Sewn : Button Down Midi Dress

Saturday, March 11, 2017


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After seeing this gorgeous dress on Sandra Semburg's blog, I wanted to recreate a similar one. I tried to find similar fabric but I could not for the life of me find any. Seriously I tried, for some reason I had the hardest time. There's lots of ivory satin fabric. There's lots of printed fabric. There is no ivory printed satin fabric! So I compromised and used solid ivory satin from Joann's.

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I love the drape of the fabric but it's a beast to sew with. I don't know if all satin is like this but it frays like crazy and is super slippery. Then it gets really static-y and when you use steam to iron it, it just wrinkles more. Man why do I like it again? Oh ya, it drapes well. haha

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The neckline looks wavy but it doesn't look like that in real life, I'm not sure why but it's driving me crazy. 



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The pattern is Vogue V8577. I left out the skirt pocket, back yoke, and cummerband. I also added cuffed sleeves and used fabric-covered buttons. Then both the skirt and bodice are lined with white lining because the fabric is very see-through.

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The buttons in the front stop mid-thigh to create a front slit, similar to the inspiration dress. However, I may add one more button because it's a bit too revealing for me. ha but I am bummed you can't see the slit at all, because without it, the dress seems to have a 60's house wife vibe and I'm not necessarily loving that.

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I like it! It's super comfy and the fabric is super soft, which always makes a dress 10x better. If I made it again, I'd shorten the sleeves a bit, and add pockets. Not the original pockets on the pattern but just simple side pockets. Then I'd probably also have to make it a different color because I have lots of white dresses at this point. haha but I love them so I probably won't promise that part.  


Pattern: Vogue V8577 with adjustments
Fabric: Casa Sanded Satin in Ivory (Joann's)
Shoes: Red Velvet Mary Jane's (Nordstrom Rack)
Floral Crown: Foxglove Floral

Inspired : White Dotted Lace

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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This is the project I've been working on lately and I'm super excited so I wanted to share the inspiration board. It's mainly based off the top right dress, an H&M dress I fell in love with. This is my first time working with lace applique so we'll see how that works out. 

What are you working on right now? Or for non-sewers, what was the last thing you were excited about? 

Sewn : Black Knit Shirt

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Hi everyone! It's been a while. I made a shirt that I thought I'd blog about. I wish I was coming back with something more exciting, but it's going to be a while before I take pictures of anything because it's cold outside and I'm a wuss. haha, so this will do for now. 


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It's actually the same exact shirt I made for my sister Sadie a while back (posted here), just without the collar. I used Simplicity 6721, and added length and a back zipper. 



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It's a really lightweight knit so it doesn't hold up the heavy metal zipper well, I should have thought that through better. It works ok, but the neckline looks wavy because of the darn zipper. So that's basically driving me crazy.


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I do like it. Truthfully I haven't worn it much but I feel like if I give it some time, I'll forget about the flaws and be more comfortable wearing it. haha


I hope everyone's doing well! What have you been up to this past year? What is the best thing going on in your life and something that could be going better?  And yes, I'm talking to you. Whenever I read blogs, I always assume they're talking to other people but if you're reading this then I'm talking to you. :) 


PatternSimplicity 6721
Fabric: Black Lightweight Sweater Knit from Mood (which I can't link to because it's no longer listed, so here's a similar fabric)

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