Sew Over It - Vintage Shirt Dress

by - 6/12/2016

My finished Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress!

This is my first time trying a Sew Over It pattern and it didn't disappoint! I love SOI's branding & their online store is fab. So when I spotted the vintage dress pattern bundle, I knew I had to make it mine and cheekily requested it from my boyfriend for my birthday in May.

I thought I'd start with the Vintage Shirt Dress. It's a classic retro pattern I love, you can see my previous shirt dress make here. And after sewing a few true vintage & reproduction patterns recently I was looking forward to trying something with fresh and modern instructions.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

How lovely are the illustrations?!

The pattern comes in beautiful packing, with all the sizing info you need clearly laid out. The instructions themselves come in a super handy booklet, much like Tilly and the Buttons patterns which I love as they are so easy to keep next to you while you're sewing. The booklet features illustrations rather than photographs, but they were really clear and very well done.

I chose to make the three quarter length sleeve version in a poly cotton fabric. Everything about this make was really straight forward. There was nothing too fussy or over complicated and I made no changes to the pattern and I love the original length. It sits just on my knee which is perfect for me.

Even though it is a rather straight forward pattern, I still can't seem to sew a collar perfectly. The point where you have to sew and pivot and then turn the collar back out to the right side, I can just never seem to get a really clean look. It might be that I'm not cutting the fabric as precisely as I need to be, or simply just my sewing. But next time I will nail this collar!

How sweet are my self covered anchor buttons?

I knew as soon as I picked up this anchor print fabric that it would be fabulous for self covered buttons! I absolutely love the look of them. Although I can't take the credit for making them, as I enlisted my very handy boyfriend to make them whilst I sewed the button holes. He did a far better job than I can, there is zero fabric folds or creases in them!

Even though I didn't make any modifications this time around, I'd love to try some rolled up t shirt style sleeves with a floral fabric. I love the 1940s feel of this dress and think a short sleeved floral number would be so cute for Summer!

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It

Fabric: 3m of anchor print polycotton - £2.75pm & light weight interfacing

Notions: 8 self covered buttons

Sewing time: Half a day fueled with coffee and a boyfriend to make buttons for you!

Modifications: None

Fit: Very nice! But could size down (especially on the waist) for a more fitted look.

Difficulty: Pretty simple! Lots of great little techniques to try if you're looking to progress from a beginner.

Watch out for: The collar, I'm still trying to nail that technique! And button holes, but they're easy to learn.

Make again?: Hell yeah!

Overall I'm very happy with my new Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress. It's a fabulous edition to my wardrobe. It's smart enough to dress up for evenings but the fit is casual enough for every day wear. I even wore it out for a day of shopping in Birmingham the day after I finished it, I couldn't wait to wear it!

Get the pattern:

I can't wait to try my other patterns from Sew Over It's Vintage Pattern Bundle. Have you tried any of their patterns? What did you think?

Thanks for reading, pinups!

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  1. I love the Sew Over It brand, haven't made any of their patterns yet but I visited their shop this morning and bought some jersey to make the ultimate wrap dress! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
    Your shirt dress is gorgeous, love the fabric and I think your collar looks great! Xx

    1. Isn't it a fab brand? Oh wow, I'd love to visit the store and that's a gorgeous pattern too.
      Thank you very much!

  2. Your dress is gorgeous, and I love the anchor buttons. Brilliant!!

  3. Really lovely, good fabric choice fro this pattern :)

  4. I love it in this red red! looks fabulous ;o) I'm not happy with the one I just made up in rayon so I'm thinking of taking it apart for some adjustments :o(

  5. I love this! The fabric is perfect, I need it in my life <3 I haven't made a Sew Over It pattern yet but I do have the Poppy Playsuit in my queue and hope to make it soon. I just found your website and followed you on Bloglovin' :)

    1. Thank you! And it was super cheap! I can't wait to try more Sew Over It patterns. Good luck with your make and thank you so much for following! xo