A shirtdress always looks crisp and smart don't you think? So much so that I feel all grown-up when I wear this one! I have wanted to make one for some time. I did make the Collette Hawthorn a few years ago, but it is sadly too small now.
This one has a loose fitting bodice, pleated into the waistband. I added the gathers at the yoke by cutting the back wider. I cut a size 16 for my narrow shoulders, tapering out to a size 20 (eugh!) at the waist. I did make the dress quite a bit shorter than the pattern, as I ran out of fabric! The fabric is from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton, bought several years ago, when I decided that I ought to have a 'stash' of fabric. That wasn't the best idea I ever had, as I don't love all the fabrics in my 'stash' now. In fact, I was a bit dubious about this ditzy print, as I am hankering after the big blowsy prints now. But all is well now as I love this dress! I am looking forward to trying it with boots and a cardigan in the cooler weather.