Sew Caroline--Vintage Summer
I was sew inspired by this Pat Bravo print from her Carnaby Street line for Art Gallery Fabrics that I knew I needed to make something from it. It has a bit of a vintage feel, so I went with it, y'all. I think it was the perfect fabric choice for this week's theme! This dress makes me want to jump on an old-fashioned bicycle with a cute little basket and ride around town to run my errands!! I. Am. Obsessed. Also, who doesn't love a good Dr. Pepper out of a bottle with a paper straw?! ;)
I took the basic design of the Jamie Dress by Sis Boom and increased the neckline to make it a high-necked dress. Instead of straps, I made a casing & tie around the neckline. I extended the sashing around the waistline to tie into a bow in the back and I made the skirt fuller than called for. I have never really self-drafted anything, so this is as close as it comes for me!
Head over to Sew Caroline for more photos of this Vintage Summer look!
Dresses and skirts are my very favorite things to wear in the summer. I knew I wanted my sundress to be comfortable and easy to wear, flattering and feminine. I needed easy to play with the kids and easy to pack for the weekend. Something I’d reach for all summer long. I started with cool and light jersey knit and a vintage lingerie pattern, Butterick 6288. The pattern has a fabulous long, full slip and I stuck pretty close to the design in making my dress. I love the flattering, simple silhouette. I used bleach to tie dye and paint a stylized sun at the lower right of the dress’ skirt. I also used bleach on the bias strips that became the straps and trim along the top bodice of the dress. Then I made a simple layering tee to go along with the dress.
The tee has rolled hems for all finished edges at the neck, sleeves, and hemline, resulting in a lettuce-leaf effect on the thin knit fabric. I self-drafted the tee, making it as simple as possible. The sleeves are an extension of the shoulders, all one piece, in a dolman style.
I had originally planned on using various colors of dye on the dress’ sun. But I loved the contrasting salmon color the grey turned into with the bleach, and decided to keep my focus on just the two contrasting colors. I took that contrast up to the top of the dress with bias tape that trims the top of the bodice, and extends to become the straps of the dress. The bias tape/extending straps were one of the only changes I made to the pattern. The bodice is fully lined so keeps its shape nicely, but being out of the jersey knit, is still comfortable and easy to wear. Structure without the fuss. The perfect summer dress, with a little Solar Flare!
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Whenever I think of Sundresses I think of something fun and whimsical, with just a hint of appeal. I think of garden parties, afternoon strolls on the beach, or walking through fields of flowers. Sundresses are a timeless classic that everyone can wear, from young children to mothers alike, and I loved the challenge of creating a new look for myself. Inspired by Lotta Jansdotter's Premier fabric Collection Deep Indigo ”Ruta”, the print manages to be geometrical yet playful at the same time. And there is nothing I love more color-wise in the Summer than pairing navy with green.
For the bodice I used the Burda cap sleeve dress found here, with major alterations. Bringing up the neckline, adding pleats, shortening the waist, bringing down the side seams, altering the shoulder seams, and of course completely cutting up the back. I wanted to add a fun bubble skirt - which traditionally isn't found on adult dresses. But I loved the extra flair it gave to an otherwise open back, and by giving the bubble bottom a twist it added a tiny level of sophistication. Lastly I made the button shoulder seam overlap and look off-kilter with the other shoulder, which plays in nicely with the playfulness of the dress fabric.
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Four Square Walls--Bloomin' Cotton
Nothing says "sundress" like florals and spaghetti straps, eh? I don't think I've heard the phrase "spaghetti strap" since high school so I don't know if that's even proper fashion terminology anymore. My straps aren't cylindrical like spaghetti anyway -- they're folded over flat and topstitched, so they're more like fettucini straps. Anyway! Pasta talk aside, here is my new sundress, made from vintage red floral cotton I received as a gift. I don't often wear florals, but my boyfriend convinced me that this fabric was beautiful and deserved to be used for this challenge. I continued to be skeptical while working on it, but now that it's done I'm quite fond of it. The print seems a little busy for the pintucked bodice but the detail is more effective in real life.
four square walls!
Cirque du Bebe--Let's Pretend It's Spring
Greetings Springlings! It's coming into winter here in Oz but I'm ignoring it for now so this week's theme suited just fine! Though, my lips were actually blue underneath the pink. As soon as it starts to warm up I find myself reaching for loose, easy-wearing dresses. And especially ones with insulation properties like giant kimono sleeves. I recently made my first version of Victory Patterns 'Satsuki' dress and loved the floaty feminine goodness. Imagine all the comfort of a sack dress, without the sack. Thanks to a waist tie. I chose it as my sundress base pattern for all the crazy mods I had in mind, one of my fav trends at the moment being anything geometric. This sickly sweet silk floral was crying out for triangle cut out's in the front (like a sunbeam, no?) and triangle lattice in the back. Too many triangles? Never!
As for bringing my plan to fruition...no clue. To construct the front, I thought I should start by re-drafting the neckline, and changed it from a V-neck to a round neck in the process. The original pattern calls for front and back neckline facings and I really love the finish so I re-drafted both facings to include the cut-outs in the front and the big V in the back. That was a first. To construct the lattice, I cut the pieces on the grain not the bias, since they needed to be stiff enough to hold still. As for assembling...I've never attempted anything like it. Hours of fiddling and 'what the's' followed by 'oh der's' and unpicking. To bind the neckline, I made bias binding for the front but regular no-stretch binding for the back after I discovered that stretch bias didn't hold up the back lattice. It flopped! Binding a neckline with one stretch and one woven binding is something I hope never to deal with again. But it all came together how I imagined so I'll quit complaining, it was worth it in the end!
Want to know more about the process? Visit Cirque du Bebe!