Reeta Midi Shirt Dress

Named

£16.00

In stock

Sizes: EUR 32 – 50 (US 0 – 18 / UK 4 – 22)

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

Choose a light or medium weight fabric with drape. The sample is made of rayon.

Matrials & supplies:

Fabric: 265 – 370 cm / 3 – 4 yd

Fusible interfacing: 140 cm / 1½ yd

Small buttons (diameter approx. 1.2 cm / ½”): 10

2 cm / ¾” wide ribbon for drawstring casing: 100 – 140 cm / 1 – 1½ yd

Cord for drawstring: 140 – 180 cm /1½ – 2 yd

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information

Fabric

Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Silk / Satin / Sateen

Size

4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

Sewing level

Intermediate

Make time

All day

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  1. Reeta Midi Shirt Dress

    girlswear

    I love my Reeta! 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! The polycotton fabric is from Adam Ross Fabrics in a bold Hawaiian pattern.

    THE CONSTRUCTION: 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.

    THE FIT: 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. My rope was about 5mm thick from John Lewis. There are a LOT of buttons, it’s a blessing that my sewing machine has automatic buttonholes and can sew buttons!

    Will definitely make this again, perhaps in a viscose in various length.

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  2. Reeta Midi Shirt Dress

    NoniRsews

    I absolutely love this pattern! It was so much fun to make and the result is gorgeous. A super comfortable dress to wear and keeps you nice and cool. I found attaching the front yoke a bit of a challenge and ended up using the ‘burrito method’ rather than the method in the instructions as they didn’t make any sense to me. This was my first shirt dress and the instructions were otherwise clear and easy to follow. I made a straight size 14 and didn’t have to make any adjustments. The drawstring falls right on my natural waist which is rare for me with most patterns. I also didn’t adjust the length and I’m 5’6″. I love the sexy side split! I didn’t attempt pattern matching my pockets because my life is too short and I’m not sure I could have got my head around it with those pockets pleats.
    I used a cotton I had purchased from Seasalt and the red buttons and red cord are from Stof and Stil.

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  3. Reeta Midi Shirt Dress

    georgiefw

    This is a really great pattern that’s super comfortable and flattering, and isn’t too difficult to make. It’s a really nice relaxed fit, and so works well with nice drapey fabrics – I made two in viscose. I cut a size 10, and didn’t need to make any adjustments apart from taking up the hem by 3 or 4 inches. The construction is pretty easy, with one or two tricky bits – particularly the collar. I found that it was just too wide to fit into the neckline, and that matching the notches was almost impossible, after a lot of easing it in I did get there eventually but give yourself plenty of time (and pins!). I used a 3mm length of cord for the drawstring waist, but think it’s a bit too thin so would recommend going with something about 4-6mm in diameter – and also make sure that the button hole you sew for the waistband cord isn’t bigger than your channel! More pics etc. on my blog gingerstitch.com/dressmaking/reeta

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  4. Reeta Midi Shirt Dress

    TheMagnificentThread

    Hi all! I finally gave the Reeta Midi Shirt Dress a go, spurred on by the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge, and I’m really pleased with the results!

    The Reeta dress was a fairly straightforward sew, arguably easier than the ‘3 scissor’ difficulty level stated and quick too – I made it in just a day. I saved myself a few extra steps by skipping the pockets. As much as I like the style of them, the placement, combined with the style of the dress, just wouldn’t do any favours for my bust.

    The only real difficulty I had was with attaching the collar, mainly due to the severe curve at the front. It took me a couple of attempts to get this right and not catch any fabric in that I shouldn’t.
    I was also a little confused over how to hem the dress. The bottom of the facing is attached earlier in the make, and I just couldn’t make sense of the instructions/illustrations with this bit already attached when it came to hemming. I sort of freestyled it, and then cut it off when shortening the dress and sewed the hem again.

    The use of a ribbon to form the casing for the waist cord was interesting and makes for a really nice finish. I added toggles to my waist ties as an extra feature too. I stitched the dress closed between the buttons at the waist to avoid pulling when the cord is pulled tight.

    In terms of fit, I made the size 42 and it’s pretty much spot on! In future I would change the placement of the top button as it falls slightly too high on my bust. And something that a lot of people comment on with Named patterns is the length. For reference, I’m 5ft 6″ and had to take a good few inches off the length of the Reeta when it came to hemming.

    I love the finished dress and it’s a really nice style to wear. The side vents also mean it swishes in a really cool way when you walk! I made it in a poly crepe and would use a similar fabric or lightweight cotton in future. It’s a pattern I’d definitely recommend and one I’m sure I’ll be making again 🙂

    More pictures and love for the Reeta Dress can be found on my blog: http://www.magnificentthread.com/2017/06/reeta-shirt-dress-by-named.html

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  5. Reeta Midi Shirt Dress

    knittingowlette

    Loooooove this dress! not something I would normally have chosen, so it has taken me by surprise. It was definitely a challenging make (the instructions are a little sparse, and especially the part where you have to sew the collar to the two yokes left me very confused), and the fabric was not easy to work with either, so there are mistakes. Most notable is the lack of collar, which I couldn’t get to fit properly for some reason (hopefully user error…). I also did not install the drawsting and made a little belt instead.
    Overall, would definitely recommend this dress 🙂

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  6. TheFoldLine

    Reeta Midi Shirt Dress

    Admin TheFoldLine

    The Reeta shirt dress is a great pattern and i’m really happy with the finished dress. It does have quite a lot of elements to it so i’d recommend it for a more intermediate sewer. The dress is meant to be midi-length but on me at 5’6″ it is maxi so I decided to keep it longer. I did an FBA but other than that made no changes. The finish on the inside is really nice and the instructions have been thoughtfully put together. I particularly like how the front facing and yoke fit together. The only tricky bit was getting the collar to fit around the corners, which took me quite a while to get right. If you don’t like doing button holes then this isn’t the pattern for you as there are 12 in total! I made this dress using a linen viscose from Guthrie and Ghani and the fabric has a lovely balance between structure and drape. It’s a really good fit and I like the style a lot. I hope to be wearing this all summer long, comes highly recommended : )
    Rachel.

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