I've been meaning to make a shirt dress forever, and bought some lightweight denim for one a while back. But the red-and-white seersucker from my stash won out over the denim, partly because it's a lot softer than denim and partly because I have a lot of it and didn't mind using it to test a new pattern.
The Lisette Traveler Dress (Simplicity 2246) is the classic shirt dress (although the pattern includes some variations on the theme).
Once you have the shoulders, fitting this is fairly straightforward since it has no waist shaping. The shoulder is always my nemesis area, though, and every new pattern company I try is a new shoulder-fitting mystery for me to crack.
The sleevecap for this one is tall and narrow with an extra two inches calling for you to ease them into the armscye (everyone's favorite sewing step, right?). I knew right that the shape would never work for me. And that much ease in a loose fitting sleeve is unnecessary. So, using my measuring tape to approximate the sleevecap curve, I drew a shallower, wider sleevecap (straight onto the fabric, eek!), removing the two inches of ease, and stitched them in. Perfect fit!!
Now that I know this pattern fits well, and holds no mysteries, I think I will try it in the denim.
What do you think of my red belt choice? My husband thinks I look like a swashbuckling pirate. But I don't think pirates wore seersucker...