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The Reveal #sewtogetherforsummer + DressyTalk Shirt dress 2123 Review

Well Hello Friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve been seen on the blog. I was named chauffeur for my daughter during softball season once more. Now! it’s coming to an end, all my attention is focused on sewing. Instagram is a constant source for challenges for the sewing community. Today I’m revealing my shirt dress for #sewtogetherforsummer hosted by Sarah (@sewsarahsmith), Monika (@rocco.sienna) and Suzy (@sewing_in_spain). Along with the reveal, I will be reviewing my chosen pattern, the newly released DressyTalk 2123 full skirt shirt-dress.

I knew as soon as I saw the announcement on IG that I would join in. This is a challenge and I love trying things that are not my usual go to projects. I have to say I’m not a shirt dress fan at all, but the Rosa by Tilly & the Button and now this. I may be a convert. I feel it can really make you look matronly and unattractive. However once I began picturing in my mind, styling options and how to accessories it, I saw potential for me.

Dressy Talk Pattern 2123

This is a classic shirt dress with a feeling of years gone by. I love the skirt, it’s a reminder of the fifties full skirt. It comes with a stand collar and front placket. Each piece is designed to be cutout individually, which makes placement easier for stripes and plaid fabrics.

My fabric was a shirting cotton found at Joann’s and closure was vintage buttons from my husband’s grandmothers stash. I received those a few years ago and a host of other sewing treats, when she moved into the nursing home. 



It was obvious that this dress although beautiful would prove to be challenging. You can never really tell how your project will look. Sometimes they look amazing on the dress form and on you, then they can look good on the dress form and horrible on you. Or they can look good on you but feel really bad. This goes for all clothing adventures. Initially this dress just looked okay, until I let go of my thoughts of how plain it seemed.

Wanting to take it up a notch, I decided to ditch the casual sneakers, I had planned for it and went with a more feminine look. I love how the black fedora, sash and sandals breaks-up and balances the blue. It’s a clean and effortless look and I love it.

I am loving shirt dresses now and won’t hesitate to make another! The companion video is coming soon!




  1. June 23, 2017 / 9:45 am

    It’s gorgeous; the way you’ve styled it is perfection – it manages to be classic and modern all at the same time! Thank you so much for joining in!! Sarah xx

  2. June 23, 2017 / 9:45 am

    It’s gorgeous; the way you’ve styled it is perfection – it manages to be classic and modern all at the same time! Thank you so much for joining in and for the shout out! Xx

    • June 23, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Sarah- I can’t say how fun this was. I really feel these challenges pulls us out of our comfort zone, and dive into projects we won’t normally do. The support and inspiration is a big motivator and I just love it. Now that I look back on the photos, I just love the dress! Thanks for the challenge.

  3. June 23, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    The hat really makes it! This dress is a great nod to the styles of the past, but the belt and the hat update it for today really well. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like the style can be somehow ageing. I think I need to play around with it a little more–once I find the style that works for my body, finding those accessories will make it work!

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