Black & White Linen Dress

This summer I've been remaking many garments that I made last year when I first started sewing my own clothes.  I picked up easy sewing patterns from the "Learning To Sew" series that Simplicity has, like this Simplicity 2147 dress.  Many of these pieces that I sewed needed major tweaks and I learned something new about sewing with each one. 

This first time I sewed this was view C, the 3/4 sleeves tunic.  I remember that I used a silky floral type fabric that I picked up from the clearance table at Joann's.  It was the first time I tried sewing pleats and also sewing bias tape to a neck line.  Needless to say, that top was donated to Goodwill as it was too big, the wrong fabric, and had a wonky neckline.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this dress made with eyelet and wanted to do something similar.  Unfortunately Joann's did not have an eyelet fabric that I loved, however I ended up finding this beautiful linen/rayon blend fabric.  It has a really pretty black floral print that, to me, has kind of a vintage/boho feel.

This time around, I loved sewing this dress.  The fabric choice was perfect, the neck binding looks awesome and the fit it great.  I sewed up view B in size 12.  I added an inch on the length of the dress, as this is labeled a "mini dress" but this is how mini I'll get.  I hemmed only 1/4 inch on the bottom.  I did not make a belt since I love the dress without it.  I really like the shift dress style of this garment with something as simple as pleats to add a little interest.  


Coral Pleated Top

This top has been sitting in my closet for the last month or so, waiting to be shared with the world.  It's a summer version of the pleated tunic I made last winter.  I was so frustrated by the knit rayon that I used with the tunic that I just had to make it again with a woven fabric.  I was hoping and praying that I wouldn't run into the same problems that I had before.  Well lucky me, this top turned out great!  It was much easier sewing with the woven rayon that I chose.  YAY!

This pattern is Very Easy Vogue 8977, view A.  I cut out size small.  I ordered this fabric online at Fabrics.com.  Of course buying fabric online is challenging so when it arrived the color was a bit more pink than what I had in mind and the fabric is very light weight.  I was worried the fabric would be too shear, but thankfully it's not and works perfectly for hot weather.  The buttons on the back are from Joann's.

I did not make any alterations to the pattern.  Sewing the facing to the neck line was the most challenging.  However, with the woven fabric I didn't struggle with the fabric stretching all over the place as I sewed.  There are a couple of tiny puckers but nothing that a good ironing couldn't fix.  Speaking of ironing, looks like the back could use a little.

I love this style of this top for the summer.  It's a bit elegant, a bit classic and a hint of sexy with the opening in the back.  Coral and white are a great summer combo.  I like to pair it with boho pieces like these caramel colored block heels and hoop earrings.


Navajo Jumpsuit

Well it's been a minute since I've posted a new make, but I have a great excuse!  I was traveling, relaxing, and just taking whatever time I needed to complete some new projects.  Here I have a jumpsuit that I made about a month ago.  I found this Simplicity "It's So Easy It's Simplicity" pattern at Walmart a couple of months back.  It was a great price and I loved the design of the pant jumpsuit.  I had also been wanting to making another one piece since my last one I made about a year ago (see my previous post).  The fabric was purchased at Joann's, I found it along side other ethnic/summery type fabrics.  The fabric is a lightweight cotton and has good shape for this garment.

I decided to cut size 12.  I didn't attempt to grade between two different pattern sizes since there wasn't a finished measurement for the hips.  I guess I got lucky because the jumpsuit fits me perfectly. I did take off quite a few inches from the bottom hem because I wanted the pants to hit right above my ankles, which I thought would look nice with sandals.

I haven't found this pattern being sold anywhere online so I am posting a picture of the packaging.  I think "It's So Easy It's Simplicity" is sold exclusively at Walmart.  Now, as to why Simplicity would package this as "easy" is beyond me.  For me, as an advanced beginner, the bodice was a bit of a challenge to put together.  I had to sew then use my seam ripper about 3 or 4 times to get the shoulder straps right.  Other than that the pattern was straight forward.  I was surprised (and thankful) how simple it was to sew the bodice and pants together plus creating the button holes in the front where the waist tie would go.

Anyway, I finished it but it took me a bit longer than I thought to complete it.  I have already worn this out dinner when my hubbie and I celebrated our 10 wedding anniversary going out to dinner.