Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Dress and No Stress...

I've done a fair amount of sewing for the girls, which always feels pretty satisfying.  The results are super cute and you don't need to worry about everything fitting perfectly because things always need to be a little big so that they've got room to grow.  With adult clothing, this is not always the case and I've had one too many patterns that look great on the package, but then after all that effort and expense, look terrible on my body type.

But there are way too many of my friends, online and in real life, that are super talented garment makers and the temptation to try something new for myself was just too great.  Even though I have the half-made Washi dress still lingering in the WIP pile, I came across two patterns that I was itching to try for myself.

I started out with Simplicity 2886 and the green Amy Butler sari fabric that I purchased in the great Fabric Binge of 2014.  With only 7 pattern pieces and a fairly forgiving silhouette, I figured that I didn't have too much to lose.

As usual, I think that ironing and cutting takes more time that many of the other steps and this time it was true - mostly because I was trying to figure out how to cut out the pieces so that the border of the skirt as well as the waistline could utilize the pretty selvage edge of the fabric but I had already hacked into it for the details on one of the girls' summer dresses.  Oops!  But once I figured out how to cut everything out and moved onto the actual sewing, things came together pretty darn quick and 24 hours later, I had a dress!

Photo courtesy of my 6-year old photographer :)
Granted, the fit was a little snug around the bust, but not uncomfortably so and when you've got a slightly larger chest size, a higher neckline doesn't do it too many favors.  But still, it was wearable and I could breathe and I loved it!

After a couple days in a row of wearing it and feeling pretty proud of myself, I went out and bought this beautiful butterfly fabric (Anna Maria Horner I think?) that I had wistfully thought would make a great dress but didn't think I had the chops to make good use of.  The second time around, I made the next size up and dropped the neckline a few inches.

It seemed fairly easy to do, but I did have to add in a couple extra darts under the armpit region so that I didn't have wings sticking out that would give people a peep show of my bra. Once that was done, it was a perfect fit!

These two dresses have become a staple in my summer wardrobe and I wear them almost weekly.  I think it's time to get going on the next pattern so that I don't wear these out by the beginning of July :)

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  1. Great work! I'm usually too scared to make clothes - I confine my efforts to pyjama pants and tote bags. Though last year I did branch out and make a couple of skirts from the I like my Skirts Cheap and Easy pattern. Super simple!

  2. Eventually a dress or two will make it off my "to make" list and maybe even bypass the "WIP" list straight for the "finished" list. :D Until then, I'll just keep living vicariously through you. :P

  3. I am so impressed! You are really making some amazing things lately. Gorgeous fabric choices and really well done.

  4. They both turned out SO cute! They look fantastic on you. I've decided THIS is the summer I'll make a washi dress and/or tunic (I've been collecting fabric for months, haha), and suddenly realized I need a new bathing suit for my son's swim lessons next month, so planning to take on the Bombshell pattern, yikes. The butterfly fabric is Amy Butler, from the Alchemy line.

  5. Gorgeous!!! I love dresses for summer... so cool and comfy and everyone thinks you're dressed up when you feel like you're wearing jammies;-)