Our Rosa shirtdress is a limited-edition piece: it’s made from a deadstock lyocell and pima cotton-blend fabric, of which only 26 metres is available; so once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Blending sharp lines and soft volume, our few-of-a-kind dress is all about playful contrasts. Side splits slashed to the knee act as a counterpoint to its long column shape, while off-kilter details add an irreverent tone – from the puffed sleeves to the slightly-longer-than-usual patch pockets trimmed with ruffles.
Designed for ease thanks to its relaxed silhouette, it’s a standout everyday dress, capped off with thoughtful flourishes: the Codelite® button cuffs on the sleeves are adjustable; there’s an inner loop on the neck so you can hang the removable belt with your dress in your wardrobe; and the hems come beautifully bound inside in a contrasting lilac shade.
Also available in navy check and Japanese denim.
'I bought the Rosa yellow check shirtdress in size XS. Unique and so well-made. Highly recommend for the quality of the finishings (love the lilac inside binding at the hem) and the flattering fit... It's very versatile, I wear mine as a mid-axi dress, with a sleeveless knit over the top and chunky boots, or buttoned to the waist over, layered over a vest and jeans - worn as a longline shirt. The check cloth is really soft and the puff sleeve proportions are just right for my frame. I will treasure it forever! Extra points for the super-cute eco packaging!' Customer Review
Composition: 64% Lenzing Lyocell, 34% Pima Cotton, from deadstock
Made in Europe, by Mantra
Dress is a long line relaxed fit.
Model 1 is size 12 and wearing size M.
Model 2 is size 8 and wearing size XS.
Wash less, love always
Try hanging your shirtdress to air outdoors, rather than washing after every wear, for a lower environmental impact, and to help it last longer. Use warm soapy water to spot clean marks, and when it does need a wash, follow our care advice:
A note on our deadstock fabric and Codelite® buttons
Our yellow check limited-edition Rosa shirtdress uses a deadstock lyocell and pima cotton-blend fabric, of which only 26 metres was available. It’s sourced from the Riopele mill in Portugal, which is certified STeP by OEKO-TEX® for sustainable production. The dress itself is made in Romania by Mantra, which is committed to carbon neutrality and zero waste.
Aside from repurposing perfectly good waste, we used these materials as they’re natural and biodegradable – the lyocell comes from wood pulp from sustainable forestry, and is produced in a closed loop system by Lenzing, a leader in sustainable fabrics.
For our buttons, we’ve used Codelite®, as it’s a natural material made from casein, a protein derived from milk. Codelite® is also biodegradable, which means your dress’ impact on the environment once it reaches the end of its lifecycle will be reduced further.
Saywood was founded in 2020 by Harriet Saywood-Bellisario. As she beautifully put it: "The stories behind what you wear create that feeling of true joy when you get dressed each day, filling you with the confidence to take on the world, with the conviction that your most loved wardrobe pieces contribute to a positive fashion future, instead of the global fashion crisis". We absolutely love that!
At the heart of Saywood's story is a desire to reconnect you with the people and processes behind what you wear, and in doing so, press pause on throwaway fashion. Saywood does this through storytelling and by creating timeless pieces that you can rediscover each time you wear and rewear them.
Eco-friendly: Saywood uses materials like deadstock cotton, recycled cotton, Japanese denim and Supima cotton. They produce in small batches and offer mending services. If, after years, you're done with your product, they collaborate with OWNI; a peer-to-peer resale platform.
Local & fair production: Saywood works with factories in the UK and Romania for manufacturing and the fabrics are from factories in Italy and Portugal. These factories are all audited by multiple organizations and certifications to ensure ethical working conditions. As the factory in Romania increased its minimum order quantity, Saywood will switch to another supplier for future collections.
Vegan: as Saywood uses Codelite buttons, which are made from a protein from milk, the brand is not completely vegan. However, except for these buttons they are!
Good cause: Saywood has a Saywood for Good Initiative. At the end of each year, Saywood donates a percentage of its revenue to grassroots organisations aligned with their sustainability goals. These organizations are Labour Behind the Label (an NGO committed to better working conditions for garment workers), Trafino/Forever Lung (an organization protecting tropical forests) and Solar Sister (an organization investing in women's clean energy businesses in off-grid communities in Africa).
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