Vogue 8997

I LOVE this dress! It’s feminine without being frilly or fussy. It’s also surprisingly easy to make. This is one of those patterns that I bought because I really liked the style, but then put off actually making. I thought it would be far more complicated than it was. 

I used a linen blend fabric (washable) that I’ve had for a while and a solid purple lining. The only change I made to the pattern was to raise the neckline about 2″. After making the muslin, I decided that that would be a more comfortable neckline for me personally. Originally, the front and back neck are (I believe) about the same depth.

This is not only a great summer dress pattern, but has enough variations (including long sleeves) that it can be made all year.

Until next time…  Happy sewing!

McCalls 2401

I’m particularly interested in making myself some dresses and skirts for spring and summer. I find that they tend to keep me cooler than long pants when it gets really hot and humid around here. But that’s going to be awhile because the weather here has been anything but spring-like. Today was a good day, so I went out and took some pictures.

This is McCall’s 2401, which is a basic sheath dress.

Although I’ve made the dress before, I’ve never made it with sleeves and the square neck.

I used stretch cotton twill which is pretty lightweight. I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. I did take the back dart all the way up to the neckline. I found that the back of the dress was too lose and I needed to reduce that somehow. While that worked out fine, if I make this again, I would just make the adjustment before cutting it out (like you’re supposed to).

Anyway, I like it and I like the print. I knew the dress was going to have to have a  simple design with such a bold print.

Very Easy Vogue pattern 8824

This is my latest completion. It’s Vogue 8824 knit dress. It really is very easy. Actually, I’m really not sure if this is supposed to be a knit or woven dress. The material list says jersey, linen and crepe. So, I went with a charcoal gray ponte knit. I made the dress in a medium, so I figured the stretch would be a good thing.

The dress does have a very deep V in the front so something needs to be worn under it (unless you’re very brave). So, rather than have to wear another shirt underneath mine, I chose to add a panel in the front to cover most of the V. I don’t always want the additional layers of another shirt. But, here I show that it is easily done.

This picture is with a self-drafted quick cape that I made last year (I think). It’s about 30 degrees and breezy, so I was freezing.

This dress is simple enough to dress up or wear casually. It can also be made with 3/4 sleeves and longer at the bottom (more of a midi length dress).

Quick and practical…that’s my kind of sewing!

Burda Style Dress 10-2014 #105

When I first saw this dress I was really intrigued. I liked it, but I was wondering if I could really have success with the pattern. If any of you have ever made a dress from the Burda Style magazine, you may know what I’m talking about. I wasn’t concerned about the tracing (I’ve gotten the hang of that for the most part). But, the directions for these patterns are minimal, at best. It’s just very different from using a pattern from the “big four”. But I was determined to get it done!

And I’m so glad I did! The lines of the dress are very simple. And there are only three pieces, so I figured as long as I didn’t put the sleeves in some weird place, I’d be okay.


I think this dress could be made from a bold print (obviously) or a more subtle solid. It’s up to you. I think that’s what makes the best patterns and makes those patterns classics.

The sleeves are about 4″ longer than normal according to the pattern, so I actually shortened those when I traced. I actually didn’t have enough fabric and I really wanted to use this piece, so I wanted to make sure I could fit everything (I also don’t like super-long sleeves). I actually couldn’t get the neck/shoulder right because I couldn’t understand what the instructions were saying to do. But I knew what it was supposed to look like, so I basically had to work backwards for that section. After that, the dress was really easy. This is the kind of thing I can see myself making again. And maybe I’ll get it right next time – LOL!

McCalls 6554

I finished this about a week ago. It’s a “Fashion Star” pattern (remember that show?) that I’ve had but never made.

I really didn’t make any alterations to this pattern. It’s actually pretty quick to put together. One of the features that I really like are the pockets. I really like in-seam pockets. The belt, which can be optional, I think helps to pull the look together.

This picture above is without the belt. The bodice is lined (I used batiste). If I had thought about it at the time, I would have lined the skirt also. The fabric is a cotton linen blend that I bought last year and never got around to using.

The only thing that I did differently than the instructions was to use a regular zipper. And the only reason I did that is because that’s what I had in my stash! LOL! I’m using up as much as I possibly can while still make the things I want.

This is a really nice, comfortable dress to wear. My husband even complimented me on it. So, it’s all good.

McCall’s 6884

I finished this dress yesterday. It’s really easy to put together. It would have been done a lot sooner if I hadn’t lost my sewing mojo in the middle of it. But anyway, the only thing I changed with the pattern is to raise the neckline by about 2 1/2″. It’s a good thing I did, because it would have been way to low for my taste if I hadn’t. As it is, I really like this dress. I used a knit I bought a while ago from JoAnn’s. 

The tie is very long, so I’m assuming it’s to go around the back to the front. At least, that’s how I wear it. This pattern could be a really good wardrobe builder for a lot of people. I can see myself making this again is a solid knit as well.

Completed a Spring dress

This is Simplicity 1586, although when I bought it, it was numbered 0502. It’s one of the Amazing Fit dresses that can be color blocked or solid color with sleeve and neck variations. I made this in View A, which is the short-sleeve dress.

I was able to use some fabric I had left over from a Spring coat I made last year for Easter. The dress is unlined and goes together very easily. The only change I made was I shortened the length which led me to eliminate the vent in the back (it really wasn’t necessary for walking ease).

Other than that, there really isn’t too much to say about this process. It’s very straightforward. It’s just a good, simple pattern to have!

Finished Vogue 8758

So I did complete the dress I was making. It took me a little longer than I anticipated (doesn’t everything) just because I decided I’d take my time. I realized when I was making this that I haven’t made  lined dress in a very long time. But I must say, this was pretty easy to put together. And most important, I really like it! It’s comfortable, yet classy. Like I said in my last post, I made the dress with 3/4 sleeves since I didn’t have enough material to make long sleeves. The only other “change” I made was to use an invisible zipper which wasn’t called for in the pattern instructions. 

That’s all for now…I’ve already got my next project in mind.

Work in progress… Vogue 8758

This is a different kind of post for me. Normally, I don’t tell you what I’m working on. It’s not that I don’t want anyone to know or that it’s some kind of secret. It’s because I’m always thinking “what if I mess this up” or “what if I get bored with this and don’t finish it?”. So I’m taking a chance – LOL! I started making this dress about a week ago, and honestly wanted it finished last weekend, but I didn’t quite make my self-imposed timeline. Anyway, I’m almost done.


My version will have 3/4 sleeves. I am determined to use some of my massive stash of fabric. So I had the black fabric (polyester gabardine), but I didn’t have enough of the burgundy/black (poly wool blend) to make long sleeves, so I had to shorten them. So far, so good. I’m trying to finish this sooner than later so I can move on to other things. Maybe by the time I’m done, I can think of some place to go so I can wear it (my anniversary is coming up next month…)!