Le-Roy 5063 Shirtdress

by Nicole Needles on July 25, 2012 · 14 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

A while ago I bought some great printed cotton from Abakhan Fabrics in Manchester, where you can pick up some great off cuts by the kilo.

It’s been sitting around in a pile of fabric since February, while I worked out what to do with it. Then I found this pattern in my hoard:

I’ve always liked shirt dresses, and I thought the combination of this design and the great print would make a cute summer dress.

I gave the fabric a quick wash (don’t want any shrinking!) and did a few adjustments to the size, as my bust is larger than the pattern measurement. I also decided to add a few details of my own in the form of a black contrasting collar, and a little black cuff on the sleeve.

Here’s the finished article:

The dress was pretty straight forward to put together, and the adjustments I made worked well, resulting in a pretty good fit.

Here are some details:

Close up of the cuffs


I lined the skirt with a light cotton, and hand stitched it around the button placket

And that’s that!

See you soon!

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CosmicCaro July 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I think your collar and cuffs are great additions ; with the print, they make the dress! You look fun and pretty in it! Félicitations!


Jen July 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

That turned out REALLY nice….Good job!!


Joyatri July 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

This is adorable. Your version with the contrasting cuffs and collar is so much nicer than the illustration on the pattern envelope. I love it!


Toni Gatlin July 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

LOVE it, now I want a shirtdress too!


superheidi July 26, 2012 at 1:46 am

That is such a cool fabric and that dress is lovely!


LadyD July 26, 2012 at 3:45 am

It looks fabulous. Love the addition of the collar and cuffs really ties it all together.


ShanniLoves... July 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

Such a cute dress!!!


Katherine July 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

Oh, I love this! You did the right thing with the contrast collar and cuffs – awesome work :D


Lizzy July 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Love it!! as everybody say, the collar ans cuffs made it look very nice


Zoe July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

That’s AMAZING!! Well done!

Zoe xxx


sewinghappyplace July 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Wow!…I have to say…I love it so much that I.want.it!


EmSewCrazy July 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

What fun! Great job using that print and going with the contrasting cuffs and collar! What a great look!


Christy July 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

How wonderful!
This fabric pattern is quirky but works extremely well with the dress! Fantastic on you!! Very flattering for sure!


sophie July 27, 2012 at 5:30 am

Wow!! As we say in France : c’est une tuerie!! (litterlaly “this is a slaughter”, which means that this is really really beautiful :D )


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