I’m already starting to dread the long winter months ahead; with the cold comes pants, pants, pants! Come spring I’m so tired of the same ol’ jeans. I’m thinking I’ll break it up this winter with a very cozy but chic winter dress. I think my mom’s new shirtdress pattern M7470 from McCall’s is a perfect classic design that could be paired with a heavier weight fabric for those cold days.
The most obvious fabric option is a cozy stretch wool crepe, or why not even evoke some mens detailing and use a knit or stretch woven wool pinstripe? I found some cool detail inspiration for stripes and plaids by putting the placket on the bias and breaking up the vertical stripes. But what I really want to make this out of is a chic velveteen, maybe even crushed! I was worried about using this fabric because this dress has a lot of awesome seaming and top-stitching details that could get lost in the pile of the velveteen; however after scouring the internet I found a clip of some velveteen pants with top-stitching and proof that it will work! I’ve done some inspiration boards for fabric and styling below for your pleasure, all attached with links so you know where I found them.
Hope you enjoy 🙂
For me it’s important to look at ready-to-wear—you can find inspiration for fabrics that you like and/or stay away from fabric you don’t think works in this type of style. It can be very helpful, and a great cheat sheet and starting point! I picked the below images because they are the closest to the shape, fabric, details and length of the dress I want to make. (I will go with View D with long sleeves, including both breast pockets.)
If you feel like you would drown in a longer shirtdress, this pattern also has a shorter view. Here is some inspiration on fabric and styling for the shorter version.
Now to the fabric! Lets see whats on the market—in my opinion the most exciting challenge! You can find links to all these fabrics and more on the “Fall/Winter Shirt Dress” Pinterest board I’ve created for this post:
Wool Crepe options:
Wool Knit Options:
With all of these medium weight fabrics I would use PerfectFuse Medium for a little more body in the placket, sleeve cuffs and top collar.
Lastly, I found some great details that I will think about incorporating, depending on what fabric I decide on. If I do a plaid or stripe I will definitely cut the placket on the bias as Jill Sander did below. Again, depending on the fabric, it could be cool to do a contrast collar like Saint Laurent, and look at those bejeweled buttons! Véronique Leroy has some interesting western-evoking decorative stitching on the pockets and belt; I also like her collar shape.
Thanks for reading, and now to collecting the supplies!