Plain and Simple Iconic Shirtdress

This is my latest project- Hot Patterns 1013- Plain and Simple Iconic Shirtdress.  As you may remember, I've been having a Hot Patterns crush lately.  The ones that I've made so far, have fit me without any alterations, and I've been loving that.   This one was no exception.   This is a shirtdress designed for knits, and I used an ITY Snow Leopard Print Jersey.  It's a little bit out of my comfort zone, but I'm feeling pretty good in it so far!

The dress went together perfectly.  I had trouble understanding the pattern instructions for the cuff placket, and spent way too much time trying to decipher them.  If I make it again, I will omit the cuff placket entirely because it is knit, it will stretch enough to just pull on.

This is my baby boy, Fred.  He makes a great accessory this time of year!  I think I'll make some kitty ears and draw on some whiskers, and wear this on Halloween.

The dress has a hidden button placket, which was a first for me to make.   What it involves is adding another layer to the upper placket that you put buttonholes in.  Even though the knit wasn't particularly thick, all of the layers  made it a little bulkier than I would have liked.  If I make this again, I think I'll skip the "hidden" part of it, and show the buttons. 

The dress is super comfy, and I think that I will get a lot of wear out of it.   It also is a little bit short for me, so watch out for that if you are tall.

The instructions are vague in some areas, so it may not be the best choice for beginners unless you have a companion sewing book to help you figure out the collar and cuffs.  I would love to make this again in a solid black knit, like they show on the cover.

I've already ordered their newest design- Sarine.  It's  20% off right now on the Hot Patterns Website.

Happy Halloween, and Happy Sewing!



  1. Very cute. Thanks for the tip about length. Enjoy your comfy dress!

  2. Super cute dress, you look fabulous.

  3. Lovely! The style really suits you, and your kitty is a perfect prop!

  4. I love your new dress! Great idea to wear it for Halloween. Also, your cat Fred is my cat Amber's twin. Does he have yellow eyes?

  5. Great, versatile dress! I need to get the new Hot Patterns pattern, too.

  6. I really like your dress and appreciate your tips on plackets and what not. I'm with you...less layers! and I'm off to look at the sarine dress - pretty!

  7. This is a great look. I like how you've styled it.

  8. What a classic beautiful dress. The fabric is stunning, and I love your accessory!


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