Pinterest Pin

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Still here and still sewing!

Hi Friends!

Yeah, I've become one of those blogs. The one where the blogger just kind of stops posting. Oops!

It was partly because I had sewn so many clothes that I didn't really need to sew many new garments, but also because I started spending more time playing music and working out and stuff. I'm also working on learning french, Oh la la!

But in the last 6 months or so, I've started thinking about / changing up my clothes again and I've made a couple things that I'm really proud of so here's one of those things!

Ooooh it's so pretty and romantic! I follow this blog / online retailer called Who What Wear. It's super fun and lets me pretend that I know what's going on in fashion. I noticed that they posted lots of summer dresses with a few common details, so I just had to make one for myself!

All the dresses that caught my eye had puffy sleeves, a vintage-y floral pattern and a pretty neckline.

Here are a few of the photos that I used for inspiration.

Oh man, I forgot how few blogger-skills I have! This collage is pretty terrible ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I used this YouTube tutorial as a base to make the dress. I followed their instructions for figuring out the size of the pieces to cut, but it ended up too big on me. They suggest making the circumference of the dress total twice the measurement of your bust, but next time I would do twice my waist instead.

They also suggest dividing the measurement between 5 panels, but I wish I had done 6, so I could have added pockets.

I feel like a violated some cosmic rule by not including pockets!

I also added an elastic around the top of the bodice and sleeves, for a little extra security. The sleeves are just the top 9 inches of the sleeves from this burda style pattern. I kept the seam allowance at the shoulder, finished the edges and sewed in a few lines of shirring, then I just pinned them where I wanted and zig zag stitched them on. Easy peasy!

I'm really happy with the results! I think the square neckline is really flattering and I have it on good authority that it's super in right now ;).

Man, I had forgotten how tough it was to get good pics. I always feel so self-conscious and awkward!

Well, I think that's that, except to say that I really like my new sneakers, but couldn't find a good time to mention them in the post. They're pretty hot, though, no?

Edited: fixed a typo


  1. sewcraftydebi@gmail.com8 July 2019 at 12:29

    Great to see you posting again! Welcome back!
    I am desperately trying to find Kwik Sew #3559 dress pattern which you made back in 2014. Are you still making that pattern, or would you be interested in selling it to me?
    Thanks for your consideration, and keep sewing and posting!!!

    1. Hi Debi, Sorry for the late reply! I didn't get a notification. I'll send you an email :)