I didn't have the 70s Halston shirtdress pattern, so I used pattern 114 from the April 2010 issue of Burdastyle which is a similar classic style. I used the long sleeves from its sister shirt pattern, #116.
The fabric is a very crisp cotton poplin which feels and sounds almost like taffeta when you brush your fingers over it. It didn't turn out to be the easiest fabric to work with, but I like its stiff drape. Wearing it makes me feel very put together. It would be fun to make the same dress in a softer fabric for a more relaxed feel.
I added a box pleat in the back.
I did a forward shoulder adjustment. It looks pretty good when I stand straight.
Of course when I move, my shoulder can jerk further forward and it still looks off. That's the thing about clothes, you move around in them!
I'm really glad I got a head start on my Spring sewing. So far, a jacket, a blouse and this shirtdress.
The weather is supposed to be really nice this weekend. Maybe I'll be inspired to switch out my closet to my warm weather clothes!
What have you sewn for the new season?