Friday, 11 March 2016

Faux Shirt Dress - Maai Designs Blog Tour

This week I'm joining the fabulous Maai Designs blog tour.

As part of the blog tour Maai Designs are generously offering you a discount!  Use the code: maaidesign10%. This will give you a 10% discount, valid until March 26th 2016.

I bought the beautiful Forrest Treasures fabric in soft blue.  It's 100% soft cotton and is 145cm wide. It is such beautiful fabric!  Importantly, it is Oeko-Tex certified (read more about that here).

I overlooked the width of the fabric when ordering so had way more than I needed for the Oakridge shirt by Sewaholic Patterns which I originally planned to make.  What to do, what to do?  The answer was obvious... shirt dress!

For the bottom half of the dress I used the fabulous Noosa Shift Dress by Sew To Grow.  I've made this one 3 times now so knew it would be perfect.  I love shirt dresses, however I do not love how they tend to gape when you sit.  To overcome this I made it a faux shirt dress by sewing the button placket closed. 

Admiring my sleeve length!!
A close up of the beautiful fabric!

I am so happy with the results!  This is not only a beautiful shirt dress, but will be something I can wear year round.

Be sure to check out Maai Designs and the others on the tour:

March 8th - Suz from Sewpony
March 9th - Caroline from Usefulbox
March 10th - Kate from Sewing With Kate
March 12th - Suzanne from Dressed in Pretty Little Things
March 13th - Toni from Make It Perfect
March 14th - Natalie from Sew Outnumbered
March 15th - Jenya from While she was sleeping 
March 16th - Nicola from Create.nic
March 17th - Shelley from Bartacks and Singletrack
March 18th - Maaike from MaaiDesign


  1. It looks beautiful Allison! And that colour really suits you! I am now thinking of doing the same: take a shirt pattern and extend it to turn it into a dress as I have still not found a shirt dress pattern that looks exactly the way I'd like it. This could be interesting ;)

    1. Thank you Maaike! And thank you for inviting me to be part of your blog tour. Making a shirt dress was a last minute decision, but the fabric is so beautiful and I really love it! x Allison

  2. Gorgeous dress Allison! Too much fabric = happy accident :)

    1. Thanks Nat! I think this is the first time I've had too much - it was great!! x Allison

  3. Lovely! I'm really liking all the blues from the Maai Design tour so far. This dress looks gorgeous on you. And yay to custom sleeve length! :)

    1. Thank you! Yes, custom sleeve length is a big part of why I sew! All of the Maia Design fabrics are gorgeous; there are some reds that are tempting me too! x Allison

  4. haha the same happened to me when I purchased my first lot of fabric from Maaike! The dress looks gorgeous. I really love this print. My daughter kept on asking me to buy it for her... I did not... Bad mama haha

    1. Thank you Jenya! Your daughter has great taste!! x Allison

  5. Cute pattern! And thanks for joining Fun Fashion Friday! Hope your weekend is marvelous!

    Dawn Lucy

  6. Beautiful fabric and of course I can just feel the comfort and coolness with it being 100% cotton. The shirt dress button gape annoys me to no end too and I'm happy you found a solution! Pure genius!

    1. Thanks so much Beth! I do love shirt dresses, but don't love the gape factor, this solves that! x Allison

  7. Great frock Allison! I love your fabric choice too! Kate x

  8. The color and pattern of this print is so pretty, great shirt dress.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!