The boyfriend shirt is one of the most classic and comfortable pieces in any wardrobe, so it’s no surprise that 2021 is seeing an insurgence of oversized shirting and shirt dresses. The Kiri Dress jumps on this crisp and comfy trend with a swing silhouette that can be worn as-is, or easily cinched with a belt or corset. How will you be styling yours? Let me know in the comments!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3-5 yards Toulouse Mint Mercerized Organic Egyptian Cotton Voile
- 10 Italian White Plastic 4-Hole Button – 16L/10mm
- MDF240 – The Kiri Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
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All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
First, it is not required, but if using a lightweight fabric, I suggest interfacing the collar, button placket, and sleeve cuff pieces seen below.
Attach the fronts and back of your dress at the shoulders and sides using French seams.
Attach the front hem facings to the back facing at the sides using a regular seam. Press the seam open and pin face to face along the bottom edge of your dress. Turn the facing toward the inside of your dress, press, tuck the raw edge inward, and top-stitch into place.
Once interfaced, sew each of your button plackets face to face along the center front of your dress, like below. Fold each of the raw edges inward 1/2″ and press before fold the placket in half down the center. Press again and stitch the plackets into place.
Following the guide on your pattern, cut the slit for the opening at the bottom of your sleeve. Face to face, pin and sew the binding along the edge of the slit. Double fold the binding and stitch-in-the-ditch to secure.
Create each of your sleeves, sewing up the inseam with a French seam again. Set each sleeve into its respective armscye. Since French seams at curves can be tricky, I recommend a regular seam with an overlock stitch or bias-binding.
Set your dress aside for the time being to create your collar and sleeve ruffles. Each ruffle piece can be folded in half face to face along the length, as below, and stitched along the short edge. Turn right side out, and press.
Evenly gather your collar ruffle into the outer edge of one layer of the collar. The ruffle fold should point inward toward the neckline. Place the second collar piece on top, face to face, and stitch around the outer edge. Clip your seam allowance, turn right side out, and press.
Pin and sew one layer of the collar along the neckline of your dress and then tuck in the raw edge of the second layer. Edge-stitch or slip-stitch down in place.
Create and attach each of your sleeve cuffs the same way.