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!
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!
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!
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!