Ray of Sunshine (DIY Shift Dress)

It’s only right that I add my ray of sunshine to these gorgeous summer days before the season is over.

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I made this simple shift dress using Burda 6721 and added lace sleeves just to make it different from the other shift dresses in my closet. I am pleased with the results.

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Since I have made multiple dresses with this pattern, I will not be going into any details. A review of B6721 can be found in my previous post here.

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Below are a couple of the other dresses I have made and blogged about in the past using  this easy pattern.

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FANCY SUMMER NIGHT WITH VOGUE 1531

If you are looking for a sexy yet classy look for a summer night outing, look no further! Vogue 1531 and this amazing stretch satin will make your occasion that much better.

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The Pattern:

Vogue 1531 is a close-fitting, lined dress that has a deep cowl, front princess seams on the bodice, and an open back. The deep cowl can be draped as desired and the open back is perfect for summer nights. The recommended fabrics for this pattern include will crepe, ponte knit, and crepe back satin. Basically, fabrics that have a good drape will work great. I personally would not recommend fabrics with too much stretch such as jersey knit as you want to keep the structure of the dress.

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The Fabric:

I used a gorgeous red stretch satin from Fabricville. This fabric has a lustrous sheen that gives the dress an even more sophisticated look. Who doesn’t want that? It drapes beautifully and feels great on the skin. I used it as the lining as well. It is important to be patient with this fabric when sewing to avoid any puckering. You can check out different colors of the stretch satin right here.

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The Process:

The pattern instructions were generally easy to follow except for the steps for attaching the lining to the main dress. Due to the cowl feature, it was tricky to attach the lining as instructed so I ignored the instructions (step 42 to 48) and did it my way. My way – attach lining right sides together by stitching armholes and back edges, under stitch, turn lining to inside, and slipstitch the cowl area.

I also chose to self line the cowl instead of using bias binding as instructed because I think it is a much cleaner finish. I ignored the instructions for a drawstring as well as I did not think I needed it on my dress.

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Final Tips:

Do not forget the wrong side of the cowl will show (unless you self-line it like I did) so it is important to consider this when choosing a fabric.

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Don’t be like me. Finish the back with a hook and eye as it gives it a more polished look. I will be adding that once I buy some on my next visit to the fabric store.

Let me know if you have tried this pattern or fabric or if you have any questions.

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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.

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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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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!

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Bringing Sexy Back

This week, I’m channeling my inner Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back with the help of McCalls pattern 6751. This pattern is literally the easiest project with the most chic look and has the best variations. It takes less than an hour to complete once you get the hang of it. I have made three tops using Version A and B so far. I’ll definitely be trying the other versions as well.

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I love that the style of this top screams summer! Of course the choice of fabric helps. I feel I can make this look like a fall outfit with the right fabric. I’ll definitely be trying this theory out during fall.

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McCall’s 6751 REVIEW

Pattern Description: 
Misses Top with loose-fitting, pullover tops with backline variations

Pattern Sizing:
Medium

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Exactly like it (if not better)!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy. This is one of the easiest patterns I’ve ever used

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the back variations of the tops (View A & B) and the variations of the views

Fabric Used:
Polyester

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None. (Although I used french seams instead of regular seam or serger)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’ve already made three tops in view A & B and making another for my birthday outfit.

Conclusion: 
Love it! Great choice for beginners and awesome wardrobe builder for intermediate sewers.

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Fun Dress, Shirt Dress!

This year has been full of firsts, from making baby clothes to button up tops. Up next? Shirt dresses! I just tried making a shirt dress for the first time and I am in love with this project. It was my slowest sew of the year (so far) but I actually enjoyed taking my time.

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It was a great shift from the ‘easy projects’ that I’m used. I used McCalls pattern 6891. This pattern is definitely on my top pattern list. Enjoy the pattern review below.

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McCall’s 6891 REVIEW

Pattern Description: 
Easy dress with collar, semi-fitted bodice and narrow hem

Pattern Sizing:
I used size 12

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?
On a scale of 1 – 10 i’ll give the instructions an 8. I took me a few takes to get the collar right but it wasn’t terribly difficult once I figured it out

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The skirt part. This was my first time sewing a half circle skirt. I can’t believe it took me this long. Love it!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No. I usually like my dresses and skirts above my knee but this length was perfect for this dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely! It’s a great addition to my wardrobe and wouldn’t mind having it in a few different colors and fabrics.

Conclusion: 
I highly recommend it to any beginner/intermediate sewer looking for a challenge. It’s an easy sew for an advanced person.

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Green Goddess

My first attempt at anything close to a fancy looking dress has been complete thanks to the help of the Sarah Dress pattern by On the Cutting Floor. It’s 50% off till Tuesday!

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No zippers, buttons, or hooks which makes this super easy. It’s interesting how a simple does pattern can look cool in the right fabric.

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The cool thing about the pattern is that there are 24 variations. Yup! 24! I still can’t wrap my head around it but I am very pleased with it because I can try different variations with different fabrics and get totally different results.

Pattern: The Sarah Dress/Top

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The Aster Top

This was my first time trying out a pattern by Colette Patterns and it definitely won’t be my last. This pattern gave me the neatest seams and finish I have ever had on any clothing I have made in the last couple of years. I could literally wear it inside out.

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First of all, the packaging of the pattern is to die for and the instructions are very well written. Colette patterns also has step-by-step tutorials on their blog to make it even easier to make this top.

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I chose a classic gingham fabric for this project and could not be happier with the results. I have been searching for a great top pattern to help me build and diversify my wardrobe and I think I found the one.

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Refashion: Like a Boss

It’s been a while since I did a refashion project so I was excited when the owner of The Abbey Vintage asked me to refashion a mumu for her shop. I love this fabric so much and i’m pleased with the results. Can’t wait to do more of these kind of projects. Hope you love it as much as I do. The “before” photo is at the end of this post. Have a great day everyone!

Model: Alisha (The Abbey Vintage)

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The Cold Shoulder

I’m back at it again with the off-the-shoulder trend but this time, I have the gorgeous owner of The Abbey Vintage modeling the dress I made. It’s quite refreshing to see someone else wear my handmade items. I love this style so much that it was a no-brainer to make it into a dress as well. Enjoy your weekend everybody!

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