Project Sewn: Signature Look

sig-front2 This week’s Project Sewn challenge was to create a signature look. My first thought was, “Well, everything I’ve made so far is pretty much in my signature style.” My second thought was, “Except that I’ve only made dresses.”

While I do wear dresses a lot (nothing is easier than just putting on a dress in the morning), I also wear a lot of separates. In the winter, that tends to be sweaters and pants, but in the summer, I go with blouses and skirts a lot of the time.

My signature style:
Tailored or fitted
Figure-flattering
Comfortable
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5 patterns for $5!

JoAnn had one of their 5 Simplicity patterns for $5 sales over Mother’s Day weekend… I made the mistake of taking the kids with me, so they picked out some costume patterns, swearing this is what they will want for Halloween… Here’s what we ended up with:

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My son says he’s going to be the Knight (top right image on top left pattern) for Halloween, my daughter wants to be Tiana (but check out that awesome Mad Hatter costume in the same package), the stuffed animals were a compromise (we actually wanted the stuffed animal pattern on the previous page in the book, but the chicken/egg thing is cute), and the bottom two are going to be used by me for the next Project Sewn challenge.

Did you make it to the 5 for $5 sale? What did you grab?

Shirred maxi dress with pockets tutorial

sundress_frontFor week 2 of the Project Sewn sew-along, I made a shirred maxi dress with fabric from my stash, which I had purchased to make myself a maxi skirt last year. Hey, skirt, dress, whatevs, right?

This dress is very easy to wear and construct… so I put together a tutorial as I was making it.

This shirred women’s maxi dress tutorial owes a great deal to No Big Dill’s girl’s maxi dress tutorial, which I adapted previously to make a dress for my daughter and her doll, to Running with Scissors’ shirred pocket skirt tutorial, which I had used to make a skirt for myself (that I’ll blog about eventually), and to Sewaholic’s tutorial on sewing inseam pockets.

If you’ve never shirred anything before, it’s great fun and really easy! Basically, you’re just sewing lots of straight lines across the right side of your fabric, with elastic thread in the bobbin.

Update: If you use this tutorial, I’d love to see the results! Please comment with a link to your dress. Thanks!

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Project Sewn: Sundress

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This week’s Project Sewn challenge was to make a sundress. Last year, I made my daughter this maxi dress, and made myself a matching skirt. When I posted photos, my friends suggested that I make a maxi skirt with the same skirt pattern, so I bought this fun quilting cotton (on sale at A.C. Moore, $10 for 3 yards!) with that intent. Unfortunately, that was August, and the fabric promptly found a home at the bottom of my stash, waiting for time/warm weather. Continue reading