Chai Shirtdress by Itch to Stitch

Hi Sewfriends!

I’m back to my school occupational therapist duties this week after a nice 3 weeks sew-cation! I got to test a new pattern for Itch to stitch called the Chai Shirt and dress! Let me share my latest sewing project with you!

So I was scrolling through my bloglovin feed and saw a testers call for a new shirt / shirtdress pattern! If you know me a little, you will not be surprised at all to know that I jumped on the offer! I love shirtdresses!

The Pattern

So a 2 in 1 pattern is always a good thing to have! What drew me to this one was the under bust gathers, the cup options and the fact that I could easily jump from a shirt to a dress using that same pattern! Awesome! I made the shirtdress so I’ll be refering to this pattern as a shirtdress. However, keep in mind that it is also a shirt pattern!

So the pattern has a nice cut. Bust gathers, back waist darts, waistband, A-Line skirt and pockets. I find that is is a straight forward make and a nice project for advanced beginner!


The process

As an experimented shirtdress maker, I found this one to be quite easy to make. The button band was integrated to the bodice, waistband and skirt pattern pieces. That alone saved a lot of time since you only need to press the band in place. Collar construction is pretty similar to other companies instruction. Having separate interfacing pattern pieces was very helpful. I made a mistake during a late night sewing session and only realized it when putting the dress on for the pictures! I stitched my buttonholes on the wrong band. So now I have my dress set up as a men shirt!

My thoughts

Overall,  I love this dress! The gathers are very flattering and feminine! That length is perfect! I would love for the skirt to be fuller so I’ll adjust that on my next version! I’ll go for a circle skirt! I will make sleeves for my next one. Could not add sleeve on this version since I did not have enough fabric! Also, I’ll definitively interface my waistband on my next version for more stability (I followed the pattern instructions so did not interface).

So here is the Chai Dress pattern!

Now, I’m heading back to work with a couple of new work clothes! I’ll keep you posted on my sew-cation sewing. I have a couple of makes to share with you!

Please watch my latest Sew & Tell to see what I made for the first part of summer!

Talk to you soon!

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Join the discussion

  1. Carmen

    Wow, this is super cute! It fits you perfectly.

  2. The Sewing CPA

    This is such a great shirtdress pattern. I’m sure the shirt would look great as well. I love the fabric you used. You look amazing!

  3. Sharon

    I just love your dress! I thought I had enough shirtdress patterns in my stash, but now I need this one too?? Really like the gathers.

  4. Jeanne Carberg

    A beautiful dress, well fitted and a great color on you. I chuckled at your buttonhole confession, since I’ve committed the same mistake myself, and now know, at least for me, that sewing after 5pm, which is at the end of an otherwise long day,
    is not a good idea, because I’ve made far more mistakes then I care to remember. Love your emails and look forward to them.

    • Judith Dee

      Thank you Jeanne! Oh I wouldn’t sew a thing if my sewing curfew was at 5 pm lol! Mine is 11 pm, max midnight! Thank you for your support!

  5. Myra

    Judith, this dress is absolutely adorable!!! Are you trying to convert me to a “dress wearer”? LOL! And believe me, you are not the only one who put the buttons on the wrong side! Not only have I done it on a couple of my tops, I did it on one of my hubby’s and silly him won’t wear it! Oh well, his loss! (I wear mine anyway…no one pays attention to that!). Love your dress very much!

    • Judith Dee

      Hahaha Myra! Let me try to convert you! Smh for your hubby not wanting to wear his shirt! Did he notice it on his own? Something tells me that he would not have realized it if you had not mentioned it! lolll

  6. Manndou

    Nice job! You look great with that color!

  7. Faye Lewis

    Perfect style and color for you Judith!

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