Oscar de la Renta Stretch Canvas Shirtdress

I had a difficult time believing this whimsical Oscar de la Renta print is canvas, but now, not only am I believer – I’m a canvas convert.
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Mood Fabrics offers quite the collection of canvas for both home decorating and apparel sewing. I knew I’d like any fabric designed by Oscar de la Renta, but I was surprised by its light weight and smooth texture.

While this stretch canvas would work well with several garments, including jeans and jackets, I chose McCall’s 6520, a shirtdress pattern I’d sewn once before.


I selected View D. Views C & D are designed for stretch knits, but the canvas met the stretch requirements, giving me the green light to proceed.


My only adjustment to accommodate the canvas was the addition of back darts which blend into the fabric.

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I was after a close fit and love the result.


The dress reminds me of a dressed up denim…

IMG_0064 2… and to give it more of a denim dress appearance I topstitched the collar, cuffs and front bands. I opted NOT to topstitch the sash for fear of making it too stiff. Since I fitted the back, the dress wears nicely both with and without the sash.

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I received the cute two-toned buttons as a gift several years ago and have waited for the perfect opportunity to use them. This was it!


It’s a three season dress that works with boots, sandals and everything in between. My kind of sewing!




  • Linda Berube
    February 26, 2018

    So fresh and pretty! It looks great on you! And the buttons are perfect!

  • Mary Anne
    February 27, 2018

    I love the fabric and it is perfect made up into this dress. Very fresh looking and perfect to welcome in Spring.

  • Lisa
    February 27, 2018

    This looks great! I like the idea of using canvas for this dress!

  • Karen
    February 27, 2018

    Until viewing this creation I never would have considered sewing canvas into garments. Your dress is lovely!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 27, 2018

      Other than unfitted garments, I would not have considered canvas either, but once it arrived I knew the fabric would work. Many thanks, Karen!

  • Vanisha Griggs
    March 4, 2018

    I love the idea of using a stretch canvas in a dress I like knits but prefer to wear wovens, this will fit my style perfectly. Thank you.


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