Friday, April 17, 2015

Tara Tank Dress for Summer!

Tara Tank Dress in Amy Butler print

Fabric:  Amy Butler print in quilt-weigth fabric

Pattern: Tara Tank Dress from Sew Serendipity 

Favorite Details:  THE TUCKS in the front are great!!!

Fitting Details:  I added a bust dart to this dress to give me the needed room and to control the fullness across the chest.  Without it, I was swimming in fabric.  I wish I had put in a waist dart to help control the extra fullness from the bust dart transferred to the waist area.  Quilting cotton has its uses in the fashion world, but the fabric must be controlled or you feel very frumpy.  Without the waist dart, I am frumpy!!!  This pattern is better suited to a fabric that will drape just a little or plan to do a bit more fitting.

I love tucks!  This sweet child is wearing a tuck dress I made last summer.  Isn't she cute????
Toddler Summer Tuck Dress in a 3T being modeled with bluebonnets.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Peachy Perfect Dress, McCall's M7079

I made a peachy perfect dress for my daughter AND she really liked it.  My sewing mojo has had a hard time keeping up with her latest fashion desire.  I knew I was headed in the right direction with this pattern.  Almost every tween dress in the stores these days has a basic knit bodice and a gathered/full skirt attached.  The skirt can come in multiple lengths and layers.
Peachy Perfect Dress, McCall's M7079

McCall's M7079, view F, size 12

Bodice:  Peach/White polyester knit 
Skirt top layer:  Peach lace (no stretch)
Skirt bottom layer:  Peach rayon knit
All from Hobby Lobby

Construction Details:
I don't think I opened the instructions.....forgot.
The bodice is self lined with the geo print.  
Sleeves serged in and coverstitched the hem.  
Neckline topstitched.  
Skirts basted together and gathered.  Attached to bodice with clear elastic.
Three rolled hem the lace.

This pattern is THE TWEEN PATTERN OF THE YEAR!!!!!
M7079 with fabric from Hobby Lobby styled with a denim jacket

McCall's M7079

Back view of M7079

Friday, March 6, 2015

Washi Dress and Double Gauze

I am in love with a new fabric.  
Ok, I just love fabric.  
But this fabric is so comfortable, I must purchase more for pajamas.  
I need a whole wardrobe made of this stuff!!!!

Double Gauze from Cotton and Steel.  

Washi Dress and Double Gauze from Cotton and Steel

Wash Dress with Expansion Pack 3/4 length sleeve

Double Gauze Bespoken Line from Cotton and Steel

Fitting Suggestions and alterations:
I added a dart under the bust for a more fitted appearance.  
I also like the look of the gathered skirt versus the pleats.  
The double gauze doesn't hold a crease well (great for pulling out the the closet and wearing.)

This has got to be the most comfortable dress I own.  Perfect fit with elastic at the back!
Fabric that makes you want to sleep in it.

Back view of Washi dress

I had a blast today with a few ladies making their very own Washi dress for the first time.  
This is a great beginner project!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ruffles and Boho Chic

Indigo Ruffle Skirt with graduated layers of ruffles

Washed Black Boho Ruffle Skirt

I have found the grown-up version of the little girl's twirly skirt.  
It is the full Boho ruffle skirt for adults.

Washed black 2" Boho Ruffles from Ruffle fabric.  

Vintage Indigo Crescendo Ruffles from Ruffle fabric

Elastic waistband from Ruffle fabric.

Ruffle Fabric handed out a postcard with pattern directions at the International Quilt Market.  

The skirt sides were serged together.  The waistband was coverstitched on.  
No hem.  Took longer to pin those ruffles in the right direction then to sew.

A cascade of Boho ruffles

RTW jacket with my wonky shoulders doesn't hang straight.  Pictures don't lie.

Indigo cascade of ruffles.

Love my grown-up twirly skirt.