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Jessica Shirtdress

Jessica Shirtdress by Sew Sew Def magazine

My latest make is a shirtdress - Jessica pattern by Sew Sew Def magazine. It is actually a FREE pattern if you sign up for the newsletter. Once you sign up, the pattern is emailed to you. Click here to sign up.

I am not affiliated with the magazine but I love this design so much! I entered it in the Shirtdress Contest 2018 at Pattern Review!

The bodice has princess seams and sweetheart shape which is such a cute design.

Sizing & Fitting: 
I used a size L for the top and extended the side seams a little bit. I first made a muslin of straight size L bodice and initially thought the size was too big at the top edge, and it wouldn't close at the waist. I have a rectangle shaped body and the waist was outside the size I muslined but I tend to leave this adjustment until I know how much I need to extend. For the rest, I asked in Designer Stitch FB group if and how I should take it in at the top. Since it has princess seams, I wasn't sure…
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Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest entries

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"This is my entry for the 2018 wardrobe contest. It is my first time entering the contest at Pattern Review. I decided to make a vacation capsule for my upcoming beachy vacation in June. My hope was to have a few mix and match pieces that I can wear on vacations and travel light. Having to enter the contest meant that I have sewn and photographed everything, and I am now ready way in advance. 

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