses are one of my favorite designs! They work well when one is vertically challenged, they are comfortable, and relatively easy to sew! I recently made a Grainline Archer/Alder hack dress and added applique to the yoke back and one side of the front. It turned out beautifully and I can’t wait to wear it!

  • kathy
    Posted at 09:30h, 10 November Reply

    I’ve always been a fan of shirt dresses! Maybe I’ll make myself one this year. I’ve currently been working on a pattern for a smocked shirtdress for little girls – it’s so cute on!

    Thanks for such an inspiring and informative post!


  • Elizabeth Herbst
    Posted at 09:34h, 10 November Reply

    I’m scared to wear a shirt dress because of the button popping issue. Looking for a pattern that just buttons to the waist, which I could then add extra ‘security’ to.
    Your sewing is beautiful. I would love to have your book to increase my skill and confidence in sewing.

  • Cathy Larsen
    Posted at 09:39h, 10 November Reply

    Hey Sarah,
    We share the same birthday! I loved seeing all the shirt dress pattern options. Your blue and white print fabric is a lovely choice and works well with the more tailored lines a shirt dress provides. I have Stlyle Arc’s Italia Shirt Dress pattern and your most recent post inspires me to make it up sometime soon. What I love about sewing is that similar to a sheath dress, I can create a flattering silhouette with adjustments for my pear-shaped figure, something extremely challenging when shopping in the RTW realm.

  • Renee Berry
    Posted at 09:43h, 10 November Reply

    I actually wore a shirtdress as my wedding dress; peachy pink raw silk with cream raw silk for the lapels. It was totally me and my only wish is that I could still fit in it. Sigh. Life , 30 years, and 2 kids later it is not going to happen.

  • Dotti Zupko
    Posted at 09:43h, 10 November Reply

    Just getting back to sewing after decades away – not ready to try that many buttons!!! I do have your book on my Barnes & Noble wishlist though!

  • Kati
    Posted at 09:43h, 10 November Reply

    I bought one of the more popular shirt dress patters and suitable fabric for it a while back, but never actually made the dress. You have definitely reinspired me!
    I’m very much looking forward to buying your book! I live in the UK and it won’t be available here till the 31th December. 🙁

  • Yolanda Fastle
    Posted at 09:45h, 10 November Reply

    I saw a red silk shirt dress formal for sale. I remembered I had some raw red silk, red, someone had given me. I am now making my own red silk shirt dress formal. I love shirtdresses!! Thank you for featuring them. Happy birthday!!

  • Joy Grafton
    Posted at 09:56h, 10 November Reply

    The Stitch Sisters have a shirt tutorial (have not watched yet) featuring all sorts of variations and techniques for sewing shirts which would apply to the shirt dress as well. Love your posts and happy birthday.

  • Shai Sevier
    Posted at 09:57h, 10 November Reply

    Look like making a Kalle is in my very near future!

  • Mollie Weis
    Posted at 09:59h, 10 November Reply

    Hi Sarah, Sewing classics have been the base of my many years of sewing … thus loved garments can be worn for years and still get compliments. My favorite shirtdress pattern is V9371. Just bought the newly released Liesl + Co. camp shirt + dress and anxious to make. Waiting to receive your new book. Have a wonderful birthday! Mollie

  • Eileen
    Posted at 09:59h, 10 November Reply

    Hi Sarah, Happy birthday! I look forward to receiving (reading) your new book. Both the Armidale and Italia dress patterns have captured my attention. I love how these patterns could be “dressed down” with a fabric selection that would be perfect for an evening walk on the beach. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jane Jarvis
    Posted at 10:05h, 10 November Reply

    My favorite memory is my mother wearing shirt dresses. She always looked beautiful and dressed in those classic fashions. I think that is why I’ve always in classics instead of what’s so called in fashion. My sister and I also were dressed in that classic style.

  • Angela Marmaduke
    Posted at 10:10h, 10 November Reply

    I remember my mom wearing shirtdresses also – they are lovely! Nothing like a shirtdress to test one’s buttonhole making skills. LOL! I really love the Vogue 9371 – that needs to come home with me!

  • Tammy Dirks
    Posted at 10:13h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday! What a great way to celebrate it. An interesting post on the classic shirt dress. I’d be thrilled to own your second book, as your first book is such an excellent resource.

  • Marianne Johansson
    Posted at 10:16h, 10 November Reply

    Such lovely dresses!!

  • TinaD
    Posted at 10:18h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday! I love a good shirtdress, but as I get bustier (thanks, aging) it becomes harder to wear RTW ones—there’s just too much fabric bloused or bunched in the front. What I’d love to find, but haven’t yet, is a relatively straight dress pattern that still has front (and maybe back) darts…

  • Genya ke
    Posted at 10:19h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday! And congratulation for your new book, can wait to read it, I love your Tunic bible book! Shirt-dresses is my eternal love, its put together and formal in one fabric and playful , summery beach walk in another. I will definitely will sew lots of shirt-dresses for this year!

  • Jill
    Posted at 10:23h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday, Sarah!!! The posting of the Closet Case Kalle pattern reminded me that I have that pattern and you have motivated me to sew it.!

  • Karen
    Posted at 10:35h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday!!
    Love the white shirt dress the Dutchess of Cambridge wore to Wimbledon this year by British designer Suzannah!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 10:36h, 10 November Reply

    I have a favorite picture of my mother from the early 1950. She is wearing a yellow shirt dress, red kitten heels, sunglasses and carrying a straw purse. I thought she looked so elegant.

  • Rebecca Trittel
    Posted at 10:36h, 10 November Reply

    Currently I am finishing my second Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress. Love that pattern! Have a great birthday – and thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity for your book!

  • Kimberly Thomason
    Posted at 10:37h, 10 November Reply

    I was immediately taken with Samantha Sung’s Audrey cotton dress. Yes, it has a beautiful, classic shape and I’m a suckerr for 3/4 sleeves. But that Picasso flower fabric is stunning! I can’t wait to receive your latest boom and make my own. Thanks!

  • Krystyna Sibilska
    Posted at 10:40h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday!
    Thank you for the inspiration, I love shirt dresses. Just need the right pattern.

  • Maryellensews
    Posted at 10:41h, 10 November Reply

    Shirt dresses have been on my to do list for a while – this is just the boost I need . I’d love to win the Style Arc one as I’ve also wanted to try. Style Arc pattern . But please pass the book on to someone else as I’m patiently awaiting the copy I ordered !
    Happy , Happy birthday Sarah !! I’m sooo fortunate I’ve been able to meet you & Julie both .🥰

  • Sandra Woods
    Posted at 10:47h, 10 November Reply

    The best thing about shirt dresses? Put one on and you’re done! No looking for the right top or bottom.

  • Jaclyn Jacquard
    Posted at 10:56h, 10 November Reply

    Hope your birthday is the best one yet.
    The last shirt dress I made was when I first started sewing. It was a glorious burgundy stripe rayon crepe. I wore it once then washed it only to find it had shrunk beyond all recognition.- so many lessons learned on that make 🙂
    Thank you for this chance to win your book.

  • Rianna Brown
    Posted at 10:56h, 10 November Reply

    I have been at the sewing game for 48 years! I think I last made a shirt dress when I was 19…..time to delve into the Shirtdress trend anticipated for 2020. So I have come to realize that not all variations of certain styles suit me…..I prefer an elongated look so no belt, fitted over the bust and hips, back darts for waist shaping. After assessing my preferences and knowing what suits my body type best at 59, pattern selection is not so over-whelming and ultimately post-make disappointing. Fabric choice is probably going to be interesting….I am thinking a stretch cotton sateen. I love the comfort level that a fabric with a slight stretch affords.
    . It’s good to put some thought when venturing into a new style!

  • Tamara Kemp
    Posted at 10:58h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday 🎂 I love my denim shirt dress. I dress it up with a red belt and some cute little red flats.

  • LInda Galante
    Posted at 11:02h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday Sarah! My favorite me made shirt dress is made from stretch cordouroy. It’s cozy and timeless!

  • Jan Pitts
    Posted at 11:03h, 10 November Reply

    I definitely see a new shirt dress in the near future. One of my 1st sewing projects was a shirt dress I made in home ec (back when that was part of the educational curriculum) and I loved it. It is a true classic! I am a Scorpio also with a birthday 5 days after yours. Happy birthday 🎂

  • Helga Hamlin
    Posted at 11:06h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday. I love shirt dresses and have Vogue 9345 on my make list. I dislocated my elbow in August and have to wait to get the all clear from the doctor to start sewing again. Looking forward to making several shirt dresses again.

  • Alice Boudreaux
    Posted at 11:10h, 10 November Reply

    Easy, classic & stylish … the shirt dress. I can’t wIt to get my hands on your new book!

  • Diane Wittik
    Posted at 11:15h, 10 November Reply

    Well, I’m short waisted so I’m not sure a shirt dress is flattering for my figure, but I am willing to make one with the inspired patterns!

  • Christine Schwab
    Posted at 11:16h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Happy Birthday! I have finally gotten Silhouette Patterns Sonja blouse fitting just how I want it- now to add length to make the shirt dress vision I have had in my head for a while. Just need to select my fabric… and the intended season. Thanks for the prompt.

  • Susan McGowan
    Posted at 11:20h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday Sarah!! I have gotten back into shirt dresses because of J McLaughlin. Love the ease and style which seems appropriate in any situation. However at $220 a pop i am looking through my patterns. Surely i can duplicate at a whole lot less. Lol And I can pick the fabric! Such a classic style!!

  • Ann H.
    Posted at 11:22h, 10 November Reply

    My Grandmother gave me my first shirt dress when I was 13. I’ve been hooked since then.
    Happy Tuesday birthday.

  • Birgit Knutsen
    Posted at 11:30h, 10 November Reply

    I first fell in love with the shirtdress as a young girl while perusing pattern catalogues with my mother. They are so chic! I’ve worn variations of them since jr. high school and recently completed a Reeta shirtdress. I love it, of course!

  • Denie Crowder
    Posted at 11:31h, 10 November Reply

    Shirtwaist dresses remind me of the dresses that my mother sewed foe me when I was in high school! Can’t wait to try one on my own.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Rena D.
    Posted at 11:39h, 10 November Reply

    Many happy returns of the day, Sarah! I love reading your posts. Years ago I made an aloha shirt for my dad and wanted to make something similar for my mom, only I turned it into a dress. I used Victoria Jones’ Men’s Aloha shirt pattern 210, view A (; lengthened it, and added pockets. It wasn’t my best work because I was still learning to sew. She still wears it to this day.

  • LB
    Posted at 11:43h, 10 November Reply

    My mother made herself a long shirt dress for my wedding. It was beautiful!

  • Liz Alonso
    Posted at 11:58h, 10 November Reply

    I wanted to make a denim shirt dress so I ordered Simplicity 8014. When my fabric arrived I pulled the pattern out and began separating the pieces so I could copy them. I had piled them on the table… next to a candle. When one of the pieces shifted it caught fire! Guess how fast pattern tissue burns? Every piece dissolved into a tiny pile of ash in mere seconds. Needless to say I don’t have candles around when I’m sewing anymore! I quickly purchased another copy of the pattern and my dress turned out fabulous… without starting any fires. 🙂

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 12:00h, 10 November Reply

    One of the first patterns I sewed by myself as a young child was a shirt dress style. I still love remembering the sound of that button hole attachment on my mom’s old singer.

  • Mary Lynn Cheely
    Posted at 12:01h, 10 November Reply

    The name shirtwaist dress presumes that one has a waist – which doesn’t include me! Are there any shirt……. dress patterns that don’t wind up just looking like a fabric box? Happy Birthday! You and Julie both get younger looking 🙂

  • peggy leah
    Posted at 12:27h, 10 November Reply

    Shirt dresses have been my “go to” style for a long time.. I keep trying to find ways to change them up. So happy my favorite style
    is so en vogue!

  • Anne Scanapico
    Posted at 12:27h, 10 November Reply

    Sarah thank you for the opportunity to win your new book. Interestingly, I just put it on my wish list on Amazon yesterday before I saw this. I have been looking at all different designs of the shirt dress because I’m going on a long driving trip in England and Scotland next year and I would like to have the one dress. I love Samantha Sung’s bodice fit and I love the skirt volume on Gabrielle Hearst designs. I’ve been eyeing the Vogue 9345 to make, however I am short so I don’t know if it is going to look good on me but I will make a mock up. Thanks again

  • Mary Winningham
    Posted at 12:32h, 10 November Reply

    I have always loved the look of a shirtdress but I didn’t think it was possible to make one for me but you have some real possibilities for my body in your pictures. Thank you and a very Happy Birthday to you!!

  • Leslie Jones
    Posted at 12:34h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! I have the Natalia by Seamwork in my queue to sew. I do love that Italia though! Congratulations on the book.

  • Susanne Scheurwater
    Posted at 12:35h, 10 November Reply

    What I think is absolutely the best about shirt dresses is that they can be made from printed fabric, plain fabric, stripes, flowers, you name it and it will fit the occasion! short sleeves, long sleeves, sleeveless, it is the ticket to almost every occasion! I just love a well made shirt dress and although I have some extra weight (always to lose), I can wear a shirt dress!!
    Thanks for your constant inspiration!! I hope I am picked.

  • Mary Winningham
    Posted at 12:39h, 10 November Reply

    I have longed to put a shirtdress on my imperfect body but just go to the next page in the pattern book. You have included pictures of shirtdresses that even I can wear(. Thanks and Happy Birthday😊

  • Kathleen Delcourt
    Posted at 12:45h, 10 November Reply

    I’ve noticed that Janice Dean, the meteorologist on Fox and Friends, wears a lot of shirtwaist dresses. It’s a style that suits her and you can tell she’s loving it.. I loved mine in the 60’s!

  • June
    Posted at 12:47h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! I have not made a shirt dress, but have had my I eye on one from Itch To Stitch and Vogue. Thank you for opportunity.

  • Andrea Engelhardt
    Posted at 12:57h, 10 November Reply

    I love a shirtwaist dress. It’s always a classic and you can never go wrong with a classic!

  • Mary Creighton
    Posted at 12:59h, 10 November Reply

    My mother wore a lot of shirt dresses, she never wore pants. She died almost 20 years ago and I saved my favourite one, a patterned red silk dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a full skirt. It has seen better days, but still looks beautiful and reminds me of her. When I look back on my own clothing, I wore a few shirtwaists, as well. My prom dress, in the 70s was one that I saved. It, too has seen better days as I used it as a costume in 2 plays, dyed it and used it again for Halloween several years ago, too. They truly are classics! Happy Birthday and thanks!

  • Janet Shaw
    Posted at 13:01h, 10 November Reply

    Hope your birthday was wonderful. I discovered the Grain Line Archer shirtdress last year and made 4. All with the gathered skirt, which I was a bit dubious about it at first due to not having a waist, but it works really well. Do follow the tip about doing 3 lines of gathering stitches it really does make for very neat gathers. I have also made the Style Arc Italia shirtdress but, despite having used a lot of their patterns, found this way too small using my usual Style Arc size. If you plan to make it check the measurements carefully. Style Arc also have the Blair shirtdress which can also be adapted as a shirt. Very easy to make and comfortable to wear.
    Looking forward to being able to purchase your new book.

  • Kathleen M Smith
    Posted at 13:07h, 10 November Reply

    Shirt dresses are fabulous. I love your posts.

  • Linda Anderson
    Posted at 13:12h, 10 November Reply

    Wow! You continue to inspire and motivate me to sew, so much more than you know.
    I love the shirt dress you just made in your previous post as it show cased the fabric so beautifully. No seam from the placket on down the front really made the difference.
    Happy birthday to you! And thanks again for all you do to keep your fellow sewists motivated!

  • Laura
    Posted at 13:22h, 10 November Reply

    A book on shirt dresses is perfect. Happy Birthday to a wonderful inspiring sewist.!

  • Brenda Van Matre
    Posted at 13:22h, 10 November Reply


    I loved all of the inspirational photos of shirt dresses. So far, I have only made one shirt dress using McCalls 6696 pattern, which has custom cup sizes. After reading your blog, I think I better get started on another one soon. Thanks for the motivation. Happy birthday.

    Brenda Van Matre

  • Bettye Jean Torres-Saleh
    Posted at 13:26h, 10 November Reply

    Can’t wait to start a shirt dress. I’m inspired. I already have the book on order but would love another to give as a gift. Much love to you and your family. I’ve followed you for years but never commented.

  • Melissa LaPointe
    Posted at 13:28h, 10 November Reply

    My favorite shirt dress was an emerald green silk one that I bought when I lived in Jackson Mississippi in the 1980s. Wish I still had it AND that is still would fit.

  • Khristina Fuller
    Posted at 13:42h, 10 November Reply

    I love the Rosa Shirt and Dress from Tilly and the buttons, It fits me so beautifully and looks amazing. I have made it so many ways. For one dress I modified it to have shoulder princess seams for a different look that doesn’t split up the fabric and for another I I added flair to to the skirt portion to make it more twirly.

    I want to try out a notched collar dress now and I have had my eye on Muse Melissa dress ( It has interesting princess seams and those cute V pockets.

  • Elaine Hamilton
    Posted at 13:42h, 10 November Reply

    I love shirt dresses. Suit me perfectly with a collar, buttons down the front or just to the waist. I wore a shirt dress from a few years back from Talbots to church this morning. Was just thinking I should make myself one and here was your post. The V9269 is on my list and the one Julie made. Happy Birthday.

  • Carol Bassett
    Posted at 13:49h, 10 November Reply

    I love shirt dresses with full skirts because they look the best on me. About 10 years ago, I was wearing a newly made shirt dresses that fit well and had great graphic print. One of my coworkers remarked that it was very retro. While that wasn’t my intention, I wasn’t mad. I love being able to make clothing I like that is flattering, no matter what the styles are.

  • Judy Pineda
    Posted at 13:53h, 10 November Reply

    First of all, Happy Birthday, and thank you for sharing it with us!! Second, I LOVE that blue and white shirtdress that you are wearing – it looks beautiful on you!! Third, for myself (lacking a clearly defined waist in my later years), I prefer a mid-thigh shirtdress length, longer than a blouse, but a bit shorter than what I would wear as a dress. Then I use leggings or tights and boots. This shirtdress style has no defined waistline. Thanks for asking!

  • Joan Partrick
    Posted at 13:59h, 10 November Reply

    My mother used to wear shirt dresses. With pearls, dressed up. Without pearls, fixing breakfast. Such a universal design. Glad it’s coming back!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 14:00h, 10 November Reply

    WOW…Year 2020 is the year of the shirtdress…..many I love. Just received my deep deep pink 100% linen which I plan to wear at the 2020 Chelsea flower show…. (my sister is and I are going) .and I think it should be an upscale shirt dress!
    Now to find cute shoes!
    Oh I hope I win this contest….and Happy Birthday Sara…………….Laura
    PS: Just got a note from AMAZON that my book, as in your and Julie’s new book, will arrive Dec. 10th! I was looking forward to reading this week-end……0h well.

    • Laura Casey
      Posted at 14:02h, 10 November Reply

      I meant “my sister and I”……

  • Maribeth
    Posted at 14:03h, 10 November Reply

    I tried to copy o picture in this comment but could not. The iconic June Cleaver in her shirt dress and pearls welcoming home the Beaver from school makes me smile. I wanted to grow up and dress just like her!

  • Daisy Barreto
    Posted at 14:03h, 10 November Reply

    The Vogue 9345 would be lovely to make. I
    have always liked shirt dresses. I can’t wait to get your newest book!

  • Fran Johnson
    Posted at 14:13h, 10 November Reply

    Thank you for highlighting this style. The first dress I ever made was shirtdress in 9th grade Home Ec class…definitely dating myself, but what goes around comes around. My Mother and her friends wore shirt dresses for work, casual, or formal occassions…just different fabric or design details. They also translate to all body types. Looking forward to your book and to adding some shirt dresses to wardrobe.

  • Lesley Isaac
    Posted at 14:26h, 10 November Reply

    My dear mum made a beautiful sunshine yellow shirt dress for me when I was young and it made me feel like a princess. She used to frequently wear them herself complete with pearls or crystals depending on the dress. She was a very stylish lady and I miss her dearly..

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 14:29h, 10 November Reply

    Sounds like it is time for a shirtdress in the near future for me. It will be the second go-around as I was an avid shirtdress wearer in my 20’s. I made a few….one was an interesting leopard print. and had a dropped waist panel (to get rid of fabric over the hips) and elastic waist that I wore a belt over. It got a lot of wear and I certainly felt stylish.! Now, less fullness and more sleek lines appeal to me . Happy Birthday Sarah! I certainly enjoy your creativity and inspiration…… keeps me sewing!

  • Allie Casey
    Posted at 14:45h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday to you, Sarah! I can’t talk about shirtdresses without mentioning Claire McCardell. She changed the way American women dressed and so often gets left out of the conversation. Cheers to you both.

  • Barbra Love
    Posted at 14:52h, 10 November Reply

    Love a shirt dress! I remember my mother cut out a nice mustard challis shirt dress and had stashed the pieces in the closet of her makeshift workroom back in 1970- I was about 9 years old. Not realizing they were a dress in the making, I claimed the conveniently small pieces, which were probably pockets or the bodice, and cut them into triangle shaped diapers for my doll! Sorry Mom! Now we are all much older and maybe it’s time I pay my penance and make her a dress !

  • Jane A Skoch
    Posted at 15:16h, 10 November Reply

    I recently discovered shirtdress suits me. I was in Mystic, CT and visited a resale shop and found an adorable Tommy Hilfiger shirt dress. I liked the style so much that I later bought a denim shirt dress that I can wear almost year round. I really need to try sewing one.

  • Rita Johnson
    Posted at 15:55h, 10 November Reply

    I made Simplicity 8014, an ASG designated pattern, to wear at the 2018 conference on “wear your Simplicity pattern” day during conference. I didn’t know what to expect from the pattern, but fitting me was minimal and it was so easy to put together! I love some of the patterns you showed, and may venture out!

  • Lisa T
    Posted at 16:01h, 10 November Reply

    I don’t wear dresses often, but when I do it’s usually a shirtdress. My most recent make was using Vogue 8772, my favorite buttonfront shirt, made in a rayon challis. I just lengthened the shirt to a just below knee length, and drew the side seams at a small angle to provide slight fullness to the skirt. So my tip: if you have a TNT buttonfront shirt pattern, it’s easily modified into a dress. No need to reinvent the wheel.

  • Margaret MAck
    Posted at 16:03h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday to you and to me. Shirt dresses are the best. I went to a women’s college and we were required to wear dresses to classes. I wore the same shirtdress to class everyday for two years. It was washed of course. Lol. Congratulations on your new book.

  • Claire
    Posted at 16:05h, 10 November Reply

    Funny — I just packed a shirt dress to wear everyday this week at business casual meetings in Thailand! Still never sewn one. Happy birthday and congrats on the book!

  • Lin Tomlin
    Posted at 16:16h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday Sarah.imy mum made me my first shirt dress in red when I was 8 and have loved them since

  • Jeanne Andeweg
    Posted at 16:28h, 10 November Reply

    The Armidale pattern looks like one of my dresses that I have worn for a number of years. Shirt dresses will always be in style! Thanks for all your inspiration.

  • Dianne Gaines
    Posted at 17:06h, 10 November Reply

    Hi Sarah and Happy Birthday,
    A couple summers ago I made a sleeveless McCalls 6885 in a cotton print. Have loved it! Have had my mind set on a denim shirtdress since then, great for fall and winter to wear with tights and boots! Haven’t decided on the pattern yet! Excited to get your book, waiting on mine to arrive, if I should win will pass on to my sister.

  • Jody Hug
    Posted at 17:07h, 10 November Reply

    I always thought I would be swallowed up in a shirt dress. But you look so good in it and I know you aren’t that tall. Makes me want to try the McCall’s 6885!
    Happy Birthday Scorpio Sister, mine is tomorrow.

  • Barbara Schwartz
    Posted at 17:09h, 10 November Reply

    Such a classic style for every body type.

  • Maureen Jordan
    Posted at 17:42h, 10 November Reply

    I love your blog – you are inspiring!
    I have made a S8384 3 times – once as a top and twice as a dress,
    I have bought other patterns, and plan to make more shirt dresses soon.
    Thank you for sharing your sewing journey – and happy Birthday!

  • Karey Harrison
    Posted at 18:21h, 10 November Reply

    Burda shirt dress 05/2012 #137 is on my to-do list. It is very similar to an actual 1950s shirt dress I wore and loved when I was at uni. I love the style of it. No longer on Burda website, so have saved image to my Google drive.

  • Chris stickland
    Posted at 18:30h, 10 November Reply

    My favourite shirtdress is the Kallie by closet case files. 2 made and at least 2 more in the tank. Looking forward to the imminent release of your next book.

  • Barbara Kane
    Posted at 18:35h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday Sarah and best of luck with your new book. I have Butterick 6333 ready to sew. It is a very flattering silhouette. My tip would be to check your measurements against the pattern so that the waist ends up in the correct place. Even on my petite frame I sometimes add extra to the bodice to have it feel and look right.

  • Lyndalee Korn
    Posted at 18:36h, 10 November Reply

    I love Vogue 9345. Haven’t made or bought it yet. Waiting for your book. I used to wear shirtwaist dresses most of the time. I got older and plumper. This more alterations were needed. I thought maybe I was to large in the waist to look good in a dress unless it was loose fit. But I’m becoming more adventurous.

  • Melissa Archer
    Posted at 19:07h, 10 November Reply

    How exciting to learn 2020 is the year of the shirt dress, which I’ll be making and wearing to a family reunion in July. My first ever shirt dress at fifty three! Yours is a wonderful example –and I’m relieved to see my preference for lively prints featured at Bergdorfs. I was satisfied with my choice of dress but now that it ticks even more boxes I’m ecstatic! Congratulations on the successful release of your book and best wishes for a happy, happy birthday!

  • Vivian Zornek-Katz
    Posted at 19:29h, 10 November Reply

    :I love shirt dresses. What a great subject to address. So far the only ones I have ever made, except for one in the 1980’s has been from simply lengthening a blouse pattern that fit me. You must include Caroline Herrera’s formal shirt dresses as they have always inspired me, but I have yet to create one.

  • Patricia Greely
    Posted at 19:34h, 10 November Reply

    Oh Sarah! This is a wonderful topic, I just love reading everyone’s shirtdress stories and comments! Happy birthday, fellow Scorpio; mine is on Saturday, Nov 16th! I have had a few wonderful shirtdresses over more years than I care to mention. My second favorite was a silk knit, DVF signature print ( white and blue) it had a self belt, long, cuffed slevws and a collar. It was a size two, and picked I it up for about $15 in Filene’s Basement! Oh did I feel and look great in that dress! My absolute favorite was my first. It was a very fine cotton sateen in a golden chamois color. It was second hand, and was an oldie from Talbot’s. It buttoned up above the waste, and had a placket covering the buttons.i remember the bodice was self lined and had fabulously engineered ( and perfectly placed for me) bust darts and princess Sean’s It was very tailored, with a straight skirt and short cuffless sleeves. It was dreamy soft. I was a young college student working in a Boston accounting office, and it was just the thing to keep me looking professional and classic in the warm Boston summers. It hatched my love affair with shirtdresses, and I have never looked back. My feeling is that classic never goes out if style, nor do luxury fabrics and a precise fit. And when you know you look like a million, you feel that way!

  • Mary Beth Haggerty
    Posted at 19:39h, 10 November Reply

    Hey Sarah

    Happy Birthday!

    I have not made a shirt dress….I have one cut out (Red stretch sateen) but am scared to start!! 🤦‍♀️. Nervous about the fit. I chose McCalls 6696 for the structure around the middle to define my waist and create a nice shape. You’ve inspired me to take the leap!!

  • Kim Dimond
    Posted at 19:44h, 10 November Reply

    The Kalle shirt dress is on my sewing table. A fellow Tunic Bible classmate at 5/8 Seams in Charleston had one on and I loved it!

  • Dinah Gabel
    Posted at 19:54h, 10 November Reply

    After years of sewing, I hate to admit that I’ve never made a shirt dress! I would love to add one to my wardrobe and look forward to making one soon. I think Princess Kate has had a wonderful effect on the popularity of them.

    Dinah Gabel

  • Bonnie-Rae Bailey
    Posted at 19:55h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! Shirt dresses look so put together!. You’ve inspired me to try a shirt dress for myself!

  • Marjorie Anderson
    Posted at 20:11h, 10 November Reply

    I always find it interesting the way classics weave their way in and out of the fashion scene. I recall one of my mother’s favorite dresses was a shirtwaist dress many years ago. I will definitely be stitching one up!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 20:17h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! I really enjoy your blog and spent the summer successfully sewing 4 tunic dresses from your first book The Tunic Bible and I love it. I’ve been looking forward to the new book and put it on my Christmas List. In the late 70s I made my 1st shirtwaist. It was high school and mom, a single parent, didn’t have money for extra clothes beyond school clothes and an Easter dress. She was always dressed smashingly but shopped at a consignment store. I sewed new dresses and casual wear. My shirtdress was white cotton, sleeveless and I added lime green piping around the peter pan collar, on either side of the placket and edging the arm scythe. I copied a dress from a department store called Belk’s. I used lime green buttons. I loved that dress and kept it for many many years even after after i outgrew it because I did such a good job with it.

  • Kathy Sprague
    Posted at 20:27h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! I guess I have been putting off sewing a shirt dress, long enough! I own McCall’s 6885 and after seeing the dress images in this post, I am inspired to start my own, this week! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Graca
    Posted at 20:31h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday Sarah and congratulations to you and Julie on the new book. I would love the opportunity to win the book and to share a tip or two. I just finished making a shirtdress earlier this week with McCall’s 7546. It’s actually a shirt pattern that I extended eight inches to create a dress length. I think it’s a great idea if you have a shirt pattern that has the fit and/or details you like to make it into a shirtdress. Although, I did like the pattern (I’ve made three versions), after the first one I switched the sleeve, placket and cuff pattern with Vogue 1503 and used the pocket pattern piece from another Vogue pattern. It’s a classic because they’re so comfortable and easy to style. One more tip, invest in a buttonhole cutter, it will make opening all those buttonholes a breeze!

  • Debbie Pyle Verhoeven
    Posted at 20:57h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday, Sarah. I have never sewn a shirt dress. All those buttonholes intimidate me. I like the style in denim.

  • Suzanne Offner
    Posted at 21:05h, 10 November Reply

    I love shirtdresses and you made me realize I don’t actually have one right now. I’m going to have to check out the patterns with tutorials.

  • Kathy Zachry
    Posted at 21:15h, 10 November Reply

    Hi, Sarah, and happy birthday. I would love to wear shirt dresses, but I’m 5’4” tall, wear a size 18-20 pattern, have a DDD bust, and am short-waisted to boot. All this leads to disaster for a waisted dress! Does a shirt dress HAVE to have a defined waist? I’d love to win your book!

  • Amy Woods
    Posted at 21:27h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday and thank-you for sharing this contest with us!
    I haven’t tackled making a shirt dress just yet….however, when I do
    it will be the Armidale Dress pattern as I admire the V-neck and not
    so much fabric surrounding the bodice, but a more slim line look hanging
    from the top portion of this dress down to it’s hem.

  • Kristine Bohon
    Posted at 21:44h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! I love a shirtdress! The first two dresses I ever made were both shirtdresses, around 10 years ago. New Look 6587 in navy corduroy and then McCalls 6696 in large scale green and white linen gingham. I think I have received more compliments on those two dresses than anything else I have made.

  • Kathy Hills
    Posted at 21:48h, 10 November Reply

    I have the Tilly and The Buttons Pattern and the course too. I also the fabric – now I just need to get it done. With the news of 2020 being the year of the shirtdress, I will have to make it happen.

  • Janice Delahunty
    Posted at 22:00h, 10 November Reply

    Happy birthday!
    I love shirt dresses but have shied away from sewing one. I’ve worked very hard to master sewing the classic button down shirt and am finally satisfied with my efforts! I’m ready to take the plunge with Simplicity 6696. What I like about this pattern is the variations in the skirt fullness and sleeve options.

    I once had a black shirt dress (bought back in the day) that I literally wore out! I’m looking forward to sewing one and wearing it out, too!

  • Janice Delahunty
    Posted at 22:12h, 10 November Reply

    Oops! It was McCalls 6696

  • Melissa Bauska
    Posted at 22:31h, 10 November Reply

    Happy Birthday!!! Glad the new book will be arriving soon, I’m so excited for my copy to arrive. I also am eyeing McCalls 6885 for a new shirtdress for me. 🙂

  • Sheri Lewis
    Posted at 22:39h, 10 November Reply

    Thanks for all of the inspiration regarding a shirtdress. I love the very fitted denim look midi and the ruffle sky blue, hi-low hem. These would stretch your wardrobe through the year.

  • Sara Measner
    Posted at 22:39h, 10 November Reply

    I have MANY shirtdress patterns. Trying to work up the courage to sew one, as my buttonhole function on my sewing machine does not work.

  • Angela Wilson
    Posted at 23:03h, 10 November Reply

    I wore OOP McCalls 6520 view D today. I made it several years ago. I love it because it’s a shirt dress but it is for knit fabric, something not readily apparent from the pattern cover. It makes the dress super comfortable!

  • Katherine Finch
    Posted at 23:14h, 10 November Reply

    I have a thick waist for my size, and love that a shirt dress doesn’t have to have a distinct waist line. A slimming effect.

  • Pamela Hastings
    Posted at 23:15h, 10 November Reply

    My favorite shirt dress ever was Vogue 1821 Designer pattern by Ralph Lauren. I made it in a striped oxford fabric. It buttoned in the front but also had a side zip so the fit was spot on. I wore it over and over – one of those garments that just came together perfectly – perfect fabric perfect fit and I always felt good in it! Maybe I will find the pattern online and make it again!

  • Paula Chipman
    Posted at 23:22h, 10 November Reply

    I love all styles of shirt dresses! They’re classic and have clearly stood the rest of time. Happy Birthday—I celebrate mine 3 days after you!

  • Delois Campbell
    Posted at 00:57h, 11 November Reply

    I remember my first shirt dress. It was belted, pleated and short-sleeved. Of course, it was one of my favorite dresses because I not only felt special when I wore it but I looked so stylish and neat. It would be ideal to make V9269.

  • Nancy Nixon
    Posted at 00:58h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! Shirt dresses have not been my favorite because I have difficulty getting the waist to hit in the right place and I don’t care for belted dresses but I’d love to try Julie’s faux suede version of the Rosa Shirtdress! Hope I win!

  • N. MacGregor
    Posted at 02:56h, 11 November Reply

    Years ago when I graduated from university I purchased a black wool crepe, lined shirt dress made my Ports Canada – which was a very expensive high end brand. For some reason the price tag on the dress was incorrect (but still more than I could afford at the time) and luck was with me that the dress was my size.. I instantly purchased the dress and wore it everywhere for years – to job interviews, to work, to dressy social events (even a New Year’s Eve party) along with a few funerals. The dress was basically a classic style and combined with the high quality wool crepe it was elegant but simple at the same time and I could dress it up with a scarf or jewellery etc. I loved the dress and still have fond memories of it. Glad to see the shirt dress is making a come back because having a few in one’s wardrobe makes getting dressed in the morning a no brainer in my book.

  • Lis Taylor
    Posted at 03:17h, 11 November Reply

    I returned to sewing in 2017 with a classic Burda shirt dress and this catapulted me into the obsessions I have had with me made clothes since then. I love them

  • Frances Hall
    Posted at 04:04h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! I have some white linen/cotton blend with which I plan to make a Deer & Doe Myosotis dress. Should be fun.

  • Bronwyn David
    Posted at 06:41h, 11 November Reply

    Happy birthday to you. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us – literally and metaphorically. I’m loving the deep frills on the classic shirtdress style. Very up-to-date. Amazing how one style can move with the times so effectively.

  • Miss Daisy
    Posted at 06:53h, 11 November Reply

    Aaugh !!! So many choices , I couldn’t pick just one. I LOVE shirt dresses , have been wanting to make a couple and your post has given me just the push I need to accomplish it. Love your blog and have been a huge fan since the first one , you make creating seem effortless – so charming and southern . Shirt dresses are timeless and everything else I love in a dress . I promise that list is not too long. Have a Blessed week and a Happy Birthday.

  • M-C
    Posted at 07:01h, 11 November Reply

    Happy birthday! What do you get for the woman who has every possible pattern already 😏? But seriously, my mother wore many shirtdresses with full skirts into the 60s. The one that caught my eye though is the Kalle, which looks more modern. I am thinking like rianna that a stretch cotton sateen would work well with it, allow more comfortable sitting..

  • Karen Caron
    Posted at 07:04h, 11 November Reply

    I’ve always liked shirtdress patterns but have yet to make myself one. Maybe this year I finally will! Happy birthday!

  • Gloria Robison
    Posted at 07:05h, 11 November Reply

    My school uniform during the fall and spring term was a pastel shirt dress, many many years ago! I am looking forward to making one. Enjoy your blogs tremendously.

  • Tempe Lampe
    Posted at 07:26h, 11 November Reply

    I love the details and color combination of the shirtdress on the model in Vogue 2708 by Federico Forquet circa 1970. If I ever see this pattern for sale in my size at a reasonable price I will buy it. Happy birthday!

  • Priscilla Wissink
    Posted at 07:45h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! Hope this makes you smile!

    My sister made a classic shirtdress several years ago out of seersucker. She was so proud of it because it was very difficult for her being a beginner sewist. When she finished she turned around to her granddaughter,who was 6 or 7 at the time, and said how do you like it?

    She said, ” It looks like the dresses. you know. that those ladies wear that clean houses!”

    After we stopped laughing she bundled it up and through it in the trash. She figured a child’s opinion was the most honest one she would get.

  • Robyn Newell
    Posted at 07:46h, 11 November Reply

    I have had a couple of shirtdresses that I loved, but it has been a while! This is the year! I will start with Silhouette Patterns Classic Blouse #600, and go!

  • Donna DeCourcy
    Posted at 08:02h, 11 November Reply

    I like the Harrison shirt dress which evolved from the Harisson shirt. Happy Birthday, Sarah. I look forward to your new book.

  • Tammy Sheehan
    Posted at 08:40h, 11 November Reply

    Inspired!!! I’d love to make one of these in flannel plaid and wear with tights!! Perfect for chilly days when you don’t want to look like an Eskimo. 🙂

  • Reina Green
    Posted at 08:44h, 11 November Reply

    I love shirt dresses because they are easy to wear, always look good, and are easy to get on and off—no wriggling to get a back zipper all the way up! Two of my favourite patterns include the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress and the Itch to Stitch Chai Shirt Dress.

  • MonicaAD
    Posted at 08:56h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday!
    I’ve had making one for a long time and still don’t have one. Thanks for sharing … FIESTA 🙂

  • Mary Jane Kimball
    Posted at 09:29h, 11 November Reply

    My first shirtdress was a red and white pin dot with pin-tucks on the bodice. My grandfather always called it a shirtwaist. Since then, I have always had a shirtdress in chambray, denim or corduroy in my wardrobe. Next up, will be silk.
    Happy Birthday to you. What a year!

  • Shelby Smarte
    Posted at 09:47h, 11 November Reply

    Part of the fun of sewing is to be able to sew a classic style that can so easily go from casual to dressy and us the same pattern!
    Once the pattern is fitted, the fun begins! No matter your shape or size, creativity reigns,

    Happy Birthday from a fellow November baby! Enjoy life!

  • Jean G-Bauer
    Posted at 09:58h, 11 November Reply

    I have been in love with shirt waists since my Mom made me my white dotted swiss version for my 8th grade Confirmation. I’m retired now so that was awhile ago. I just wish my life style allowed me to wear a dress more often. It most likely would be a shirt waist with a twirl. A girl is never to old for a good twirl!

  • Brigid JOhnson
    Posted at 09:59h, 11 November Reply

    I love shirt dresses! So easy to wear and style! And I love that they are coming back in style in a big way! Your first book was excellent! Thank you!

  • Amy Mayer
    Posted at 10:36h, 11 November Reply

    I absolutely adore shirt dresses- not because they are so classic and iconic but can be interpreted so individually! The types of fabrics that you can use are beautifully demonstrated in the pictures you posted. My wish list of styles is way beyond my time but I have goals!! Congrats on the book ( looks like another winner) and Happy Birthday

  • Ann Maresh
    Posted at 10:59h, 11 November Reply

    Happy birthday Sarah. I turn 84 tomorrow. I have loved shirtdresses since I learned to sew in Home Ec class in junior high school. Somehow I wasn’t intimidated by all those buttonholes even though the attachments on machines were klutzy.

  • Andrea Birkan
    Posted at 11:12h, 11 November Reply

    I wish you a very happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely day. Tomorrow is my son’s 33rd birthday too. I have not made a shirt dress yet but I do have the pattern and fabric lined up to make it! I am going to use McCalls 7470 in a beautiful printed floral navy eyelet fabric from Promenade Fine Fabrics, 🎁🎉🎂🎈🍰🌹🧥🧵

  • Mary Reiling
    Posted at 11:21h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday Sarah. Your article complete with so many images is very inspiring. I plan a shirtdress in a striped linen. I’ll lengthen McCalls 7575 and use a fl ounced sleeve. It will be fun to play with the stripes on the placket and collar.

  • Susi McCarthy
    Posted at 13:48h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special special day. I have had two favorite shirt dresses – one in Denim with long sleeves and one in blue and white gingham with short sleeves. I wore those dresses out!! Guess it’s time to make another one. What fun!!

  • Brenda Everett
    Posted at 14:09h, 11 November Reply

    Hi Sarah! Happy Birthday to you!! I currently have on my sewing ist a flannel shirtdress to wear with tights and boots this winter. I might try out the Butterick pattern that you featured not too long ago. Otherwise Simplicity 8014 is a go to. I would love to win a copy of your book1 Happy sewing.

  • Donna Teeter
    Posted at 14:25h, 11 November Reply

    The shirtdress is certainly a classic, and can flatter any body type since it can be fitted or unfitted, belted or unbelted, short or long, and in any fabric! The lightweight denim from Bergdorf Goodman you showed really inspired me. Various belts, scarves, shoes and boots could make that shirtdress versatile!

  • Susan Davis
    Posted at 15:15h, 11 November Reply

    I love shirt dresses. So classic and timeless. Definitely next on my must sew list for fall/winter.

  • Isabelle
    Posted at 15:23h, 11 November Reply

    It’s great to read that 2020 will be the year of the shirtdress. I’ve sewn the McCall’s 6696 and I love it. Thank you for the giveaway and happy birthday to you, Sarah!

  • Mary Anne Chambers
    Posted at 16:08h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday Sarah, I bought McCalls 6996 shirt dress pattern after seeing some gorgeous versions over on patternreview. It is still sitting in my do to pile. I really must try and get to it.

  • Diana Stanlney
    Posted at 16:16h, 11 November Reply

    It took me a long time to make the Kalle shirt dress, thinking that it would look like a big tent on me. But when I finally made it I went big, doing both the dress length and the tunic length at the same time, and I love it so much! Easy to wear and stylish at the same time.

  • Anne Johnson
    Posted at 17:06h, 11 November Reply

    I have fond memories of my girl guide uniform: a navy shirt dress with belt loops and cargo pockets. We had narrow brown leather belts as well.. I have no pictures, so I need to rely on memory. Your book on Classic Sewing sounds lovely.

  • Ruta Edel
    Posted at 17:33h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Birthday to You! And Happy Birthday to me – I see, we have the birthday on same day. My favourite is Style Arc`s Italia Shirt Dress. Elegant and simple and always good.

  • Donna Burnside
    Posted at 17:42h, 11 November Reply

    Thank you for the opportunity, Sarah. I love shirtdresses in all forms! I got my first shirtdress when I was about seven. It was a blue and white striped cotton. I’d forgotten all about it until I grew up and children of my own. I have several shirtdress patterns and fabrics that would do, but now I think of it, I’ll have to be on the lookout for some blue and white striped shirting cotton, and do a bit of revisiting the past.
    Of course, the shirtdress will have to be a bit longer (but not by much 😉 ) and considerably wider than my first one, but it’ll be fun recreating it. Maybe it’ll be a nice birthday gift to myself. I’m a November girl, too.
    Happy Birthday and thanks again!

  • Jean OReilly
    Posted at 18:11h, 11 November Reply

    November birthdays are in the house! Mine just passed. It was a treat to see some shirtdress possibilities in this posting (knowing there are even more out there) so I am eagerly awaiting your book to start putting options together. Congrats to you and Julie on the book!

  • L. A. Williams
    Posted at 18:22h, 11 November Reply

    Happy Happy Birthday, Sarah. I’m so glad to dive into the shirtdress craze. Through over 45 years of sewing I have made dresses and shirts and skirts and everything in between but, alas,……no shirtdresses. Did I just type alas?HAHA. I have so many patterns in my stash but no V9345. I have to say that I like the skirt on this pattern. I’d really like to check that out. Thank you for all you do and all of the encouragement you send out to all of us sewists. Happy Birthday.

  • Adrian Bettevy
    Posted at 18:26h, 11 November Reply

    I’ve had several Shirt dresses over the years that I’ve enjoyed wearing. In the early ’90s I had one that was midi length, and it was a leopard print but the colors were peacock blue and green. It was lovely and the fabric was almost like a challis. It got a lot of attention.

  • Lucinda Howe
    Posted at 19:51h, 11 November Reply

    I have two shirt dress patterns I’ve never made. You’re inspiring me to get them out and make a dress.
    Happy Birthday, Sarah!

  • Lisa G
    Posted at 21:12h, 11 November Reply

    I want to make a shirt dress, but I’m so afraid of doing a button placket! I need to just bite the bullet and do it!! I have your new book on my Christmas list – winning one would be fantastic!! Happy birthday tomorrow- hope your day is special!!

  • Diann McCarthy
    Posted at 21:49h, 11 November Reply

    Happy birthday!!! I hope you have a grand day. I have several short dresses. Thanks for the idea of paring leggings and boots either the little blue shirt dress.

  • Michelle Gregorek
    Posted at 21:59h, 11 November Reply

    A shirt dress will be on my radar when I unpack all the sewing supplies! Yes, I recently moved and haven’t set up yet. Happy Birthday!

  • Rita
    Posted at 00:47h, 12 November Reply

    Happy birthday! I have one pattern I have used about six times. They are short to long, plain to fancy, and worn consistently. I was able to try many styling ideas with one pattern . Made me feel like I made a big wardrobe investment. I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

  • Kristina
    Posted at 02:14h, 12 November Reply

    Happy Birthday! I think I made 6 shirtdresses this year, they are just so versatile. Absolutely love them in their many different shapes. One of the things I started to do differently after sewing Ralph Pink’s Sahara dress is to attach the placket right side to Front wrong side first and then flip it to the front and top stitch the front down, it’s so much neater every time.

  • Ann Watts
    Posted at 02:18h, 12 November Reply

    You have reminded me – I have the Rosa pattern ready to make up..

  • ParisGrrl
    Posted at 03:51h, 12 November Reply

    I think fit is really the key to this style…when they fit just so, the shirtdress can be absolutely elegant.

  • KC Shocker
    Posted at 06:43h, 12 November Reply

    It’s the cuffs that are intimidating to sew. I have one cut out but have been stalled for months because I’m scared of the cuff pattern piece.. perhaps this is the year to conquer my fear?

  • Elizabeth Lewis
    Posted at 10:22h, 12 November Reply

    Happy Birthday!! The iconic shirtdress lives on! I made my first one 50 years ago and the style is still there. Thank you for sharing the classics.

  • Deon
    Posted at 11:51h, 12 November Reply

    To be honest, I would be new to sewing shirt dresses, although I’ve certainly sewn shirts. More camp shirts though. So for myself, it would probably be a dress version of the camp shirt. But I could certainly see my daughter with Vogue 9269 – thanks for showing the wide variety in patterns!

  • Johanna
    Posted at 14:06h, 12 November Reply

    Being large busted, I have avoided shirt dress, and button down shirts for some time, I purchased V9345 hoping that the cup size options will help avoid gaposis, but haven’t tried it yet. Perfecting buttonholes is on my agenda for next year, so I am hoping to get it made in the spring.

  • Ellen Miller
    Posted at 17:11h, 12 November Reply

    Can’t wait to read the new book!

    Erica Bunker made a wonderful sleeveless shirtdress- with stripes.Stripes going every direction and making perfect sense!

  • Victoria Mallon
    Posted at 01:40h, 20 November Reply

    My shirtdress story is that I sewed my first shirtdress in junior high sewing class.I made it from “Quiana” fabric, a synthetic that looked like shiny silk. It was all the rage in the mid-70’s. My fabric was white with pale blue outlines of butterflies scattered over it. I was with my mom in San Francisco and we bought it in the basement of the Emporium department store as a remnant. In those days it was usually very expensive fabric, but we got a deal. I used a Butterick pattern. The design was like a shirt on top, but had small pleats running from the belted waist. The first 3 or 4 inches of each pleat were topstitched down. I made a self belt with covered buckle. I crossed my fingers as I sewed endless buttonholes (without an automatic buttonholer).I worked hard on that dress and was able to model it at the end of year fashion show. I loved that dress – I felt so grown up in it. The style would still hold up, but unfortunately the shiny fabric with butterflies probably wouldn’t!

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