Hello April! I don't know where the time is going these days, but it's time for another Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post already. This month, I've got a lovely chambray shirt dress to share with you. Let’s take a look!

The pattern I used for my shirt dress is the New Look Sewing Pattern 6449, which includes options for a shirt dress and a knit tunic – quite a good value pattern! I chose to make the shirt dress option which has a waist belt as I think that style is more flattering on me than the non-belted version. It also has pockets! Pockets are definitely the holy grail of dressmaking.

As with all Simplicity/New Look patterns, I had no problems following the instructions, as they’re very clear and well laid out. 

I’d recommend this pattern for a more intermediate stitcher because there are a lot of steps to follow! If you’ve ever made a shirt dress before then you’ll know that they take time – you can’t just throw one together in a day. 

I made my dress over a series of weekends: cutting and pressing pattern pieces on week one, the body and pockets on week two, the collar on week three, the sleeves on week four and the hemming and finishing touches on week five. I found breaking the project down like this made it much more manageable, and I was less likely to get overwhelmed by a more complicated pattern!

The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to reduce the length of the dress (as I have to do with everything!). The rest is a very good fit for me, and it helps that the sleeves are worn rolled up so that I can easily make them the right length without having to adjust the pattern pieces! I could perhaps do with an extra inch of wiggle room around my hips, but overall it’s a pretty good fit straight off the blocks.

I used this charcoal grey Chambray Fabric to make my shirt dress, because who doesn’t want a chambray shirt dress in their collection? Chambray is such an easy fabric to work with and it feels lovely and soft and silky to wear – perfect for an everyday wardrobe item like this. It also washes very well. I chose the charcoal grey version so I can wear the dress with black tights, but the blue chambrays would look just as great!

I also finished off my dress with 12 of these silver Shell Effect Buttons. I love how expensive these look (even though they’re really not!) and they act as a great design feature to my dress.

Oh and then there’s my last minute edition of the Eiffel Tower applique on the pocket – how cute does it look? I had this little Eiffel Tower in my collection but you could use any sort of patch or even embroidery on yours.

What do you think of my finished chambray shirt dress? 

Is this something you could see in your own wardrobe? 

I think this is a very practical garment that I’ll get a lot of wear out of – the roll up sleeves make it great for the spring weather but I can always throw a cardigan on top if it gets a bit chillier. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to give this great pattern (and fabric) a try – perhaps over the Easter weekend?