Aside from being a brand ambassador, I still enjoy testing patterns for Rebecca Page. One of the newest offerings was the Sofia Shirt Dress (**affiliate link) designed for woven fabric, which I envisioned as the perfect summer dress, not to mention that everyone could probably do with a shirtdress in their wardrobe.
For that reason I chose to test* the sleeveless, knee length view, as less fabric meant more comfort for the warmer weather, having said that, my fabric choice was probably not ideal. There are many other options to the pattern that will make it a very worthwhile purchase such as three sleeve and skirt lengths, optional belt, two-part collar with bust and waist darts and a button-up front and that it spans a large size range with ladies going from XXS to 5XL, you could also match your mini me’s and dolls too by getting the matching pattern.
My eagerness to make this resulted in an error on my part with my fabric purchase. I bought some light weight denim, nice and soft, but clearly not enough as I was short by one skirt side panel 😦 I went back to the fabric store with no more to be found so bought some Ink premium cotton sateen 127cm (96% cotton/ 4% spandex) instead and forged ahead with version 2. Construction is pretty simple, just time consuming, doing the collar and the buttons/buttonholes and also because there are eight skirt panels, all of which are french seamed. There are only a few things I don’t enjoy about sewing, gathering and sewing buttonholes, so that was a bit of a hurdle, but once they were done, sewing on the buttons were easy and I was super proud.
This time I also thought I would get the fit right and make sure I addressed my swayback, so I took out about an inch from the centre back length and tapered to nothing at the side seams.
Clean insides with french seams on the skirt panels and bias bound armholes. My collar isn’t perfect though but I don’t think anyone will notice.
The fit feels really good and the darts all seem to hit in the right place. I didn’t make the optional belt, but probably should have in hind sight. I feel quite elegant in this dress, worn with heels here but I think more realistically I will wear it casually with sandals.
It has lots of twirl due to the many panels, kids can’t have all the fun!!!!
*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.
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