I’m on the cusp of taking the ruffle sleeves off of this dress and I need y’all to convince me other wise. I’ve been calling this my football dress and I bet you can guess why…
The Morningside Dress by French Navy patterns immediately caught my eye right when I was about to jump on the Kalle Shirtdress train. I love the popover detail and the ruffle sleeves were so fun and different. I also am really into the stitched down inseam pockets. It seemed like the perfect match for some fabric I’d been mulling over in my stash. I like that it’s a shirt dress with a little something extra… I’m all about a little something extra!
I didn’t make any changes to the pattern other than to shorten it. This was partially due to my height and partially due to the fact that I BARELY had enough fabric. I don’t remember exactly how much I took off I just removed as much as I needed to fit all my pattern pieces on.
I obviously chose the ruffle sleeve view and y’all I’m so unsure about it. I feel like it might look good in a drapey-er fabric but in this linen I think it makes my shoulders look extra broad and I look a little bit like a football player??? Please tell me I’m being crazy… cuz that’s what I’ve been telling myself. “Your crazy Amy you look great the ruffles add a little something extra to a basic shirt dress in a minimalist style linen fabric and you are not basic so run with it”. That’s what goes on in my head when I wear this. But I also feel I’m prepared to tackle anyone who tries to cross the line of scrimmage (did I say that right?? – my mom would be so proud!)
This fabric as a beautiful and soft ikat linen from Style Maker Fabrics a year or two ago. I was pretty sure from the get to I wanted to make a shirt dress with this fabric. I love how it has that sophisticated minimalist vibe (that I never feel like I pull off very well but it works alright here!)
I love the details of the “innards” of this pattern. The instructions really help you to have a nice clean and professional finish on both the placket and the pockets. It was a very fun pattern to sew!
See this dress in action:
SKIP TO THE END?
Pattern: Morningside Dress by French Navy
Fabric: ikat linen from Style Maker Fabrics last year
Adjustments: Shortened to fit fabric
Finishes: Serged seams, stitched down pocket bags, clean finished placket
Sew it again? Probably not – only because theres always another shirt dress out there I’d like to try! I might like to try the shirt version though with the cuffed sleeve!
Evie Jones says
Personally, I love the sleeves. I think because it’s a drop shoulder you don’t creep into linebacker territory! Super cute dress.
I really like the dress and the ruffles look good. I think it will be a very comfortable dress in the warm weather. The print is just fantastic!
amy Powell says
Yes definitely very comfortable!
I think I’m with you on the ruffles on this one. I’m not sure they’re the right fabric and don’t really even read as ruffles, just a weirdly wide sleeve. If you are desperate for the ruffle, I’d do it in a contrast fabric, that’s drapier, which would probably then actually read as a ruffle. If it doesn’t make you feel great, then hack it off! No shame in being “basic” if you enjoy the dress more that way!
amy Powell says
Thank you so much for your honest opinion Kendra! I feel so heard 😉
I do not think you look like a football player at all lol. But props for knowing more football terms than I do! The dress is very cute!