Named – Reeta Shirtdress ho hum


No head and not happy. I don’t know why I keep sewing shirt dress designs. Wishful thinking. I don’t even like collars. But here I am again, so I’ll try to give a balanced review.

I love the promise…

line art

But it just didn’t work. The silhouette is nice, I even like it without any cinching at the waistline. In the first pic, however, I’ve use an self-fabric belt (from Vogue 8807).


I’m not a fan of drawstrings and so on, and this little belt is a nice option. Easy to do. Without any belt…



But – Β I just don’t like the design on me.

Moving on to the pattern. It’s a bit of a beast, because the collar is totally wonky. I’m being generous. This is the worst collar/neckline drafting I’ve ever encountered.

I’m really good at sewing! but the collar and neckline just did not want to meet. I was working with high-thread count poplin, but, frankly – horrible drafting. I really tried, lots of pins, and it just didn’t work. To make me feel better, all 4 of the reviews I read mentioned issues with this CRITICAL area. Attaching the collar to the neckline. The pic below is hardly suggestive of the impossibility of sewing the collar into the neckline AND the facing.


I ended up trimming the neckline at the front and drafting a completely new collar. I have little patience for poor drafting and would just as soon try to save a garment with something else.

My collar:

new collar 1

Being a little discouraged, and looking for some fun, I drew a curved edge to my collar to offset the pointed lapel. Cute, right?

new collar 2

And my own collar and neckline worked just fine.

Sewing notes:

  • I drafted the size 42. It worked up to be somewhere between a size 12 and size 14 in Big Four sizing. It’s a little big on me across the Β back, but it’s pretty comfortable. I think a size 40 would have been too small.
  • I started with the recommended 4 yards of 44″ wide fabric. And shortened my front and back by 8 1/2″. I could not have done the full midi-length in the suggested yardage.
  • I drew the sleeves to the pattern, but I did not do the double-up sewed-in-cuff view. And I ended up cutting off several inches and doing a 1.25″ hem at elbow length.
  • I added in-seam pockets. It blows my mind that this pattern doesn’t have pockets.


  • Mine are attached 3″ below the waistline, and to make them really comfortable, they’re topstitched to the front. No waving pockets please…

Nonetheless, I’m ditching this pattern and moving on. Summer is here, replete with rain, mosquitoes, and lots of opportunity for fun lightweight garments.

Lights out on this one!


Parting thought: I’m sick of black and white and grey! Forget about the advice on colors for grey hair. I’m going back to exuberant color and patterns. The alternative is just not me!

Ciao! Coco


17 thoughts on “Named – Reeta Shirtdress ho hum

  1. Hi Coco, thank you for your your very helpful review. I’m so glad I’m not alone in trying to figure out the Reeta collar–it’s just awful! Like you, I have decades of sewing experience, so that isn’t the problem. The pattern is definitely wonky! I don’t know if I have the patience to finish my dress. This collar is so darn aggravating…. 😦


  2. I myself, like this on you, but comparing it to the pattern photo I see that your sleeves still hit longer on your arms, nearer the elbow. Perhaps, it’s just that the proportions are off? Maybe you’d like it better with the sleeves even a few inches shorter?


  3. First up…hoorah for colour. Sure, black and white is dramatic and awesome on you…but I can’t wait to see vibrant hues again! πŸ™‚

    I loved the Reeta dress as soon as I saw it. I fear, however, that it would look dowdy on me. It seems to look so good on really tall people but 4 yards of fabric is a lot for someone my height. Like Theresa mentioned…I imagine housedress..on ME!

    That being said, even with the bold print, the dress doesn’t really have the pop that I love about your makes. Can’t describe it any other way…most of your makes….you pop! πŸ™‚

    And…nice save on the collar!


  4. I’ve been doing this too! Making shirts and shirt dresses like a fiend! And like you haven’t made one yet I like! I passed on this one by Named but I did make up the Kalle which I thought would be really cute but there was no way this was going to work for me so I tossed the works -fabric, pattern — it all went. Now I’m making the Dove and must say I’m much happier πŸ™‚ I’m getting sort of tired of all these wovens after 6 months – I’m hunkering for knit πŸ™‚

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  5. At first glance, it looks wonderful on you. I like the changes you made, which were necessary to get to the finish line. Too bad it was so much work. I appreciate your testing these things out for we learn from you. Yes, onto HAPPY colors!

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    1. Thanks, Margene. I think my problem is a combo of collar-wariness, black and white boredom, and that collar business. The latter really spoiled the dress for me, even though I was able to recoup πŸ™‚


  6. Useful review Coco. So annoying about the collar issues- no excuse for it- the pattern company should check it thoroughly! I actually like the dress belted on you- wear it over trousers? And come back to colour- YES!!!

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  7. Hi Coco–I really love what you did with your dress. It looks fab on you, belted or unbelted. Interesting to hear your take on Named; I’m always tempted by their patterns, even though most of them wouldn’t be my style. TY 4 sharing your makes!!

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  8. Cute collar save. Cannot believe the poor draft!??!! .I would be very disappointed with that situation. Personally, I love the black, white, grey, taupes, stoney neutrals, but your colorful pieces always work for you, too. You must sew 24/7 and I LOVE it… I love your tunics and maxis the mostπŸ€— And, yes, the mosquitoes are very bad this year.

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    1. Hi Fran, and thanks! Well, I sew a few hours a day, it just adds up. Plus I usually have several things going at one time. Sometimes they all get finished at the same time, and I look like a production line! then I’ll go a couple weeks with nothing done πŸ™‚


  9. Well I love the fabric, belt and the rounded collar, but you’re right, it just isn’t a stand out. My Nana would have said it was a wonderful housecoat. πŸ˜‰ There are a lot of fun summer patterns hitting the streets. Hope you find at least a couple to delight!

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    1. Hi there! and I’m in the mood for more for the summer. I love keeping up with the pups and your weaving. Your garden is so inspiring. If the mosquitoes would leave me alone for a moment…


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