Welcome to the ClothSpot Summer Shirt Dress! Now that the sun’s come out, are you in need of an elegant but simple garment that will keep you cool in both senses of the word? We certainly were – so we went hunting and found this elegantly-pleated shirt dress design for our latest kit.
You’ll have everything you need to make one dress but don’t forget you can re-use your pattern. We’ve already made three between us with another one on the way!
About our Summer Shirt Dress pattern
The pattern we’ve selected is the ‘Autumn’ Dress from Style Arc. We thought this design would be a good choice for less-experienced sewers. It’s easy to fit and elegant to wear. Don’t be put off by its name! We’ve tried it out in a range of fabrics and we think it’s a great design that works fabulously in warmer weather.
This pattern has no buttons or buttonholes – and even if you decide to add sleeves using our pattern hack (details to come in our Sew-along), they’re very easy indeed to create.
If you haven’t sewn a collar before then don’t worry! This is a great place to start and our Sew Along will give you a step-by-step guide.
You can find out more about Alice’s make of this pattern in her Summer Shirt Dress blog post – with more pictures too.
Choose from NINE different fabrics!
We currently have our Summer Shirt Dress Kit available in nine different fabrics. You can see pictures of all these fabrics in the image gallery above if you click on the main image and page through.
To find out more about each fabric click on the links below:
‘Alhambra’ chartreuse & rust banded linen fabric (The fabric allowance in this kit includes an additional 0.5m for stripe-matching)
(The next three aren’t so summery – but we loved our navy blue version and it’s been so popular that we thought we’d add some more heavier-weight versions!)
What’s in the box?
- The fabric of your choice to make up your Summer Shirt Dress in your size.
- A printed multi-size copy of the Autumn Dress Pattern from Style Arc.
- Thread to match your fabric.
- Fusible lightweight interfacing to gently reinforce the collar and collar stand.
- Printed instructions on how to add sleeves to your Summer Shirt Dress.
- Information about the Summer Shirt Dress Sew Along and other advice for making up your dress, all available on our website.
Join our Summer Shirt Dress Sew-along!
One of our customers suggested that a Sew-along would be a great way of helping people make up their kits. We though that was a great idea – so that’s what we’re doing! Click here to find out more. For those of you who’d like to get going right away, we’ve started with some initial tips, including how to create that gorgeous back pleat. Then week by week, we’ll be stepping through each stage of making up our Summer Shirt Dress in time to have yours finished by the summer holidays!
Choosing and fitting your size
We’ve selected this pattern partly because there’s such a wide selection of sizes, up to a 58″ bust. Pattern measurement and size information is listed below.
We’ve tested the pattern in two sizes and found that if you select your size according to your measurements it fits well. The critical measurement for fitting is the Bust measurement. If you’re between sizes at the Bust, then we suggest you go up a size not down, otherwise the back pleat will be pulled out of shape.
If you’re in any doubt about which size to select then drop us a line – or make up a ‘toile’ or trial version in a piece of old fabric first.
**IMPORTANT! Please check the actual measurements below when choosing your pattern size. The sizes below are provided in inches; more pattern information is available on the Style Arc website.
Bust – 30.3
Waist – 23.5
Hip – 32.6
Bust – 32.3
Waist – 25.5
Hip – 34.6
Bust – 34.3
Waist – 27.5
Hip – 36.6
Bust – 36.2
Waist – 29.5
Hip – 38.6
Bust – 38.2
Waist – 31.5
Hip – 40.6
Bust – 40.2
Waist – 33.5
Hip – 42.5
Bust – 42.1
Waist – 35.5
Hip – 44.5
Bust – 44.1
Waist – 37.5
Hip – 46.5
Bust – 46.5
Waist – 39.5
Hip – 48.8
Bust – 48.8
Waist – 42
Hip – 51.2
Bust – 51.2
Waist – 44.5
Hip – 53.5
Bust – 53.5
Waist – 46.5
Hip – 56
Bust – 56
Waist – 48.5
Hip – 58.25
Bust – 58.25
Waist – 50.5
Hip – 61