It was love at first sight with the Matilda Shirt Dress by Megan Neilsen. I bought it right away, glued together & cut out the pdf (yes, I prefer glue to tape. It's a controversial divide in the pdf pattern community!!!) and then it sat in my sewing room. I even had the perfect fabric for it in my stash!
At the time I was using a vintage machine, which meant manual buttonholes. Try as I might, my buttonholes were always different sizes which made me crazy!! You can read more about my experience with my new Designer Jade 35 machine over on the Husqvarna Viking Australia blog.
To make this pattern fit me, I added 2.5cm to the bodice length (may do slightly less next time) and 10cm to the skirt length. I graded between XS & S sizes too.
The dress has a lot of pieces, but the instructions are really clear and easy to follow (I actually followed them!). I love the fit of the dress which makes me want to try more of Megan Neilsen's patterns! I like that the waistband and yoke are lined and don't get me started on those great skirt pockets...love!!!
The shape of the skirt is really great too, swishy without being too much of a fabric hog! I find that the buttons can pull when you sit in straighter shirt dresses, but that doesn't happen with this skirt. All in all, this is a shirt dress that I'm really happy with!
It is a pattern I'll make again, perhaps I'll try adding sleeves for cooler weather.