The G Dress

I’m almost embarrassed by how long it is since I sewed up this dress ~ put it this way, more than a term has passed in the mean time. I named it the G Dress, because it’s a gradual dress ~ I cut it out and faffed around for a while before it was finally completed. The pattern is Simplicity 8014, and is the second shirt dress I’ve attempted. I’ve worn it quite a lot, although thanks to my aversion to pre-washing, it has now become a little shorter than I would like. I used some fairly lightweight denim, from Minerva I think, plus some buttons with trees engraved to add a bit of interest. This dress has a couple of features I like; the cuffs on the sleeves and the dipped hem are both nice details. I also like the pleat in the yoke on the back. 

Worn here with a cute scissor brooch on the breast pocket, from the Ernest Wright factory shop. 
The belt isn’t fixed; neither did I make belt loops but I definitely like the definition that the belt adds. Once completed, I immediately cut out another 8014, in a thinner, darker cotton, but I forgot to add length so I already know it will come up fairly short again. For this reason, it’s patiently been sitting in my WIP pile for a few months. 

This was the dress I wore to the Big Simplicity Bloggers Meet, (already three months ago, wow!) and in a room full of lovely ladies wearing home~sewn clothes, I didn’t feel too out of place. 

There’s now a gap in my blog photos, where the H, I, J, K AND L dresses should be. I finished and photographed my M dress yesterday, and N is on the table today so I have some real back tracking to do. Fingers crossed I’ll have another post with you soon. 

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23 responses to “The G Dress

  1. Sam

    If you’re worried that your next dress is going to be a bit short you could finish it with bias binding, it’s quite good for a curved hem and you could either match your fabric or use a contrast as a ‘design’ element. Collette has tips here https://blog.colettehq.com/tutorials/6-ways-to-finish-the-edge-of-your-hem
    That way you only lose a quarter of an inch at the bottom.

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  2. Shock, horror! No pre washing!! It’s the first thing I do when I get my fabric home, bung p it in the washing machine, mainly to make it smell nice that for shrinkage. It doesn’t look too short with your tight and I bet it’ll look good with boots and leggings in the winter too. I’ve had a shirt dress pattern traced off for ages and not gotten round to making it, then all these lovely versions like yours pop up. I need to get on with it 😀

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    • I see SO MANY gorgeous shirt dresses that people have made, they just seem to take quite a lot longer with the collar/buttons etc and I can often lack patience – e.g. I whipped up 2 Sew Over It shift dresses yesterday because it’s such a simple pattern. Maybe we should do a shirt-dress-a-long 😊

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      • Can’t beat a quick make. I’m trying to strike a balance now between wearability and time spent making something. Well, I’m trying not to make anything that I don’t think I’m going to get my wear out of, like my archer – I hardly wear it, but the fit’s not quite right, so maybe if I made some adjustments to the pattern I’d wear the next. I’ve had a shirt dress traced off a while but been putting it off cos a of the time factor. Maybe a sewalong might gee me up.

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  3. I’m guilty of not pre-washing as well – unless it is a rayon/viscose fabric and then I aways do. It looks great anyway! I’m intrigued by the rail on the back of the door – looks very fancy 🙂

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    • Hi Rachel, I’m glad I am not alone in my aversion to pre-washing. I’m not quite sure why there’s a rail on the back of the door, other than there were curtains on many of the doors when we moved in as it’s quite a chilly house in winter. I do like to use it to display a project once it’s completed 😊

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  4. Must admit to bunging my fabric into washer & dryer, too (we can’t peg out over here, but the shower rod gets a workout sometimes). Good pattern for you, even in the slightly shorter version! Have you tried writing yourself a large note & attaching to pattern? I do that sometimes, and wish I did it more. Agree that this should also look grand with boots in winter. Could also pop on a jacket or cardi for more warmth. Very versatile!

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    • I do occasionally remember to make notes on my patterns but mostly tend to assume I’ll just remember – ha! It’s definitely a versatile dress and I like how it can be accessorised or layered depending on when I want to wear it 😊

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  5. Lynsey

    Lovely dress, I think the belt works so well and it really suits you, maybe you could make a design feature with the cut out darker one by adding on a strip a few inches wide a bit like on the Grainline moss skirt.

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  6. I love the dress, and I have to admit I am such a newbie to dressmaking that I had never heard of pre-washing fabric before…

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  7. I rarely pre-wash either but, as I tend to take extra good care of anything I make due to the effort gone into them, it never matters. I reckon that style would look great as a short jumpsuit, too, as that’s what it looks like in the first photo of you wearing it:)

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  8. Great to see you back, love the shirt dress looking forward to seeing the other dresses too. I have been enjoying making and wearing dresses this summer, much cooler than separates, especially in a hot stuffy office.

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  9. I love the dress. If the length bugged me too much I would just add some trim to the bottom of it or a wide border. Nice work on it!

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  10. Kelly Whittington

    I love love love this.

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