Red & Denim Ruby Dress

Recently I discovered the sewing blogger Made By Rae who is not only is super knowledgeable in garment sewing, but sews up super cute kids clothes AND makes her own patterns.  Not to mention, I love her cute and quirky style.  I immediately loved her garment patterns too so I purchased a couple as well as some cute fabrics (see my previous post here) that I think will go so well.

My first Made By Rae pattern that I tired is the Ruby pattern.  It's very simple yet stylish and can be customized in so many ways.  I decided to make the Ruby dress with the yoke being a light weight denim (with a faint diamond design on it) and the dress part in a reddish-coral light weight rayon.  I have a goal to make many easy everyday dresses for our upcoming steamy, hot Texas summer.  I think the fabric will fit the bill to keep me cool plus I will be able to style this dress down with sandals or sass it up with wedges.

The pattern itself was very easy to follow.  I cut size Medium which fit accurately for me.  The arm holes are a smidgen small but I'd rather have that than arm holes that are too big.  I want make the Ruby top version as well but I haven't found the right fabric yet.  But I'm thinking an eyelet for the yoke. Ah, the quest of the right fabric! ;)


Spring Fabric Haul

March is flying by!  I can't believe we're already more than half way through the month.  It's been a busy last couple of weeks with spring break, taking care of kids and project planning.  I'm excited to share my latest fabric haul and surprisingly, everything has been purchased online.  This is the first time I'm jumping in feet first with shopping online for fabric.  Now that I've had some experience with different types of fabrics I'm starting to learn which ones I like to work with.

Since I mainly sew ready to wear garments, I really like working with knits and challis.  Both have great drape, soft to the touch and perfect for everyday wear garments.  After some online fabric store research I learned about an awesome shop for knit fabric called Girl Charlee.  They really have a great selection of fabric with beautiful prints and various types of knits. 

I love bright colors for warm weather, plus they go well with my skin tone.  I bought the yellow knit and the turquoise floral knit from Girl Charlee.  I plan to make simple summer dresses with these.  The fuchsia floral print is a challis that I found on Etsy.  I'm planning to make this Very Easy Vogue long sleeve dress with it.

I also found these amazing ethnic prints from Girl Charlee when they were running a sale on them.  The black print I'm planning to make a summer romper and the white diamond print I'm still thinking about what to do but possibly a maxi skirt or a halter dress. 

I'm hoping these fabrics work out with all of my upcoming sewing projects.  I'll be back to report on that.  What are some of your favorite online fabric stores?


Lace Up Front Maxi Dress

I have finally finished this gorgeous maxi dress just in time for spring!  I'm loving the current lace up trend so when I saw this New Look 6448 pattern displayed at Joann's I had to make it.  The fabric was also found at Joann's.  It's some kind of rayon challis with an abstract floral print, it's really pretty with a nice drape.  I purchased small gold eyelets for the lace up part along with a simple woven cord in black.

Now on to the pattern!  I sewed up View A, size 10.  Even though the pattern packaging says "easy" I still got stuck in the step of putting the front band together.  And wouldn't you know it,  I called up the Simplicity help line and spoke to someone right away.  My stumped step was so simple and just a confusion on my part of not knowing which was the band and the facing.  Probably a sewing rookie mistake.  Anyway, I had a moment of clarity after talking to Simplicity about it.  I finished that band right up and kept chugging along.

This was also the first time I inserted eyelets to a garment.  I got some ideas on YouTube on how to install them correctly plus practiced a lot on scrap fabric with the same fabric layering as the front band.

I'm really happy how the dress turned out.  I love it so much I'm definitely going to be making View B in a chambray.  Can't wait!  Stay tuned!!