Me Made May 2017: Week 4

May 23: Dress inspired by a top worn by Desiree in American Horror Story: Freak Show. The pattern is based on the Wiggle Dress in Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. With lace appliqué on the bodice, exposed zipper, and worn with BareTraps Sanata sandals. 


May 24: Simplicity 2154 blouse made out of a mystery fabric (I’m 99% sure it’s rayon). Worn with a RTW pencil skirt and an Erstwilder dachshund brooch. 


May 25: Portrait Blouse made out of leaf print cotton Swiss dot. Worn with Serene Island Szippy sandals and one of my favorite Austrian rhinestones brooches.


sewingagainstthegrainMay 27: Me Made May AND Phoenix Comicon! Dress from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book (basic bodice, gathered dirndl, and petal sleeve) and Simplicity 1544 men’s shirt. Star Trek TNG fabric from Joann Fabrics.

Me Made May 2017: Week 3

May 15: Simplicity 1590. A reissued blouse pattern from the 1940s. Made of navy blue cherry blossom cotton. 


May 18: Fireworks Dress! Boatneck bodice and side pleated skirt from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book. In a firework print cotton from Joann. Worn with Bamboo Scorpio wedges.


May 20: Another Portrait Blouse(!) from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. This one in navy blue star print cotton. I adjusted the pattern to overlap and close with buttons at the shoulder seams.

Me Made May 2017: Week 2

May 7: Portrait Blouse + adorable dachshund 🐶


May 8: SPACE! Boatneck bodice and half circle skirt from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book in a space print cotton. Worn with vintage Lisner brooch and Serene Island Kimill sandals.


May 9: ’40s Style-Blouse from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual in floral rayon. 

May 11: Simplicity 2154 pencil skirt in a deep purple bengaline from Joann. Worn with a RTW top, Bamboo Cutout Rianna sandals, and a carved plastic bangle. 

Me Made May 2017: Week 1

May 2: Happy May! Simplicity 1717 made out of Marvel Retro Comic Fabric with a RTW t shirt


May 3: Lions and Tigers and…BEARS! Bodice, sleeves, and collar from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book with a gathered dirndl skirt. Made in a fun bear landscape print. Worn with Penny Loves Kenny Nookie flats and one of my favorite vintage rhinestone brooches.


May 4: Collared Portrait Blouse from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing in atomic Swiss dot. Worn with RTW pants and a vintage pearl and rhinestone Coro brooch. 


May 5: Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Basic bodice from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book with a gathered dirndl skirt. I split the cap sleeve from the book into a petal sleeve and used black piping to finish it. Made in lemon print cotton sateen. Sooooo hot in Phoenix today 😖!


May 6: Vogue 8728 made up in a rayon paisley print. With a vintage rhinestone brooch and a dachshund assistant. 

Universal Dress Dreams


When I saw this fabric at Joann’s I knew it needed to be the nerdy dress of my dreams. 


I used the boatneck bodice from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book which I lowered by 3″ and took a 1″ wedge out of (see picture below). The last time I used the boatneck bodice pattern, the neck gaped a little bit. 


The skirt is a 3/4 circle skirt. To accuentuate the midriff pieces on the bodice I added yellow gimp braid trim. I moved the zipper to the side seam to eliminate the need to mattern match the back (that ringed planet is in the perfect place…let’s pretend the placement was intentional 😉). 


Here’s the dress with cardigan and no petticoat: 


And here is with with cardigan and petticoat: 

This was a super fun, easy make to start 2017! 

Ginghamalong + Butterick 6055


Who doesn’t love a gingham, full skirted dress?! When I heard about Karen’s (of Did You Make That?) Ginghamalong I knew B6055 and this fabric were meant to be. 

The fabric is a cherry printed gingham cotton from Joann’s. The pattern is pretty simple, but those pockets stole my heart!


The pockets are hard to see on this wild print, but are still charming. Instead of a fabric bow at the top of the pocket I used some black grosgrain ribbon. I usually make a bodice muslin for any new dress pattern, but I went rogue this time. Other than the sleeves being a tiny bit tight, it turned out ok. The collar construction was a little bit of a pain and the pattern calls for a huge (read: annoying) facing. I likely won’t make this pattern again, but it is such a good fit for this fabric so I’m happy with the end result.