Summer Wrap Dress

In my opinion, every summer deserves at least one wrap dress. Here’s this summer’s version. It’s a simple yet gorgeous green number. It was very easy to sew up and I’m pleased with my new closet addition.

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I used the V9251 pattern to achieve this look. I didn’t really have any issues with project. Below is the review of the pattern.

Vogue 9251

Pattern Description: 
Wrap fitted dress with side ties, sleeve, and length variations.

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Pattern Sizing:
Misses Size 12. View A.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The neckline is a little too low. As you can see in the photo’s I had to wear a tank top underneath.

Fabric Used:
Polyester

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made this dress about 6 inches shorter and it still was a little longer than I’d prefer.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would but I’ll need to figure out how to raise the neckline without messing up the fit of the bodice

Conclusion: 
Overall, it’s a great pattern. Very easy to sew up and a great addition to your closet. Watch out for the neckline though.

I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I’m pleased with the dress.

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Sylvia

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The Limeade Dress

This dress is proof of the constant inspiration and support I get from my Instagram sewing community.

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Last week, I watched Rachel from Maker Style attempting to hack one of the gorgeous new patterns by Paper Cut Patterns. Watching her (via IG stories) make her version of a drop shoulder knit top with a ruffled sleeve made me want to make one too but the thought of making anything with knit/stretchy fabrics intimidated me.

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I had tried sewing with stretchy fabrics in the past and my sewing machine had made it clear to me it did not approve of me using that type of fabric. For some reason, I sent Rachel a message and told her how much I wish I could make one of these. She was so sweet and sent a long message back explaining how to go about it and made sound like it was the simplest thing to make.

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Clearly, I took up the challenge and grabbed this gorgoeus knit from my fabric stash. I have had this fabric for over a year and had enough to make a dress instead of a top so why not? I used Burda 6721 to help with the basic shape of the dress and cut out two rectangluar pieces for the ruffle sleeve. I initially wanted to make a drop shoulder but forgot to do that when I cut the fabric.

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I’m so happy I took up this challenge. This dress is far from perfect (you do not want to see the inside of the dress haha!) but I regret nothing. I appreciate all the support and inspiration Instagram and the social media platforms provide. I must admit I still have a long way to go when it comes with sewing with knits (can you spot the unfinished neckline? hehe). I made a limeade dress and I love it! I hope you do too 🙂

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The Butterfly Dress (V9021)

It feels so good when a dress comes together quickly and beautifully. This was the case with this Vogue 9021 pattern. I fell in love immediately this dress was done and knew I made a good choice. It is a fitted dress with front and back extending into sleeves, has low armholes, a back zipper, and a hemline slit; I simply call it the butterfly dress.

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I wasn’t entirely sure about this pattern initially because the pattern did not have a model showing off the dress. It only had a drawing which I usually don’t like because I feel it doesn’t show off the fit on an actual person but after making this dress, I can vouch that it looks exactly like the pattern drawing.

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I used a thrifted fabric so I’m not sure but I suspect it’s some form of a suiting fabric. Thanks to my wider hips, I had to grade a couple of sizes bigger than the bodice size. I didn’t make any other alterations. Once I posted this dress on my Instagram page, I got a lot of questions about the underarm coverage. Now that I have tried it on and worn it to work (it was such a hit at work), I can give some feedback on that issue.

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The pattern has quite the exposure in the underarm area (pictured below). The exposed underarm means every time you lift your arm, you will be flashing your bra. I personally do not mind this feature (I actually love this, especially with the summer weather). But for those who have an issue with this, wearing a cami or slip is a way to resolve that issue. If you are like me, wear your prettiest bra and you’re good to go! I personally think this pattern is too pretty for that to stop anyone from making it.

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This is a great pattern for all levels, from beginners to experts sewers. The instructions have been written very well, making it easy to follow and doesn’t need any complex sewing skills. It’s basically making darts, sewing seams, and inserting a zipper. It can’t get any easier than that!

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I think this is a great pattern for everyone. It has a great fit and silhouette. This is now a valuable pattern in my sewing stash. I hope you enjoyed my review of this pattern.

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Spring Ruffles (McCall’s 7566)

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Ruffles are definitely getting some attention this year and with the weather getting warmer, I had to celebrate by making this gorgeous fit and flare ruffle dress. I am obsessed with dresses, and McCalls 7566 just made my list of great dress patterns. I made View A of this pattern, which has a fit and flare fit with a ruffled V neckline.

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I’ll be writing a blog for Fabricville with more details about the fabric and pattern used in this project so stay tuned for that.

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Thank you for the fabric and notions, Fabricville!

 

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Blue Skies, Blue Dress

Have you ever loved a clothing item so much that you wished you had a hundred of them? That was the way I felt when I bought the most comfortable sleeveless shift dress from a local thrift store last year. So of course, I proceeded to make a new one (with sleeves) last weekend because I can! 🙂

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It turned out great! However, on my next shift dress, I’ll need to figure out how to get a better fit in the neckline area. I paired it with a simple sleeveless black vest which showed off those gorgeous sleeves. It was a beautiful day so there was no need to wear a jacket.

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The original dress I copied this from (not pictured) is sleeveless but I decided to add some trendy sleeves to this one because why not? I’m actually working on another one right now with different sleeves.

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The fabric I used for this project is a linen viscose. This was my first time using this type of fabric but it will definitely not be my last. I loved working with it and I love the way it holds it’s shape without being overly stiff either. The print is also gorgeous and says spring without screaming spring (get it?)

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Spring Shift (DIY Dress)

It’s so refreshing to start making spring projects so this time, I decided to make a simple yet trendy spring dress.

Off-the-shoulder Dress – check!

Cute Sleeves – check!

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I decided to make McCalls 7543 which is an off-the-shoulder dress with elastic shoulders, split-and-tie sleeves, and a shaped hemline. I made it in this gorgeous 100% rayon fabric.

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I paired this dress with these cute strappy, mustard heels. Wearing it with heels definitely elevates this simple dress.

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McCalls 7543 Review

Pattern Description: 
Pullover tops, tunic and dress have elastic on shoulders and sleeve variations. A: Straps. C: Shaped hemline.

Pattern Sizing:
Regular. Size 12. View C

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

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Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy to follow

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Roling the edge of the sleeves was so difficult due the curves. Next time, I will serge and fold over just once.

Fabric Used:
Rayon

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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not add the pockets

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Working on my second. This time, a top version

Conclusion: 
This is a great pattern for everyone and a great addition for the spring time

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The Power Outfit

It’s been a while since I used African print to make any projects. Well, that changes now because my new addition to my closet happens to be an African print dress I made using Butterick 5982. I paired my new handmade dress with my handmade cascading coat (Butterick 6244) and got this Power Outfit.

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This dress pattern was one of the first patterns I bought when I decided to dive into sewing.  I usually only wear one piece of handmade clothing so I felt amazing when I could pair two handmade clothing in the same outfit!

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Since I have reviews on both patterns from previous posts, I will not be writing another. Here are the reviews about the Butterick dress and coat.

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I’m planning more projects with African print fabrics and I’m so excited to work with such fun fabrics!

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Ashley Kimono Dress

The newest addition to my closet is this Ashley Kimono dress that I had the opportunity to test for On the cutting floor.

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I love the fabric and how comfortable the style of the dress is. This was officially my last make of the summer.

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I’m currently working on my fall closet. Can’t wait to show them off! Follow me on Instagram to get more frequent updates on my makes.

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Channeling my Inner Barbie

Today, the Connie dress pattern is helping me soak the last bits of summer while channeling my inner Barbie. Of course in the process of making this simple yet glamorous dress, I had the opportunity to work with boning for the first time. Another first this year 🙂

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I honestly fell in love with this pattern even before I printed it out. The PDF pattern is only about 16 pages which means less cutting for me. The instructions were clear and straightforward, and there’s a video sew-a-along with this pattern. How great is that?

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Items Needed for the Connie Dress:

  • Connie Dress Pattern
  • 2 yards of fabric
  • 16″ invisible zipper
  • 1/4″ boning
  • Coordinating thread & Scissors

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When I put this dress on, I felt like a doll! It’s so cute and perfect for so many occasions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fancy, fun project or a dress for an upcoming event. I love it!

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Maxi Love

And the year of firsts continues! This time, I made my first maxi shirt dress and I must say it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Who decides to make a button down dress, with a back pleated self-lined yoke, mandarin collar, elastic waist, side pockets, and a narrow hem on three first attempt? (this girl!)

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This process was definitely a labor of love for me. It took me a while mainly because I can only sew at night now but for someone who enjoys quick projects, this was tedious in a good way.

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The wind was ever so in my favor for this photoshoot! I love how it made the dress look and I hope you do too.

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REVIEW: McCall’s 7242 (View C)

Pattern Description: 
Loose-fitting dresses have mandarin collar, blouson bodice, back pleated into self-lined yoke, elastic waist, side pockets, and narrow hem. View C

Pattern Sizing:
Size 14 (Should have cut 12)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were easy enough to follow.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love that it had pockets and the mandarin collar!

Fabric Used:
Polyester

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to shorten the skirt because i’m not the tallest person but that was pretty much it. Followed this pattern to a tee

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

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Conclusion: 
This is definitely not a beginner project but it is a fun project for intermediate and advanced makers. I enjoyed the process of making it and would recommend it in a heartbeat!

Sylvia

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