May 31: Butterick 6451 in a plaid and floral rayon (I thought this was Gertie rayon…but now I’m not so sure…). Worn with Restricted Canada sandals and a vintage rhinestone brooch. This pattern is not quite the pullover dress of my dreams, but it’s close 😊.
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.
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.
May 15: Simplicity 1590. A reissued blouse pattern from the 1940s. Made of navy blue cherry blossom cotton.
May 7: Portrait Blouse + adorable dachshund 🐶
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.
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 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 😖!
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 😉).
This was a super fun, easy make to start 2017!
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.