Seasonally Inappropriate Nautical Shirt Dress

Since Mary extended the last day of Fall of 1000 Shirt dresses, I managed to finish this M6696 in time. When I bought the pattern, I had some lovely polka dot cotton fabric (hello, January Sewcialist theme!!!) in mind for a nautical version of the dress. I picked up some red and white striped cotton for the contrast. Although, sadly didn’t pick up enough and didn’t get my dream of having the striped for the button band and waistband. Instead, I used white cotton from my stash.

Of course, the dress is incredibly seasonally inappropriate.


Look at how thin that fabric is! I likely won’t be wearing this outside until the weather really warms up in May.

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Here she is inside out, right-side out, and styled with a red tie (not sure how I feel about it, but it was in my closet….so….). I did my usual french seams on the dress and hand-stitched the button bands, collar facing, and waistband on.

Instead of pleating the skirt, I gathered it. I used self-made bias tape for the armholes and made button tabs for the shoulders. This picture is before I put on gold buttons (same buttons from my gold/pink Jenna Cardi):


All of the red and white striped fabric is cut on the bias, except for the details in the collar.

I did a small FBA (1″) on the bodice and graded the waistband up a size (extra 2″).Β I still think the top needs a bit more in the FBA department and I might go up another inch to reduce the pulling in the button band completely.

Not much else to say about the dress. I adore this pattern. I might make it once more before Spring, because I have some lovely purple flowery cotton and purple/white gingham for contrast that is calling out to me… “Andie, make me into a shirt dressssssssss…..ignore the piles of dishes and the floor that needs to be vacuuuuuumed…..Aaaaaaaandieeeeeeeeeeee.” Man, that fabric is persistent. πŸ˜‰

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Since it’s super cold here, I did this photoshoot last night in my sewing room and created a disaster zone there. I am still working on indoor lighting, but I am pleased with the result, especially with the lighting in the top two photos. That is much closer to the lighting I want.

Of course, this seasonally inappropriate dress got me dreaming about tropical paradises and suddenly….




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Yes, those are sequined and feathered pineapples. Yes, I had this lying around my house (lying in our costume bin….yes…we have a costume bin).




In other news…….



Jane Eyre now has a Rochester!!!

My wonderful fiance who is wonderful and does wonderful things for me wonderfully researched sergers for sale on kijiji and came across a wonderful Janome MyLock 204D! And it’s mine now! I need to seriously clean it out and oil it, but it’s mine! The woman who sold it also gave me a bunch of thread, too:



You can’t really see very well, but other than white and black, she gave me forest green, blue, and purple. 29Β cones in total, including the ones in the machine already.Β And she gave me the machine threaded so I can just do the trick Brooke taught me and tie the ends to the other ends for the cone.

I’m so very happy. Thank you to my wonderful fiance! He’s wonderful! I think I’ll marrrrrry him.



28 thoughts on “Seasonally Inappropriate Nautical Shirt Dress

  1. That dress is fantastic! I think you’ll get a lot of wear out of it once it turns warm. πŸ™‚

    And your serger! Yay! And all that thread! The threading looks similar to my janome and it took me a while to learn how to thread it. I watched a lot of YouTube videos! I first did the tie off method, but then the thread broke and I had to figure out how to thread it and eventually got the hang of it. I sure was tired of asking my husband and my father in law to do it for me!!

    1. Thanks, Tanya! πŸ™‚ I need summer to come right now! πŸ˜‰

      I watched a YouTube video on how to thread it. I hope I can do it when the time comes. :S I’m sure I will once I get some practice in. πŸ˜€

    1. Ooooooh, I love the Pajama Game! πŸ˜€ Doris would be proud.

      Can it warm up now? Only problem with making seasonally inappropriate things is the waiting to wear them.

  2. I love the little details of the dress and the red belt! I think this style suits you really well and you should definitely make more especially with that persistent fabric which i already like, it says all the right things haha! Plus pineapples, tropical pradise, a new serger and an adorable husband to be, whatelse could you ask for?? Maybe those dishes and floor cleaned themselves but we can’t have everything i guess!

    1. Thanks so much! πŸ˜€ Darn floors and dishes should learn how to clean themselves! Or the cat should learn. πŸ˜‰

  3. Andie, I LURVE this dress and if we ever meet in person I may have to thieve it! I am sewing vacation wear right now and hating taking pics inside. Congrats on the serger, that little baby is going to rock your sewing world!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Alicia! πŸ˜€ I luuuuuurve (hehe I love that spelling) the serger. Using it is such a breeze. I agree it’s rocking my sewing world! πŸ˜€

  4. Oh, it’s so cute! I was about to be like, “OMG, wear this on the 4th of July! So patriotic!” but then I remembered you’re not American. WHOOPS. Anyway, great fit too, and very pretty insides.

    And I got a new serger too! (Well, for Christmas, actually, but I confess I have been in my sewing room for like 10 minutes in the entirety of January due to lack of sewjo…) I still haven’t even opened the box to figure out how to use it…I’m kind of scared!

    1. LOL. I can still wear it on the 4th of July. πŸ˜‰ I might be on my honeymoon at that time. Since we’re not sure where we are going yet, it could be USA! πŸ˜€ Which means I would just be blending in with y’all. πŸ˜‰

      Lack of sewjo sucks. I got it last year at this time and didn’t touch my sewing machine from Jan-April. Honestly, it was necessary for me. I think we go through those periods to revitalize ourselves. Hopefully yours won’t be as long as mine, but it’s not a bad thing to take a step back. Your serger will be there for the fun to start! πŸ™‚ Don’t be scared. Using it is super easy and super fast. I hear threading it is the worst part and once you get past that you can tie the threads together and rarely re-thread the whole thing again. πŸ˜€

  5. HOt Diggity, Andie,

    You are THE coolest, funniest, sewist I “know”, LOL; okay, albeit cyberlly. I am still working on my Autumn of 1,000 Shirtdresses shirtdress, yikes! I just wrote and asked Mary if I may still include mine over at Flickr just for “inspiration” as she mentioned in her winners post.

    If not, that’s cool because I have a couple new cyber buds (wink-wink) AND a lovely shirtwaist pattern to boot. The shirtwaist is one of my faves since I became interested in recreating a vintage wardrobe.

    Now, I’m going back up to check out yours. Such nice sewing ideas and skills. I love visiting your sewing page.



    1. Oh my goodness, Lyric, thank you so much. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ You’re so awesome.

      I’m sure Mary won’t mind if you add your shirt dress to the flickr group. πŸ™‚ I think we should keep it alive! I have a few more shirt dresses in my head for the future. πŸ˜€

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