Tropical Reeta Shirt

A review of Named Reeta Shirt Dress

Reviewed by sewmanju on 12th July, 2019

Pattern Description:

Midi-length shirt dress
Button closure at the front, drawstring closure at the waist
Sleeves with wide, sewn-in turn-ups
Shirt collar and yoked bodice
Breast pockets with box pleats
Deep vents at side seams
Pattern Sizing:

US 0 – 18; UK 4 – 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

I modified the pattern to be a shirt, rather than a shirt dress.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Nope. The instructions for the collar are very badly explained, and there doesn’t seem to be a sew along. I eventually figured it out. It’s essentially just a burrito method but a less experienced sewist might struggle.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the finished garment. I really love the collar and neckline, inspite of the instructions. With some minor modifications I also love the fit.

Fabric Used:

Viscose crepe.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

This is a size 18 graded out at the waist.
To make a shirt rather than a shirt dress I added 7.5 inches to the front, back and facing from the waist down.
I did a 5/8ths inch full bust adjustment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I might sew this again. I will definitely be making the shirt dress at some point. I do recommend so long as you can figure out the collar.


I am loving this whole laid back summery look; very easy to wear. I also made the pants that I am wearing; they are the Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants (free pattern). Full details over on my blog,