Who wouldn't want a denim shirt dress to take them through the transition of a chilly spring; through summer with sleeves rolled up; to early winter with thick tights and boots? This dress and pattern is a keeper.

The fabric, a Chambray Denim, was thicker than I thought it would be but it made for a non creasing dress that I wore all day to work with leggings in May when it was still chilly in the mornings. 

By the afternoon, it had warmed up and it was an ideal summer dress. 

Decisions, decisions, shall I go the full summer version and roll the sleeves up with the buttoned tabs? It is an intermediate make with 13 button holes to make, a full collar and stand, sleeve tabs and oodles of top stitching which I did in red to go with my DM shoes.

I cut a UK 14 but took my usual adjustments to shorten the waist and make the shoulders narrower. I also made large seams back to a 12 in some places but there is room to let it out in the future.

You could, on a very lazy day in the garden, wear it without a belt because it has good shaping. There are inseam pockets which I made using a contrasting cotton fat quarter so as not to add bulk at the hips. You also get a cheeky glimpse of the fabric too.

The pattern is New Look 6449 and features two other jersey dress combinations. It is styled with the shirt dress as an over garment too. 

I know there are a lot of shirt dress patterns out there but this really did tick all the boxes for me in terms of fit, construction and pattern versatility. 

The addition of Metal Stud Buttons makes people look twice as to whether I have made it or not because they really add a professional finish. This dress is my new best friend. Thanks Minerva.