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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!

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