Time to Dye!

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In my opinion, this has been the most creativity I’ve had on any project I’ve worked on thus far. It’s easy to follow a pattern. It’s even easy to try to replicate something once you’re able to dissect all it’s parts from a picture. But for me, it’s hard to come up with my own idea. I think I figured out how to do that in this project.

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Cowl’d Maxi Dress

Cowl'd Maxi Dress

A while ago, I mentioned that I was going to stop sewing for myself until I managed to reach certain weight loss goals. Recently, I finally met my first one! Hooray! I ended up deciding against the Simplicity pattern I originally chosen to go with the chevron  jersey I picked up from Pacific Fabrics back in March during their Sew Expo sale. It was kind of a silly choice, because it would require a lot of pattern matching to make it look good, so I choose a simple McCall’s dress (McCall’s 6612).

I originally bought the pattern to make a pink sequin cocktail dress, but this pattern also included a maxi dress with a cowl. I’m not sure what season it’s for, but this jersey is pretty lightweight, that even with the cowl, I’m pretty sure it passes for summer wear. The only pattern matching I had to do was matching at the side seams. I got pretty close, so that’s all I cared about.

It’s a super simple dress: three pieces! It took me less than four hours to make, from cutting out to finishing the hem. Granted, having a serger made it go a LOT faster. I single stitched the hem on the armhole and twin needle stitched the hem on the skirt; that almost made me wish I had a cover stitch machine.

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On to my review!

Pattern Description

Jersey maxi dress with cowl. Pattern envelope describes it as close fitting, which I would say is pretty accurate.

Pattern Sizing

I made a size 14, but graded out to a size 16 in the hips. Easier to take in than to let out! I feel like I have just enough room to move around in, while the design still retains a good shape.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Very much so!

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Honestly, I didn’t really follow the instructions, except for sewing and attaching the cowl. But those were pretty easy to follow.  Otherwise, only checked to make sure that I was hemming the suggested amount.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Super easy. This style was only three pieces, other styles are equally simple in the amount of pieces to use.

Fabric Used

Lightweight jersey with a chevron print.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made

None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Maybe not this style again, but I’m currently making a cocktail dress from another style from the same pattern. The shirt with the rouched sides also looks appealing, so we’ll see!

Conclusion

If you need a pattern for a quick and easy knit dress, this is it!

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Maranda’s Cold Shoulder Dress

Recently, I was commissioned by a friend to make her some clothes, and one of the dresses we decided on was Simplicity 1623 and she picked out a floral linen/cotton knit from GirlCharlee.com fabrics. I had never ordered from GirlCharlee.com, but they had fabulous service and quick shipping, as well as great prices for knit fabrics. They also included a card with a few swatches on it in the order, so that was really neat. I would definitely order from them again for another project in the future.

Maranda's Dress

Maranda’s Dress

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Finished Yellow Sundress

Alright, it’s done! I’m happy with it, I just hope someone else will be equally happy to wear it and love it!

Yellow sundress front

Yellow sundress front

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Figure Flattery IS Important

Vogue Patterns has a handy feature one their patterns called Figure Flattery. It’s a simple chart that lists if that pattern would look good on your figure.  I fall into the “triangle” body shape (also known as “pear”).

Can you guess which figure is missing from this list?

Can you guess which figure is missing from this list?

I noticed that before I bought the pattern, but figured, “It will be alright! I should be able to fit into it just fine!”

PFFT!

Lesson learned: my body type is not listed for a very good reason. No pics yet, because I’m not quite finished, but I had an opportunity to try it on last night and discovered that true to the word of Figure Flattery, my upper body kind of got lost in all the fabric of the bodice. And here I was, worried about how the fabric would look against my skin tone all this time. Ha!

The only work I have left is to insert the zipper and hem the skirt, and after that, I’ll be posting the measurements of the completed project so it will be up-for-grabs for some of my “bustier” girl friends.

Aside from the disappointment of it not looking amazing on me, I’m happy with the way it’s turning out. It’s cute, and now I know I can wear yellow, even something this YELLOW.

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“Last” Summer Dress of the Summer

While the weather report for next week in the Seattle area is predicting rain (however, the weekend following is suppose to be sunny), I’m having a feeling this will be my last dress for the summer and then I will have to start planning my fall wardrobe of wool crepe dresses, suits (i.e. tailoring!), and long sleeve shirts.

Vogue 8380, style B

Vogue 8380, style B

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Flowery Pink Dress

Last night, some baseball game was playing instead of the shows I would have been watching, so I wasn’t allowed to slack off on finishing my dress. All I had left was attaching the embellishments and hemming the skirt, so it wasn’t a lot of work, just took a few episodes of Law and Order to complete.

Spent about $10 at JoAnn’s for more thread, twin needle (that I proceeded to break), and pearls, so in all, I spent $35 on this dress (including shipping and handling for the fabric). Not bad!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

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Bare Bones Dress

This is my first replication project, and I think it might be successful! I like looking at the dresses on ModCloth for inspiration on what to make, and recently found a dress on there that I decided to attempt to replicate:

ModCloth's "Right Mauve Dress"

ModCloth’s “Right Mauve Dress”

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Sunny in Seattle!

Finally! A 70 degree day to wear my dress!

Yay! Sunny day!

Yay! Sunny day!

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Should’ve Been a Dress for Vegas

Spring in Seattle is a mixed-bag of nuts, so I never assume it will be sunny, even when the weather report claims it will be, so who knows when I’ll be able to wear this. Maybe if it’s nice enough this weekend, I’ll wear it to the Bootlegger’s Ball on Saturday.  Regardless of when I do, I’ll post a picture of me in it when that does occur.

Simplicity 2250, Style A, Front View

Simplicity 2250, Style A, Front View

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