WORK-APPROPRIATE SECRET PAJAMAS!: ONE DRESS, THREE WAYS

This post originally appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog. Fabric for the dress below was provided by Cali Fabrics. 

 

Despite loving the style of sheath dresses, I tend to wear them only on business formal days because they’re so uncomfortable. Enter the Lodo dress – comfortable enough to wear any time of the day or night.
The Lodo is a sheath dress made from a stable knit. It features subtle sleeves, a v-neck, and two length options. The best thing about this dress – other than its ease of wear-  is the ease of construction. There are 3 main pieces + 4 woven facing pieces. No darts or otherwise complicated bits. The only complication might be figuring out which view to make.
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This is made out of  Navy Blue 4-way Stretch Heavy Ponte De Roma Navy Blue 4-way Stretch Heavy Ponte De Roma   and some chambray scraps from my Alex shirt dress last fall. I love that the Lodo has woven facings – a great way to add small pops of color inside and to use up scraps.

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Tried and True Sewing?

A version of this post originally appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog. The fabrics were provided by Cali Fabrics. 

I wrote last week about my new favorite #tnt pattern, Simplicity 2444. This led me to think about tried and true patterns vs new patterns.

In my mind, there are two types of sewists – those who enjoy the constant challenge of new patterns and those that enjoy sewing tried and true patterns over and over again. There are pros and cons to each –

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My new #TNT dress – Simplicity 2444

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I fell in love with a new pattern – Simplicity 2444! It is a great basic bodice/full skirt pattern. It was part of the Project Runway collaboration so there are several variations so you can “design” your own dress. I always find those variations funny because most of them are things that anyone could do with a little pattern hacking but for those who don’t feel comfortable doing hacking, they are nice.

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Me Made May 2018 : Week 2

Day 7:

Rae Skirt by Sewaholic Patterns in rayon challis from Cali Fabrics

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Day 8:

Emery Dress by Christine Haynes in quilting cotton from JoAnn’s.

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Day 9:

Alex Shirtdress by Sew Over It in rayon challis by Rifle Paper Co bought at Finch Sewing Studio.

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Day 10:

McCalls 7081 shirtdress in quilting cotton. This was the first dress I ever made and I am so excited that it is still going strong. It’s also the dress I get the most compliments on when I wear it – who would’ve thought?!

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Day 11:

Self-drafted pencil skirt in poppy print stretch sateen from Stylemaker Fabrics. I love having a self-drafted skirt pattern that I can just make in any print I like. It takes about an hour from start to finish – an easy and satisfying make!

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Day 12:

Colfax Dress by True Bias Patterns in pink and white stripe lawn. This dress is so comfortable – I’ve made 6 versions of this pattern. I did note that next time I make it, it really needs to be 2 inches longer. Live and learn.

 

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Reflections:

Taking pictures every day is rough y’all! It has made me think a lot about body image, self-confidence and what it means to share images with the world. Here’s what I posted on instagram on day 12:

Are you sick of my face yet?! This month feels like a marathon of picture taking, something I normally hate. It feels self-indulgent to post pictures of myself, ridiculous even. I keep doing it because I want to participate in the sewing community but y’all- the self-confidence struggle is real!

In the over-exposed world we live in, there is a huge amount of pressure to be perfect all the time. We see beautiful pictures on Instagram, curated vlogs on Youtube and amazing DIYs on Pinterest. What we don’t see are all the fails, the bad days, the terrible makes.

The pressure to share only a highlight reel is so high. But remembering that real life is more precious and beautiful can help.

Have you had any insights now that we are almost half-way done with Me Made May?

Royal Wedding Sewalong – the lemon dress!

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This is the second dress I made for the Royal Wedding Sewalong – I couldn’t stop at just one Royal Wedding dress, a girl has to have options if she is going to meet the queen 😉

See my first dress here. 

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This one is made from another stretch sateen from Stylemaker Fabrics. I have been looking for this fabric for months. Ever since I saw this dress on Pinterest…

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Once I found the fabric on Stylemaker I knew that I could make this dress happen. What followed was a fair bit of pattern hacking. I knew that I wanted to use a current McCalls/Simplicity/Butterick pattern so that I could enter the Royal Wedding contest, but I had no idea which one. It wasn’t until someone in the Curvy Sewing Collective facebook group mentioned using a sloper that a lightbulb went off.

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I ended up using Butterick 5627 as my base. Slopers don’t have any ease by design. They are meant to help you know which pattern adjustments you need to make for that company’s patterns. This meant that I needed to add ease – the only question was where?!

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I consulted the Joan Dress pattern by Sew Over It and my new favorite Simplicity 2444 pattern to see where ease should be added and ended up with the most well-fitting dress I have ever made!

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I added a shoulder bow to mimic the inspiration image by sewing rectangles of fabric together and then looping another piece around them. The bow is detachable in case I ever wanted to wear the dress without it.

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The dress is lined with a lightweight stretch cotton, just like the poppy print dress. Lining with a lighter weight material was the right call for this dress, since the fabric is already fairly thick and this is such a close fitting dress.

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I’m pretty pleased with my finished dress! I know that I will find lots of opportunities to wear it this summer, even if my invite to Harry and Meghan’s wedding did get lost in the mail 😉

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