Summer (Wrap-up) Dress

I'm always on the hunt for a comfortable, cute, easy to wear dress. While roaming through JoAnn's in June, I came across a multi-colored chevron knit.  I took one look and wondered could I really wear this much color at once?! Lol, anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE color! 
I knew I had a wrap dress pattern at home so off I went. I used Butterick B5862, but with my own modifications. I don't like wraps that don't go around the body. Why have the back of the dress have no detail or even look like a wrap? 

This is the front and back view of the original dress from the pattern. 

My changes were to not have the loop in the front holding the wrapped front piece, shorten the sleeves slightly, and speaking of the front wrapped piece, I wanted it to go all the way around my front and side, I added two long darts in the back and had the wrap go into one, so it wrapped from the left side in the front all the way around to the right and back. 

I did take out the original gathering at the neckline and folded it under to make a smoother shoulder and  interesting folds with the v neck. 

The gathered wrap piece at my waist goes right into the side dart shown here. 

Neckline detail, I love how it's slightly asymmetrical and I can adjust the cinch around the waist and how deep the v of the neck can be. The print is awesome!!!

 It feels like a t-shirt and I've already worn it several times. New fave summer dress! What is yours? What summer sewing have you done? 

Summer Sheath

Enjoying the dog days of summer. I wanted to share one of my favorite summer dresses. I friend of mine a few years ago bought me a sari on her trip to india and I loved the color and print! There was so much fabric that I wanted to make a dress that I would wear more often than the sari style. I used  McCall's Pattern #M5753

  The color and print were so bright and busy, I wanted a simple style. This fit well, but I did have to add princess seams on the bodice since I'm not as big as I thought (I didn't measure myself, oops!) Also I added 2 more inches for the skirt, I wanted it longer.

My lil' man wanted to pose with me and show off his new tie I made him.

Shower curtain to dress!

I love finding something that speaks to me, that is a great color, or fun print, and this one was no exception...But of all places the fabric I found wasn't in a fabric store! I love finding material at thrift stores, yard sales, clearance sections of stores, and this piece was in a clearance section of Bed Bath &Beyond. Yup it was a shower curtain! My first thought was heck yes! The perfect summer time dress, I could wear it at the beach, the pool, running around and if I happen to get wet, it's a shower curtain!!!

Fashion sewing....Revision

The wardrobe Architect is a blog that I enjoy reading, she works on revising, restyling and helping you find your style. I have been reading through her website, the link is here
This is what she wrote regarding her mission and goals
 "You and I are builders. We love to construct things and to use our hands. We enjoy the focus and the flow of creation. And most of all, we like the sense of accomplishment we feel when our sewing projects are finished.
But one thing I’ve learned from many aspects of my life is that design is just as important as implementation.
I use the term “design” loosely. Really what I mean is planning. Whether you are building a complex piece of software over several years or tiling your bathroom floor, the more time you spend thinking about how you want to do it, the better the result and the less time wasted in the end.
But lately, I’ve been feeling that my wardrobe – the thing I spend so much time building for the sheer fun of it – is created a bit haphazardly. Yes, I definitely think about what my style is, whether I need something, and whether I’ll wear it. I know generally what colors I like and what shapes suit me.
But just as often, I sew something just because I like it or the fabric is pretty. And that’s fine. But when the majority of what you’re sewing (or buying) isn’t really planned in the context of a wardrobe, you do end up with a few problems.


  • You acquire things you don’t use.
  • You feel regret over purchases, whether it’s fabric you’ll never use or a blouse bought because it was on clearance.
  • You tend to buy quantity over quality more than you’d like.
  • You buy things that are “close enough.”
  • You don’t have a chance to think very deeply about your purchases, like the environmental or ethical impact.
  • When buying fabric, you go for the bright and shiny instead of the fabrics you really like to wear.
  • You make clothes that don’t really fit your life well (another party dress?)
  • You have an overwhelmingly long list of sewing projects you want to make and no idea of how to prioritize them. This can actually be kind of stressful for me.
  • You feel like your wardrobe is all over the place.
  • You don’t know how to put outfits together from what you have, so you keep acquiring more instead.
  • That’s a big pile of issues. Do any of these ring true for you? I know they do for me, some more than others."

I  hope some of you can try this and we together can see what works and doesn't for each of us. We're all in different stages in life and I'm really feeling a make-over/transition coming! I look forward to whatever the future brings! 

My brief disclaimer

I have had several interested people in having a skirt or dress made, I need to state this right now in case you didn't know....I don't work for free! So don't contact me asking for a free item, or when I give you a quote, you want to haggle, my time is valuable.
There, that needed to be said so I am perfectly understood.
I also need to say, I'm not a good sales person, I'm still learning how to market myself, my clothes and services, so be patient with me. If you see something you like and would want made, contact me. I'll try and pay info for items that are currently for sale, or can be custom made.

Day 31 through 33. Skirt challenge

First off, if you haven't noticed, this is several days late....
Over the weekend one of my grandmas died, and with several graduation parties, and weddings, I haven't had enough time to post and finish the challenge!
So here I am. On day 31& 32 I didn't even take any photos. But day 33, father's day Sunday, I was ready! The cobalt and white, midi length silk skirt was originally going to be a dress. I bought the silk at the sewing expo, and I only bought 2 yards, I should have bought 10.
I added pleats, and hidden pockets in the front pleats. I love how nice it came out, prefect for our vacation to seaside in a few weeks!
I have enjoyed this challenge, and the comments, tips and feedback. I think I will try again next year, but plan ahead to offer some skirt sales. So definitely let me know if you want any skirts that you have seen from this challenge.
Have a great summer, and I would love to know what you loved or didn't!

Day 30, skirt challenge

Day 30. It was my youngest's birthday....So naturally I was more focused on him, then my posting!
For his special day I made a bias midi length skirt our of a tribal stripe. I both this at the sewing expo back in February. I originally was going to make a dress, but since three print is pretty busy and bright, I thought with a skirt I would get more wear our of it.
I love the colors and by making this pub the bias it's drapes and moves beautifully. I didn't plan for the front to match up like it did, in the photo the print almost looks like zebra!....purple zebra, why not?!