Retro...What's Old is New Again

Kennis Wong and Itch To Stitch have done it again with the newly released, Chai Skirt and Dress, designed for woven fabrics. Chai Shirt/Dress   

I was recently fortunate to be chosen as a tester for this gorgeous retro blouse and dress from Itch To Stitch.  With it's slightly gathered sleeves and bodice, along with a waistband and flowing skirt, this dress and top are reminiscent of the seventies, but with a very modern vibe.

The shirt and dress include a collar on a proper collar stand, but don't let that scare you!  The instructions are very clear, with a step by step technique that will help to ensure success. Similarly, the waistband comes together very nicely and looks great in a contrasting fabric, too.  I chose to change the direction of the pattern for my waistband, but that is not necessary to do.

This style can be dressed up or down, depending on how you choose to pair it, and is flattering on all body types.  It is available from size 0-20, and in cup sizes ranging from A to DD.  No full bust adjustment (FBA) is required to get a great fit.  The pattern is designed in layers with separate front bodice  pattern pieces for each cup size, so that you only need to print the size you choose.  The layers feature makes it very easy to blend between sizes.

This shirt and dress takes a bit of time to put together, and is truly worth the time and effort. It is sure to become a wardrobe staple that you will reach for time and again.


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