Hey everybody, I feel like it has been a while since I was over in this section of the blog writing a review. But today I get to share the fun and super simple Women's Sazerac Shift Dress from Seamingly Smiltten. Check out all the SS patterns as they are 50% off through 3/12!!!
Now I have to admit, I wasn't so sure about me and my curves and a shift dress, but sometimes it is fun to explore new shapes on your figure. I've been sewing up Jenny's patterns for the past couple years and I love that they are fast to sew and beginner friendly. They also don't eat up paper - this pattern prints in just11 pages, practically unheard of in the land of women's sewing. Since I have been working with her patterns for a while, I know that Jenny designs for a rectangular body shape. Many models and actresses are rectangles, I however am not, but I know what to do.
To fit my curves, I simply blended between the Large for the shoulders and bust to the XL for the hips. This way I still get the shift fit without feeling like my hips and tummy are a bit too much on display. WOOT! I always suggest that people muslin when they are starting out with a new pattern, and since I was writing a review, I took my own advice and muslin-ed up a quick top length version for myself. My sizing blend was spot on for a casual and chic fit. I made both of mine in knit, but if I was doing a woven, I would probably bump up one more size.
Now onto my dress.... except I really wouldn't wear this as a dress - I know me and I have made a commitment to only sew things for my closet that will get worn. I might not wear a shift as a dress, but I would wear it as a tunic with leggings or skinnies (or shorts this summer - summer is coming at some point, right!). To get this length, I simply cut the pattern about 3 inches shorter than the petite cut line.
I am really loving this top and know I will wear it year round, and with about a 45 minute print to finish time table, I can make as many as I want!