20 Jul MEMADE: Aloha Named Clothing Reeta Midi Shirt Dress
I love my Named Clothing Reeta Midi Dress! I originally planned to have it finished before my Norfolk holiday, but I’m a slow sewist. My lovely boyfriend packed my sewing machines in the car to finish during holiday as I anticipated a rainy day to finish it. It’s comfortable and breezy, perfect for the summer!
Fabric & Haberdashery
The polycotton fabric was from Adam Ross Fabrics in a bold Hawaiian pattern (think it’s sold out now, sorry). This polycotton was fantastic – not only the print and colours were brilliant, economical, also minimal care in terms of ironing, easy to sew and press.
Matching Gütermann threads, ribbon for casing, shell buttons and the 5mm thick rope were all from John Lewis.
Pattern & Fit
Reeta is a midi shirt dress with button closure at the front, drawstring closure at the waist and deep vents at side seams. The dress has a shirt collar and yoked bodice with breast pockets with box pleats. There’s only one option but I have seen others lengthen or shorten the skirt to make it into a maxi or dress at above-knee length. I’ve also seen a version with elastic casing instead of the drawstring.
The waistline and pockets locations are perfect. No adjustment needed. I made a size 12. The pattern is made for a 5’8? Finnish person, I’m 5’4?, I’ve shortened the pattern 3.75? before cutting (as I fear I didn’t buy enough fabric) then another good 1? and a bit during hemming. MThere are a LOT of buttons, it’s a blessing that my sewing machine has automatic buttonholes and can sew buttons!
Construction & Alterations
The pattern is actually quite simple since most of the stitches are straight lines, but there are two fiddly bits – turning of the yoke and attaching the collar – and this is what made this pattern a little more intermediate. I’ve never attached a collar or having to turn a yoke before so this was quite tricky. The instructions were not very clear – I had to do the yoke twice and the collar about 3 times.
Note: you will match collar to notch perfectly as indicated on pattern if you continue fitting in and use the length of the collar’s rounded corner.
Lessons & Techniques Learned
- Burrito method of turning the yoke
- Making shirt collar
- Drawstring casing
Will definitely make this again, perhaps in a viscose in various length.