Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Pineapple Reeta Shirtdress

Is it still the case that #pineapplesaresohotrightnow, or am I five years too late? I'm not sure I care either way. Because I am going to wear the heck out of them no matter the answer.


This is the Named Reeta Midi Shirtdress, which I have been meaning to make for a while now after admiring so many others in the sewing community (see: Katie, Tori, Shauni, Helen and Caroline, and sew on and sew forth)! 


I have actually had a version of this pattern cut out since like January or February, as it was my original day dress option for Elizabeth's Day and Night Dress challenge. But the rayon challis I used was infuriatingly hard to cut and wouldn't take any type of marking, so I got frustrated with it and balled it up in the corner.


Reeta got a second chance, though, after I purchased some novelty print pineapple fabric on a whim... I'd been eyeing this funky pineapple fabric at Joann for a while, but didn't feel the urge to buy it because of the price. But on sale for 70% off plus an additional 20% off? More doable. 

I'm not typically a novelty print gal, but every few years a fruit print gets me. The woman who cut this for me at Joann had a different reaction to this fabric; she let me know that she hated the color and the pineapples (has anyone else dealt with overly opinionated shopkeepers?). I shrugged and went on my way.


This fabric is soft and drapey with a hint of stretch and quite a strange consistency. I thought it was a woven, but some googling told me it is a "micro pique knit," 71% model and 29% polyester. I treated it like a woven for purposes of this dress, as it doesn't have much stretch (although I sewed the sleeves in flat like a knit). It presses ok, but not great, so I took some additional steps to make my dress look more polished, like understitching the button band/facing as well as the collar.


Because of the large scale print, I decided not to use the chest patch pocket pieces from the Reeta pattern. I didn't want to break up the pineapples too much (although now I have a bit of a pineapple boob situation happening). Also, because of fabric limitations, I had to cut the sleeves with out the turned-up cuffs. I cut them about one inch below the first notch and then just hemmed 3/8" and then 3/4".


This is a size 48 Reeta, which seems to be my ideal Named size. No fit changes. I used grey mother-of-pearl-esque buttons from my stash, which I sewed on by machine using these instructions (and no special foot, a revelation!!), and some grey cotton ribbon-y stuff as my waist tie. I may switch out the tie for something nicer if I find it.


I really love this dress! It's incredibly comfy in this soft fabric, and very swishy and fun. I love that it contrasts the sort of conservative shirtdress style with those side slits. Good stuff. Maybe I'll pick up my UFO rayon challis Reeta again and have a second go...


24 comments:

  1. You need to go back to Joann's and find that woman and show her that dress. She'll change her opinion.

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    1. Ha ha, thanks! I can't be bothered... to each his own.

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  2. I love the colour and the pineapples. It's a nice match with the reeta pattern. I have all sorts of intentions of sewing this pattern as it would be great for nursing but I think it will have to wait. I once bought neon swim fabric and the woman cutting it told me it was "too much."

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    1. Thanks! It's a cute pattern- I think it's true it would work well for nursing.

      Ug, "too much"? Sigh.

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  3. I think this is a perfect fabric choice for that pattern - it keeps it from being too matronly. In fact, I think this is very cute and a perfect seasonal transition dress.

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    1. Thanks!! I'm wearing it today and it's perfect for the transitional weather!

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  4. This dress looks nice on you! I like the pineapples!

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  5. It looks so comfortable & swishy! Re: over-opinionated fabric shop people. I was lucky enough to have an amazing local fabric shop when I lived in Lawrence (Kansas). So many beautiful garment fabrics! But the owner personally hated purple & therefore didn't stock any! This store was really large compared to your average indie fabric shop, with pretty much any type of fabric you can imagine...none of it purple!

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    1. Thanks so much! So swishy and comfy!

      Ha, that is so funny about the purple!

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    2. Lawrence, Kansas; came through there en route from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada to Galveston, Texas. Struck us as a town well worth coming back to; haven't managed it yet, but 12 years later still have it on out Dream List, Liz

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  6. Lovely. The colour looks great with your eyes!

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  7. Pineapples are a colonial symbol of hospitality. This dress and the print looks great on you. Who cares what the clerk at Joann's says or if pineapples are in? Sew what you like.

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    1. I definitely don't care what she thinks! And thank you!!

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  8. I love your dress and the fabric is lovely. You should have told that shop keeper that you happen to hate opinionated sales clerks.

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    1. Thanks so much!

      I'm very conflict averse, so I just nodded and smiled and walked away with the knowledge that i would make an awesome dress!

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  9. First off, you look fantastic in this dress! That's your summer power color for sure. Brings out your tan and eyes and is pale enough not to roast in this Vermont sun. Eff that lady. More than one person has told me about the 'awful fabric cutting lady' there. She's apparently a long time fixture... sigh.

    Second, even though that JoAnn's in particular really sucks, I just tried the option where you order online and they cut and bag it for you to pick up at the register and that was amazing. Scored some great printed quilting lawn on the mega cheap for summer PJs with no awkward waiting or rude service interactions beyond checkout.

    Congrats on the awesome dress win!

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    1. Thanks so much! I do love this shade of green. I think of it as an alternative neutral to tan or camel, which do NOT work for me.

      Oooh, I should try that ordering online option, although I find that most of my Joann fabric purchases are on a whim when I've gone in to buy thread or a zipper or something.

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  10. you look very chic and cool, great work.

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