Tuesday, April 30, 2013

101st post and a new dress for me!

The boys were a bit too quiet this evening after dinner and I came upstairs to find my youngest using my serger spools as building blocks.  "A GIGANTIC spider web, Mommy!"  There are definitely worse things to get into in the sewing room, so we're good with thread! 
During Kid's Clothes Week, I started to cut out a dress for myself, but set it aside.  The fabric was bought years ago, and it's some kind of lightweight linen blend from Joann's.  The pattern is an old Vogue 7871, probably bought when I was in college, but I wanted to try it out because it was simple, looked to be flattering and might be amenable to knit fabric. 
It's crazy--if I followed the sizing based on my measurements, I would be a 10 bust grading up to a 12 at the waist, but so much ease is built into patterns that I usually go down one or two sizes.  This time, using the garment measurements, I cut a size 6 and made the petite adjustments.  It fits perfectly!  And because all dresses need pockets, I drafted side seam pockets. 
It's great putting on clothing and seeing hidden details inside, so I added some butter yellow bias tape along the edge of the neck facing.  It's the little things in life :)
The pattern is lovely; perfect for a simple summer dress.   With Dolman sleeves and few pieces, it is quick to make and very comfortable.  I'm excited to try it out with some knit fabric!
Today marks my 101st post (missed celebrating the century mark yesterday)!  Over the past couple of years, hands down the most popular post has been this one:

 Followed by:

 Apparently tutorials using laminated fabrics are popular on this blog! 



  1. Bias tape inside clothing always makes it feel a bit more luxurious I think, when there's that pop of colour :)

    Congratulations on your 101st post :)

  2. What a lovely dress.. I love it and it fits you so well.. the yellow bias tape is so pretty in it too.
    Congrats on the 101 st post..

  3. Beautiful dress, and it looks great on you.

  4. Anonymous7:16 PM

    I started to cut out a flounce dresses for myself

  5. Hi! I just wanted to tell you that I found from Crafterhours & after clicking over a good hour ago I'm still reading through your archives! I love your quick, eye candy posts & the fact that your a stay at home mom who likes to make quick beautiful things for herself. I'll be adding you to my blog roll on my site little pink monster...thanks for being so darn cute! And my kids say thankyou that they got to play another hour instead of brushing their teeth! (: