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. 

Bows on Everything!

New dress! The star of this dress is the ribbon bow, but we’ll get to that momentarily 😉. This dress is a mix of several different patterns:

  • The bodice is essentially the basic bodice from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book with a lowered and widened neckline. Two inches of width are added to the waist to account for some wonky pattern sizing. I also made it a V back. 

  • I changed the bodice from having sew in sleeves to cut on sleeves. I used the basic shape of B5880‘s kimono sleeves.

  • The skirt is the pencil skirt from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book with a kick pleat instead of a split. 
  • The fabric is Michael Miller’s “Argyle Me” in graphite. 

After the dress was complete it still needed something special. I put it on my dress form and free pinned grosgrain ribbon into a bow shape near the neckline, top stitched it on, and voila:

Now I want to put ribbon bows on everything I own! 🎀

I 💜 Big Florals and I Cannot Lie!

New dress! I participated in a sew along on Facebook for McCall’s 7081 and finished it up about a week ago. 

The pattern is pretty straightforward, but there are some interesting sewing details and a collar with a stand. 

I did two muslins go get the bodice to fit correctly. 

Muslin #1:

The waist was too big and in general everything fit loosely. The sleeve was also so small I couldn’t even get the muslin on with it attached. I went down a size for the whole bodice and did a full arm adjustment on the sleeve. There was a lot of fabric pooling at my lower back so I also did a sway back adjustment. I compared the newly adjusted bodice piece to a bodice that fits me well and the length was very similar so I knew I was on the right track. 

Muslin #2:

The whole bodice fit closer to my body and the waist was nice and snug. The adjusted sleeve fit well and the back pooling was gone. The only remaining issue was the length of the shoulder (which is obvious in the picture of muslin #2 above). I have sloping shoulders, but I also have a big gripe with pattern manufacturers grading patterns into plus sizes without considering what plus size bodies really look like. Just because my dress size is larger, doesn’t mean that I magically develop linebacker shoulders… 

Anywhoo. The dress is made out of floral Gertie cotton sateen and purple Kona Cotton. Both from Joanns.  Other than the fit adjustments listed above, I added in-seam pockets (duh) and moved the zipper to the back (also duh because side zipper+boobs=a pain). 

Hemming circle skirts are a pain, but look at this glorious skirt sweep!

Me Made May 2016: Week 4

May 22, 2016: Reason number 457,825 why sewing is awesome…I decided I wanted black denim pedal pushers yesterday so I made them!
May 24, 2916: b6217 in atomic print Swiss dot. Worn with RTW cigarette pants, b.a.i.t. Selena flats, and a vintage walrus brooch.

May 25, 2016: Light blue eyelet blouse. I think this is a highly modified Bow-Tied Blouse from Gertie’s book, but it’s from years ago…so who knows! Worn with a vintage bracelet and stick pin.

May 26, 2016: Atomic wiggle dress! This pattern is from Gertie’s first book made up in a brown atomic print cotton. Worn with b.a.i.t. Heiress pumps, a vintage Lisner bracelet (so sparkly in real life 💎!) and a vintage dress clip.

May 27, 2016: Navy sailor dress (see what I did there!). B5747 in a navy blue linen/rayon blend.

Me Made May 2016: Week 3

May 15, 2016: Another Portrait Blouse…in orange this time. Sorry about the wrinkles, but this is real life 👍.
May 17, 2016: Red wiggle dress! I have a blog post about the inspiration and construction of this dress. One of my little helpers made a guest appearance 😉.

May 18, 2016: Portrait Blouse in Robert Kaufman Stargazers 100% cotton. So this top turned out a little nuts… I used red bias binding to finish all the hems then decided to add a crazy pocket.

May 19, 2017: Polka dot Mimi Blouse. Worn with b.a.i.t. Harlan pumps and a vintage red stone brooch which looks handmade.

May 20, 2016: I’m crazy for border prints! The pattern is from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book and is made in a Gertie designed cotton sateen border print. Worn with a vintage Coro brooch, a vintage bracelet, and b.a.i.t. Selena flats.

Me Made May 2016: Week 2

May 9, 2016: Life with Dachshunds…I mean…a new Portrait Blouse. In 100% cotton cherry blossom print. Worn with a vintage Coro brooch.

May 10, 2016: Simplicity 2154 pencil skirt. This is one my most simple and most often worn makes! It’s made of some weird stretch purple bengaline and I added pockets (of course!). Worn with a deco style brooch and grey b.a.i.t. Harrow oxfords.

May 11, 2016: Another shirtdress…I love ’em💗! The pattern is from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and is made of a highly textured linen blend. Worn with a super cute vintage dachshund brooch. Woof.

May 12, 2016: Orange denim pencil skirt…in mirrored fancy-ness! The pattern is from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing.