Diana Wrap Dress

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This is my newest creation a gorgeous wrap dress in cornflower blue jersey. I was a pattern tester for the curvy version of the Diana Wrap Dress from Wardrobe By Me.  I am so pleased with how it came out. I made no changes to the pattern, this is a straight size 16. Pretty great fit, don’t you think! I used a cotton/poly jersey with 4 way stretch. The original pattern came in size 0-16 and the new curvy version comes in 14-24.

Conclusion, this is a great pattern!! I’ve already got several other versions planned. If you would like the pattern, it’s on sale this week at Wardrobe By Me,using this codeRMD2AL27L8JZ, thank you to Christina!

Gingham Dress- Finished

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Can I just say that I love this dress! It’s everything I like in a sun dress, fitted bodice, full skirt, wider straps! I love it’s fit, the fabric! Everything! Ok maybe I’m gushing a bit. Tomorrow I wear it for the first time, I can’t wait.

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Bodice detail.  I will try to post pictures of me wearing it soon.

Sewing notes

  • Bodice self drafted using online pattern diagram (see this post)
  • Skirt drafted just like this dress
  • Used a shirred panel in back of dress to avoid a zipper, It just pulls on.
  • Fabric is plaid seersucker

Overall a very simple make. My favorite 🙂

Gingham Inspiration

Gingham Inspiration
Summer Gingham

 

Suddenly I decided I need a new sun dress. I just love gingham its such a classic print.  I am really glad its currently fashionable again.

  I am currently moving and extremely busy- but today I got bit by the sewing bug.  Most of my sewing stuff is in storage, but a few things are still here in my house.  Including a very nice piece of navy and white gingham seersucker.  It was 4 yards worth and plenty to make a dress.  I used the same skirt pattern as my little white dress   .  For the bodice I used this diagram   (scroll down page) and my custom bodice sloper. (one of the best things I have made, if you don’t have  sloper based on your bodies measurements I highly advise you to make one.  To find out more about how to do it look here)
I cut it out and sewed it all in one day today.  It is almost finished, just needs the bodice lining sewn in and a hem.  Look for a finished garment later this week.

Little White Dress

Whitedress beachcasualwhite dresseveningwhitedressHooray for my finished dress!
Well I am very happy with it. Here’s my review from pattern review.  If you are a member feel free to vote for my entry!  If not, you should join, pattern review is awesome and a great resource for all things sewing related.

Pattern Description: A fabulously easy dress that is a great basic with some nice design details and a beautiful neckline. The easy design allows easy design and fitting adaptations. Try to replace the front and back tuck with a princess seam if you would like a more fitted look and eliminate the pockets for a less sporty and more simplistic and sleek version.

Pattern Sizing: 34-46, I made the 42

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes but I changed the skirt to a circle skirt.

Were the instructions easy to follow? i didn’t really use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The fit, this bodice fit me perfectly as drafted with no alterations necessary. I liked the neckline and he midriff band.

Fabric Used: White cotton eyelet. Fully lined in white cotton batiste.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Many they are as follows
1. lengthened the midriff band about 3 inches
2. lowered the back neckline to make it more summer friendly
3. changed the skirt given to a circle skirt, self drafted from this tutorial Click Here

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes great pattern so well drafted, and the circle skirt tutorial on the by hand London site is great also!

Conclusion: This is my entry for the Little White Dress Contest. The first photo is my beach styling shot, next I styled my LWD for school and errands, last up is my evening look!
I have made a little deal with myself to sew only free patterns this year to keep sewing costs down and to explore all the awesome free sewing patterns out there. So I decided to enter the LWD contest and put my resolve to the test. I even have a pinterest board with free pattern links on it, free pattern board. So far I am pleased, this pattern was great. I almost always have to alter patterns with the big 4, but did not here. I love the fit and my new dress seems quite versatile. I have already thought of many more ways to wear it!
You see my planning board Click Here on my blog.

Bralette and Matching Panties

P1020045I sewed a little bralette and matching panties.  I drafted the patterns myself from my personal sloper.  Wow is that a lot of work.  I had to redraft the panties twice with lots of tweaking.  I am very happy with them now.  They feature a woven fabric center panel with stretch lace on the side. The center fabric is quilting cotton cut on the bias. This worked surprisingly well.  It has a bit of give this way and hugs the curves of the body nicely.

A detail shot

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My fabric print is almost identical to this liberty print.   I have been experimenting with drafting a panty that is made out of woven fabrics, I have some silk I want to make up into panties.  My liberty fabric arrived yesterday and I’m thinking it would make nice underwear too.  The bralette was drafted from this pattern I made for a summer camisole.  I was inspired by this lingerie from The Cherry Blossom Girl (no longer available).  I believe it is made of Liberty Tana lawn. Not sure because I can’t read French very well, but isn’t it cute!

Up next summer shorty pjs from one of these fabrics.  Which one do you like?

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Red Floral Sundress- I sewed something!!

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I made a summer dress!!  Yay for me to actually finish one of my UFO’s.  This was from last summers plan.  Based on a dress from my May Projects post.  The original dress was from Urban Outfitters by Sparkle and Fade.  I found this great rayon fabric at Joann’s.  It was labeled Carole Anderson in the selvage, so I guess its “designer” fabric.  Cool.  Well I love the color and drape (please excuse the wrinkles, I will iron it before it gets worn again).   The pattern is  Simplicity 2745  
which I have made before.  This pattern may become a TNT for me.  I am thinking about re-drafting the bodice to accommodate a set in sleeve.  It’s a great pattern, I love the fit of the bodice.  I have been wearing it and enjoying it.  I think I need to take in the back at the zipper though, its a bit loose.

Some construction notes:

  • omitted the under-bust overlay and converted it to an actual band
  • Invisible zipper used
  • Made a baby hem
  • Made a FBA (full bust adjustment) on the front bodice

Here’s a detail of the bodice

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