April 2021 Makes: Sundresses Galore

April’s theme was Spring sundresses. I started off conservatively with five items on my list. So I guess it’s not quite a galore. But… I was able to complete them all and for me, that’s sundresses galore! Oh, I also made an order of masks.

Look at these dresses!!!

The first garment I completed was a sundress in green linen using New Look 6446 New Look 6446- A Green Linen Sundress. I bought the fabric at Joann with my daughter. She picked it out. We were on a linen kick and she thought the green linen was the best pick. I like how it turned out. It was my first time sewing a lined bodice. It wasn’t as hard to do as I thought. It gives it a clean look and it really aids in the construction. I actually think I prefer it over facing. I think I am getting better at my invisible zipper installment because it was another success. I don’t think I’m afraid of them anymore. What I like best about this sundress is that it can be worn with a T shirt underneath. Cute…

The next garment I completed was a short, sleeveless sundress in a rayon challis woven crepe in black and white floral. Simplicity 8910: A Black and White Floral Spring Sundress 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.

I was really excited to make Simplicity 8231. Mostly because it is a pattern in collaboration with Sew House Seven and I thought that was interesting. It’s also called the Mississippi Avenue Dress. I made mine in a yellowish gold chambray fabric. It has an elasticized waist dress and a V-neckline. I made the sleeveless dress with the shoulder ties. I really like how it turned out. Simplicity 8231: Mississippi Avenue Dress in Yellow Chambray It kind of has a 1930s vibe.

Although it didn’t quite go with my sundress theme, this next one I made is still a dress. I was planning sleeveless sundresses and this dress has sleeves. Really voluminous sleeves. In fact, that’s the most popular detail of this dress. McCalls 7969- A Very Bohemian Billowy Sleeved Dress. I needed something to wear for an outing. Three of my friends and I planned a picnic at Malibu Wines and Garden. I thought this dress was the perfect dress for the day. And it was…

And the last garment I made in April was a dress I had made twice already using McCall’s 8084. I made the prior dresses for my daughter. This one was for myself. I used the leftover fabric from my last dress for this dress. Bohemian Flouncy Sleeved Tie Dress- McCalls 8084 McCall’s 8084 is a dress with a tie at the bodice. I made the view with the flouncy sleeves which is my favorite part of the dress. The tie at the bodice also has a keyhole opening which I was not too excited about but I kept it in rather than modifying it. Also, this dress has pockets!

Now on to planning May. I plan to participate in Me Made May and it will be my first time. I’ve been sewing since 2015 and every year, I’m an observer. An inspired observer. But now that I have been sewing consistently, I feel ready to be an actual participant.

Happy Sewing!


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