A few seasons ago, a certain slow fashion brand had designed a long sleeved, slightly oversized white shirt dress with multi-colored buttons — it was outside my budget but I COVETED it. (Shout out to #statethelabel!) Simple but whimsical, the style I like to strive for. Classic without being on the nose, veering a little left of centre. I waited for it on resale sites, but it never popped up in my size. When I saw the Zina Shirt Dress pattern, I decided to pay homage to the original and sew my own.
I started my sewing journey during the pandemic, and a shirt dress like this would have been a seriously intimidating threat 2 years ago. Collars stands? Buttons?? CUFFS?