Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear sewing friends. Hope you are celebrating love in all its forms, whether it’s love of family, friends, co-workers, pets, romantic partners, shirt dresses, or whatever makes you feel warm and happy. ❤

Frivolous at Last - Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

Speaking of love, big shout out to Alex of Sewrendipity whose sense of style I wish I had one tiny ounce of. I *love* her style. And her personality. I basically just want to BE her. (I had to settle for chatting with her on the Clothes Making Mavens podcast instead…did you hear that episode?) Anyway, I saw her post about this Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress and I just had to make one myself.

Frivolous at Last - Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

I do love a great shirt dress. And do you know what I love even more than a great shirt dress? A great, kinda weird shirt dress. It’s almost as wide as it is long. It’s kinda weird, and I love it.

Frivolous at Last - Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

I used a modal shirting I bought at Fabricland in 2018, on sale for $5 per meter. It’s got amazing drape and a lovely kind of sand-washed finish. My #longsufferingphotographer (Big Love shout-out to you, Dave!) had such a hard time photographing it…either you could actually see the shirt and I was a bright ball of white light, or you could see my face and the shirt was a dark mystery. We generally opted for the ball of white light photos, as you can see.

Frivolous at Last - Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

I bought 3.5 meters of this fabric which is really unusual for me; my go-to length is 2 meters if I don’t have anything in particular in mind to make with it. I’m glad my instincts were good because while I wasted some of this fabric on a pair of pants that turned out very sucky (see below), I still had plenty leftover for this giant tent of a garment.

Frivolous at Last - Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

So far I’ve only worn it with pants but I’m sure it’ll be easy as a dress in warmer weather. In these photos I am wearing it with my Named Paola turtleneck. All-season styling possibilities!

Frivolous at Last - Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

Here are the sucky pants that I made from the same fabric. Fail! They’re in the time-out pile awaiting a refashion to determine their fate. Ugh, they look so bad with those shoes, too. What was I thinking?

But life’s too short to dwell on too-short pants. I have all the heart-eyes for this shirt dress!

Frivolous at Last - Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

Sending love your way. Thanks so much for stopping by!

— Lori



4 thoughts on “Ralph Pink Sahara Shirt Dress

  1. That shirt makes you look like a wild artist…
    I like it!

    PS I just had a pants fail, too. (Style ARC Bob Woven Pant pattern.) The sewing was fine and in a nice rayon. I just felt dumpy when I tried them on. Never wore them. Bundled them off to the Thrift Store today, so they wouldn’t be around to torture me. They might look good on someone else, I hope.

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  2. Thank you so much for your kind words, Lori!! And I’m so glad you gave this pattern a go. I love mine after all those years and wear it loads! This blue is perfect, and I do love the combo with the mustard turtleneck! And I don’t think the trousers are as bad as that. Maybe for a different season with sandals?


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