Simplicity 8910: A Black and White Floral Spring Sundress

Another Spring sundress done! I’m ready for sunny Spring weather. This month’s theme is Spring sundresses and I made one using Simplicity 8910. I made the sleeveless version with the ties at the shoulder straps. This is my second time making a dress using this pattern. The first version was a short sleeved version- My “Dreaming of Hawaii” Dress.

For this sundress, I used a black and white floral fabric described as a rayon challis woven crepe that I purchased from L.A. Finch Fabrics. The fabric is flowy and has a nice drape. It’s perfect for sunny Spring weather.

My favorite part of this dress are the ties at the shoulder straps. They are so cute. I made them detachable so that I can have the option to have the sundress with the ties or without. But they ended up serving a practical purpose. I use the ties to “tie” my bra strap together with the shoulder strap so that my bra doesn’t slip and show. Cool…

I followed the pattern exactly with only one modification. Instead of turning the fabric out for the teeny tiny straps, I basically made the straps like bias tape. It’s easier that way and I don’t mind the way that it looks. Another thing is that the area under my arm falls a bit low so I will have to fix that.

The weather here has been nice and sunny so I’ve been able to wear this dress twice already. It was comfortable and kept me cool.

Happy Spring sewing!

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New Look 6446- A Green Linen Sundress

New Look 6446 is a pattern for a sundress but also has options for making a culottes jumpsuit or short romper. The sundress can be made in mini or maxi length. There is an option to make a fabric tie to tie around your waist. You can wear it alone or with a tee shirt underneath. The suggested fabrics include chambray, lightweight denim and cotton types. I made mine in linen.

This was my first time learning how to line a bodice. It was not as hard as I thought it would be. I like the clean look. It also aids in the construction of the bodice.

I didn’t do my usual adjustment of shortening the bodice by one inch. Instead, I shortened the straps. They are pulled up a bit extra, but I like the look.

With so much practice with invisible zippers, I was successful again with the installation. I was happy with the end result. I thank my invisible zipper foot for that. Thank you, invisible zipper foot.

What I like best about this dress are the pockets! Anytime a dress has pockets, it’s the best. The construction of putting in the pockets was interesting. Instead of two pieces sewn together to make a pocket, it was one rectangular piece of fabric that was folded in half to make the pocket.

A few things about this dress: The top part of the dress goes high up, almost to the neck. I like it but I read on a few reviews that some sewists didn’t like that. The straps are long enough so that you can adjust it towards the back and sew it in. However, I’ve seen some sewists sew the strap on each side of the front and back and then tie it at the top. I’ve also read that some sewists didn’t like the pleat in the front of the skirt area because it gave the dress an extra pouf and made their stomach area look pouchy. I personally like the pleats. There are also 2 waist darts in the front and 2 waist darts in the back.

I really like this sundress and I am very happy that I decided to make it in a linen fabric. It’s the perfect spring sundress!

Happy Spring sewing!


April Sewing Plans: Spring Sundresses

I heard someone say once that planning still counts towards sewing and I must agree! I used to not really enjoy the planning, pairing fabric and pattern together and cutting the fabric. I just wanted to get straight to the sewing. But something about 2020 made me slow down and enjoy every part of the process of sewing. And ironically, slowing down helped me to finish more successful makes! I think it’s because I have learned to enjoy the process rather than just having a goal to get straight to the product.

April’s theme is Spring sundresses. I will start off conservatively with five items. I didn’t make one item on my March sewing plans so I will add it to April’s plans.

I’m excited to make another New Look 6446. I made a toile using a freebie fabric I received and I liked the way it turned out. Making a Sundress- New Look 6446. I wanted to make a linen version. I went to Joann and bought a green linen fabric. The fabric is different than the toile version, so we will see how it goes. I didn’t make the tie for the waist for my toile, but for this one, I will make it.

I plan to make a short, sleeveless sundress using Simplicity 8910 (AKA R10183). I will use a black and white floral fabric described as a rayon challis woven crepe. I’ve made this pattern twice already. One was My “Dreaming of Hawaii” Dress. And the other attempt was not successful. But that was for the short sleeved version and since my theme this month is sundresses, I will making the sleeveless sundress version with the ties at the top.

I purchased Simplicity 8231 recently. I noticed it is a pattern in collaboration with Sew House Seven and that piqued my interest. I learned later that it’s also called the Mississippi Avenue Dress by Sew House Seven. It looks very simple and perfect to wear on a Spring or Summer day. I plan to make the sleeveless sundress that the model on the pattern envelope is wearing. I’m trying to decide between using a bohemian rayon woven type fabric or using the same black and white floral fabric as the other sundress I am planning on making.

And since I did not make the short jumper that I planned last month, I will add it to this month’s sewing plans. It’s McCall’s 7936. I made it last year but because of many mishaps with the invisible zipper installation, it turned into a dress McCalls 7936- Romper Turned into a Dress. Since I’ve had a couple successful invisible zipper installations, I think I’ll be able to make this short jumper. I just need to decide on a fabric.

I will also add Butterick 6677 to my April sewing plans. I will sew up View A. I don’t think this is quite considered a sundress, but it’s a really pretty dress with flounce on the sides of the bodice that I’ve been wanting to make. I’ll put it last on my list and if I don’t make it this month, I’ll move it to towards the following month’s sewing plans.

I’m looking forward to getting started. Happy Spring Sewing!