My favourite shirtdress pattern – Simplicity 8014

My first shirtdress as an absolute beginner (in poplin)

Do I love this pattern? Yes. I made it 8 times so far for myself and my sister.

What fabric did I use? So far I made it in cotton poplin, lawn, viscose, viscose twill, denim and chambray. All work really well and create a different silhouette.

How is the sizing? It runs a bit big. However, as with any pattern, be it indie or “Big 4”, I completely disregard the sizing and go straight to “finished garment measurements. I find this is the only way to get the fit I want. I’m 165cm (5’5) tall and the length is perfect for me. The pattern comes in size 6-24.

How clear are the instructions? I made my first version as a beginner and made some mistakes with the collar. If you’re an adventurous beginner, look up YouTube tutorials on collar constructions. These days I do NOT make my collar and then attach it to the shirt. I prefer to construct it on the shirt. I sew the collar stand to the neckline and then add the collar. That way I know my pieces fit. On my first attempt the collar stand ended up being much longer that the finished shirt.

Is it worth buying? Absolutely! You get 4 different options with this pattern and the classic shape it will never go out of fashion. I usually wait for the 50% sale offers and get my patterns then.

I have used this pattern so many times it’s definitely earned its own little review post, mainly to share all the different versions I’ve made so far.

I wish my sister did some modelling for me. These dresses look so good on her. Maybe one day.

I’m planning one in black pique and silver grey, view B again. I’d love to try View A..and also view C and D. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of this pattern. If you haven’t tried it, you should but please please check the finished measurements first!

Monika x

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