Must Find Pink Bicycle Tires : : Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress

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Well hiya peeps!

Okay…we all know there’s gonna be goofy photos of me riding my bike.

That’s pretty much a given.

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But. Before we get to that, please allow me to chat up my Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It. Sadly, the photos aren’t really doing the dress justice…G and I give high props to wedding photographers everywhere ’cause taking pictures of a white dress is not easy. Should I fail in highlighting some of the prettiest details, fear not. The Vintage Shirt Dress is all over the net, and with good reason. We’re all in love with its simple yet classic silhouette.

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I discovered while surfing the net myself, that the most commonly recurring yellow flag about the Vintage Shirt Dress was the short bodice. Many bloggers report that the pattern’s waist sits above their own natural waistline. Well. You know what I’m thinking, don’t you? After just this issue with my last make {more on that in a bit}I was equal parts terrified and determined not to make the same mistake twice. I was feeling normal, in other words. And. Here’s the funny thing. I didn’t have to alter the length at all. In the above photo, I have put on a belt at my natural waistline and the seam hits exactly at the belt, not above the belt, and heavens….not below the belt. This is one of the reasons the fit on my McCalls shirt dress had me flummoxed….it must be designed for a reeeeelly short-waisted gal. 

The fabric is a cheery bicycle print hand selected for me by a sales associate at my local Fabricland. It’s 100% cotton, manufactured in Germany and feels like really nice quality. So….true story….I went into the fabric store intent on making a beeline to the buttons and then making an equally fast exit. But my ‘dealer‘ had other plans for me. Apparently a bolt had come in recently with my name all over it. And seriously, it would have been rude to have declined as much as a peek at it, amirite? Oh. My. Gosh. Bicycles! I was sold at hello. So yup…another not a stash buster…purchased in the merry month of May.

I’ve also included a detail shot of the notched collar and a hint towards my own addition…in-seam pockets.

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Again difficult to see, but the the back bodice and the skirt each have two pleats in lieu of darts. My muslin gaped a bit at the armhole so I removed a small v-shaped wedge from my back bodice pattern {at the armhole near the shoulder}. The dress is fully lined with bemberg rayon. Not only does it feel cool and light, but it’s an easy way to neatly finish the armholes…not that the suggested bias binding method is difficult.

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I placed my buttonholes closer together and hence, chose a smaller size than recommended. I love the pale pink, but did I choose too small? wonders me. Note to self….must find pink bicycle tires.

So…how are you guys doing? We’re well into spring here in Vancouver…but our weather has been finicky at best. That being said, nature soldiers on. Just look at these Canada Geese Goslings in their so ugly they’re cute phase….doesn’t that guy {or gal} have attitude.

Yeah…so…I was never in danger, these guys were pretty chill.

I had to include this final pic. There was this single photo in the bunch with my face sunlit. It feels like a little message from heaven to embrace the simple and the good. Be well my friends.

Two quick things before signing off….

#sewtogetherforsummer is in its final week! I’ll be back…like super soon…with the Kalle Shirt Dress, my final contribution to the challenge.

And many, many, many thanks for all your suggestions regarding my Bus Stop Shirt Dress fitting woes. Where I saw only darkness…a massive exaggeration on my part…you saw possibility! I may just prep this baby for some minor surgery! I’ll keep you posted.



  • Reply Sheila (of Ephemera) June 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I love this fabric pattern! And I adore this dress on you, Sue – it’s so you! Love the wee pink buttons (but yes, big pink bike wheels!). As always, in awe of your madd skillz!

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Sheila! I’m really happy with this dress too! It’s always nice when a make comes together almost effortlessly.

  • Reply colette godfrey June 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I love it, great fabric, and I’m already a fan of the pattern ;o)

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Because cute bikes, right?! I so wanted a wicker basket for my own bike, LOL.

  • Reply Nicole June 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Adorable! I love that fabric, too!

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Nicole! Yes…you ride regularly and you could use this fabric in your life too!

  • Reply Sherry - Petite Over 40 June 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    You are such the coolest kid on the block with your bicycle dress, your bicycle riding, and your ability to sew really amazing things. ::sigh:: and ::swoon:: I am Happy Jealous of your abilities and of the end result to your hard work. Plus, reading your post is just so fun. I could almost hear you laughing in that one photo of you getting away from the gaggle of geese!


    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      LOL….Happy Jealous Happy Jealous! It’s funny about the geese. Birds can be aggressive but these guys came right up to us and waddled by with no concerns. I felt okay because I had a big ‘ol bike between me and them. G was totally fine with it and snapped that gosling at very close range.

  • Reply Louisa June 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Perfect fabric and cute dress. So sweet! And I love your bicycle. But where’s your helmet, girl? Safety first! 😉

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Hahahahaha…right, the helmut. I was going to add a postscript….’Wear your helmut, it’s the law’ but I forgot. And yes, I do wear my helmut when I’m out riding! I’m actually a wimp when it comes to biking. I DO NOT like street riding, especially in the city.

  • Reply Priscilla June 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

    No other word for it: CUTE fabric! Nice bicycle, too!

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Wheee! Thanks Priscilla! Ya…I kinda love my bike A LOT but I am thinking of getting a more lady friendly one…with a lower bar.

  • Reply T June 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Totally adorable … you look like you should be cycling to a little bijou cafe on the banks of the Seine. Great fit as always.

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      TEEEEEEEE! I miss you girl! It’s sweet synchronicity that you mentioned the bijou cafe on the banks of zee Seine. I’ve called this Ma Robe Bicyclette because it feels exactly as you’ve mentioned. I didn’t title the post that because I thought maybe it was too subtle, but YOU GET ME! xo

  • Reply Deb M. June 13, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Sue, you nailed it again and captured your unique style in this make. I love everything about this dress.

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Aw…thanks Deb! This one is definitely a Sue dress!

  • Reply Elisa June 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Love the dress on you, and the fabric is awesome. You are such a talented seamstress!

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much Elisa! I’m trying to put together a little post that shows how I’ve improved my shirt dress making since when I was younger.

  • Reply seamsoddlouise June 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    So lovely. Love your photo shoot too, you are always so fun. xx

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Louise! We did have fun with this one. It was the first time I had my bike out this season…the tires were flat and I couldn’t pedal and we were laughing so hard. We had to put air in the tires and try again, LOL.

  • Reply fran June 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    LOVE IT It is so very you!!

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      YAY! Happy you like it! xo

  • Reply Vancouver Barbara June 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    You and your dress are adorable! For pink tires take a look at sfshaza IG. Go back a few days and you’ll see the bicycle with watermelon wheels! Yup.

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      OH…I just saw Sham’s photo. Now those are some tires! LOL!

  • Reply Sharon June 13, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Gorgeous dress and you need to find the pink tires.

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks Sharon. I did, in fact, google pink tires and they are out there, LOL. Surprise, surprise!

  • Reply Anne June 14, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I love this dress. I believe I actually have the PDF pattern. I will muslin first though! I do anyway but as I’m long waisted it’s essential. Great photoshoot too!
    I didn’t comment on your last dress as I had nothing to add but I agreed with the others. I’m liking forests to seeing if/ how you modify the too short front bodice

    • Reply Anne June 14, 2017 at 1:13 am

      Liking forests? Well I do but I meant looking forward!

      • Reply Sue June 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

        LOLOLOL….that is so cute Anne!

    • Reply Sue June 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Happy you like the dress. It really is a lovely dress! I see that Sew Over It has just released another shirt dress and I will be adding it to my ever growing queue! Yes, a muslin is recommended. I’m finding it a good habit to get into, especially with my changing body shape.

  • Reply Margo Bergman June 14, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Your ‘dealer’ …. ha! So funny! Adorable pretty much sums it up! Your addition of pockets makes it perfect. You look great Sue!

    • Reply Sue June 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Margo! I know your classic style is more modern than mine, but I think you’d like this pattern…

  • Reply Suzanne June 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I am in love with this fabric and the dress! Oh…and that bike! Ha ha!

    I think even I could have been convinced to but some of that fabric just because it’s so darn cute and I don’t even sew!

    If only we could have that kind of lighting follow us around all day long.

    BTW…your hair is looking amazing!


    • Reply Sue June 17, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Suzanne. I really like that this fabric is cute but not too twee, if you know what I mean?! And yes…thanks for the hair compliment…I’m feeling it right now too!!!

  • Reply Melanie June 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I’m glad your dealer is doing her job. Hahaha. This fabric is so much fun and your choice of using a REAL bicycle for this shoot couldn’t be better. I’m not sure I could ride and have my photo taken at the same time – brain overload. You are a real pro. I can imagine G’s instructions, “Okay, slow down! Look RELAXED!” I laughed about the flat tires story, though. Chinatown used to have a wide array of wicker bike baskets – probably still do, if you’re looking for one. Pink tires? That would be perfect!

    • Reply Sue June 17, 2017 at 10:28 am

      LOL….we did have a lot of fun shooting. Hahaha….shooting…makes me sound like a model, hahaha! I think the biggest challenge was trying to avoid cycling over, or stepping in, goose poop. Yah…the less than glamorous side of taking photos.

      Thanks for the tip on Chinatown. Haven’t been there for an age, and it’s so easy to get to with the steps in at skytrain. Will definitely be heading there soon!

  • Reply Flo June 18, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Such a fun print, I can see why it was hard to pass up. I love the floral belt with this too! Glad that the fit was better on this pattern, that can be so frustrating!

    • Reply Sue June 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks Flo! YAAAASH, so happy that the fit was effortless!

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion June 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Nearly missed this post. Which wouldn’t do. At all.
    Lovely summer dress. Fun with the bicycles and finished with perfect details. Love your goofy pictures.

    • Reply Sue June 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Greetje! Now all we need is summer weather. It’s been rainy and cold this spring for sure. I hope the Netherlands has been better weather!

  • Reply Barbara June 24, 2017 at 11:39 am

    What a lovely dress! How come I did not know this pattern?? I have to take a look at it, it looks so pretty and I like the collar and just the overall vintage look! The fabric is nice and cute at the same time! And I had a laugh with your ‘goofy’ pictures 😉 So if I understood this right, your fabric shop just had this fabric picked for you? How nice is that! It makes it a fun and playful dress too! Happy for you you didn’t have to make adjustment, it’s so nice if everything is like you want it to be 🙂 The message at the end makes me smile again, especially with the picture with your sunny face… You are so right about that… happiness is in the small and little things in life, and we indeed may not forget to embrace those… Thanks! <3

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