Wednesday, January 20, 2010

GAP-inspired shirtdress (AKA M5847)

I came across a piece of sandy-khaki colored fabric while sorting out YABFF (Yet Another Box Full o' Fabric) in the basement yesterday.  It's sort of a brushed cotton-y, rather drape-y piece, about 3 yds of 60" which I am thinking about using to make my own version of the GAP khaki shirtdress, seeing how military-inspired clothing is hot for Spring 2010:

What I like about this dress:
  • Drawstring tie belt at waist
  • Buttons/tabs at shoulders and hem
  • 3/4 length sleeves
  • Shirttail hem
What I want to change:
  • Patch pockets over my boobs (not sure exactly how I'll change these); may add/substitute gunflaps at shoulder instead
  • Princess seaming (a la M5847) with pockets in the princess seams, rather than the side seams
  • Maybe add back yoke detail
  • The rolled up sleeves...not a fan
I'll need to draft the pattern for it from my Unique Boutique dress pattern, though, as the M5847 I have in my stash has sizes 14-22, and I need a 10 or 12.  This will be an interesting experiment, morphing the two patterns together and then adding all the details.  I have an old Burda WOF with several dress/shirt designs incorporating tabs/epaulettes, so I'll probably lift a few of them from there.

1 comment:

  1. Well, I really like your take on that dress and you could have been talking about my likes and dislikes about the design. It will be interesting to see how this comes about.


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