When I decided to participate in the sew along and I was choosing a pattern, this one was the first runner up. I ended up choosing M5024 for some of it's design features, but I kept this one pulled out and handy.
The cover dress really is ugly- plain brown with a black scarf tied around the waist, but the drawings are cute. The short dress appears to be seersucker and the long, black and white version looks lean and cool. I just happened to purchase this black and white stretch twill a couple of weeks ago at the Hancock's clearance, having no idea what I would do with it. I had just enough for this pattern. It seemed like it was meant to be.
This pattern is much easier than the last one (M5024.) There are fewer pieces since the facings are cut on and the collar is pretty much a straight piece attached to the neckline- no inset corners! The only thing I didn't like is that this pattern has no pockets! I decided to use the pocket pieces from M5024 and add them to the side seams. It worked beautifully.
Although this pattern is pretty plain, it does have a back yoke and front shoulder yokes. I really like those features, even though they are kind of hard to see with this print.
I didn't make a muslin for this. I just made the same adjustments that I made for M5024 (graded to a size 14 at the shoulders and neckline and cut size 16 from bust down, 1.25" of length added to the bodice, 1/4" sway back adjustment) and crossed my fingers. They worked.
This dress is long. I briefly considered shortening the skirt pattern pieces, but decided against it. I figured I could always hem it shorter if I needed to. I didn't. It's almost a maxi dress, but I love how dramatic it is. The skirt moves beautifully and it's very comfortable. I wore it to work today and it wore very well and got compliments, too.
I could see making this again. It might be nice to have another long shirtdress in a solid color- maybe a vivid red or cobalt blue. I also like view A with the puffed sleeves. In the meantime, I have really gone off the shirtdress deep end because I've started a 3rd one. More on that in a future post!