I don’t know if I can adequately express how much I think everyone reading this needs to make a ZINA Shirt Dress. Maybe that sounds a little dramatic but wow, this was so fun to make and I think you can tell from my photos, how good I feel in this dress. A linen button-up shirt dress might be the best staple wardrobe pieces next to the little black dress and a great fitting jean. In my opinion, the Fabric-store designer of this pattern needs a round of applause.
As an advanced sewist, I would say collars and cuffs are a step above beginner level sewing in most cases but I just don’t know that the pattern designer could have made it any more clear or fun to make these pieces. So if anything about jumping into this pattern scares you, let me help dispel those fears. I say jump in and give it a try. Every detail is laid out clearly and the pattern fit is correct.
As always, linen is my go to fabric and I suggest choosing the neutral color you love the most to make this staple wardrobe piece easy to grab and go for any occasion. I look best in autumn tones so I went with OLIVE BRANCH Softened 5.3 oz. I also like rust colors so who knows, maybe a second shirt dress will happen soon as well. Dress this up with heels and jewellery, dress down with sneakers, or a warm pair of leggings in cooler temperatures. I don’t think you can go wrong styling the Zina dress.
For sizing comparison, I made the 0-2 Zina Shirt Dress. I am 5’8” and 32B bust and I normally wear around an XS top or 2. The 5/8″ tortoise shell type buttons were found at JoAnn Fabrics but there are so many great notions shops online or in person to find the best button for you.