Le-Roy 5063 Shirtdress

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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14 comments… add one

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

  • That turned out REALLY nice….Good job!!

  • 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!

  • LOVE it, now I want a shirtdress too!

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

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

  • Such a cute dress!!!

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

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

  • That’s AMAZING!! Well done!

    Zoe xxx

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

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

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

  • 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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