Oh, I have been in love with this pattern ever since I first saw it on Pinterest.
I had to have it and so I did the only reasonable thing a girl can do and ordered it online. Finally, it was in my possession!
This is my wearable muslin. There is something about the simplicity of this pattern and the easy fit that just really draw me to it. If you haven't heard of Merchant and Mills they are based out of England. The description from the back of the envelope is this: The Dress Shirt is relaxed, loose and absurdly comfortable. Its signature silhouette is inspired by a classic gentleman's shirt.
Suitable fabrics include cotton, linen, lightweight denim, washed silk and baby whale corduroy. It is noted to choose a relaxed fabric that will make a nice pleat down the front. You are encouraged to use the bust measurement to fit the dress as it is an easy fit.
I choose to make the version with the rolled sleeves, and there is a short sleeved view as well.
I used a black chambray I purchased from Fabric Mart for my muslin. This picture shows the details of the front which I really like!
I am so pleased with the finishing on this garment. The manner in which you finish off the back yoke, the shoulder seam, and facings is just lovely and will make me want to purchase many more Merchant and Mills patterns!
I found this easy to put together even though a convex and a concave piece are put together. I found the directions completely adequate for this and to me this made perfect sense. Some other online reviews mentioned the directions for this stop were a little confusing but I didn't think they were at all. I did notice that I made the pleat incorrectly! It should not have been inverted. Oops!
I really like the easy fit of this pattern and the look especially from the front but I thought the back was too roomy and wide. I messed with adding some pleats, taking in the side seams, and such but decided I didn't want to loose the look of the front and the front details as that is what initially drew me to the pattern. So, I decided to make a casing for elastic to cinch it up in the back. I sort of like this but wonder what else I could have done. Any ideas? You can tell by the amount I cinched it, that it was very wide in back. Perhaps this pattern is more suited for a girl with a more athletic build?
\What do you think? The casing looks a little low in this picture..I'd better reevaluate where I added that!
Thanks for reading!