Thursday, 19 July 2012

2 in 1 Sew-a-long Party!

Sunni, is hosting a 2 in 1 Sew-a-long Party, and you would think I would know exactly what to wear!

Today in Winnipeg it is +33 C (91 degrees F) I need something without sleeves. Sew, I brought the dress outdoors for some quick photos under the apricot tree.

Now, what is a party without refreshments. I have brought and am pouring myself a glass of Sangrai, would you like one?

I found this recipe over here. Now, I'm not a fan of the heat (I know, I'm weird that way). So I'm using fruit that I have on hand, so that I don't have to make a trip to the grocery store. And well, I do have some delicious fresh figs just sitting here.

Oh, first I think I should raise my glass to our talented host.

Thanks Sunni for all the hard work and amazing job on the sew-a-long. The links and helpful hints were great. And thank you for suggesting Simplicity 1880. I would not in a million years pick this pattern on my own. I'm so glad that you found this pattern for the sew-a-long. The bodice is full of delicious details and I'm so pleased with my new dress. And you made my first sew-a-long a fun experience. Cheers!

Details on my dress:

  • I was torn whether or not the Simplicity 1880 dress would look good on my frame. Don't get me wrong, I think the style is cute but I don't have a Kate Middleton figure to pull it off. I have hips. I picked up the pattern and let it sit on the sewing table while I searched through my pattern drawer for other shirt dress patterns in my collection, questioning if I was crazy to participate.    
  • Crazy not to was more like it. I came to my senses and put my figure fears to rest with a compromise. Since I love the bodice of the Simplicity 1880 pattern and the part that held me back was the skirt, I thought to merge the top half of this pattern with the bottom half of another pattern.  
  • Project Runway meet Fashion Star.  
  • I recently made McCall's 6886 and my favourite part of the dress was the fit of the skirt. It turned out to be a match made in heaven! The pleat in the centre front of the skirt put my fitting issues to ease.  
  • I omitted the side zipper. With the front buttoned bodice, I have no problem slipping in and out of the dress.  






Well, enough about my dress. I'm off to mingle and check out everyone else's shirt dresses loveliness. 






8 comments:

  1. Your dress is beautiful. What a gorgeous print. I love it!!

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  2. It's wonderful and I adore the fabric choice! How wonderfully novel!

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  3. Gorgeous! Love the fabric.

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  4. Beautiful dress and cool fabric ! I love it .

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  5. Uh!!! Total sleeve envy- prepare to be copied, ma'am!

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    1. I love the pin-tuck detail on the sleeve too!

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  6. Lovely!! My next version needs to have that sleeve. Your fabric is super fun.

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  7. Thanks for all the lovely comments! I found the fabric in the quilting fabric section at a store called Fabricland. They have the same print with a green background too.

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