Simplicity 8231: Mississippi Avenue Dress in Yellow Chambray

Simplicity 8231 is a pattern in collaboration with Sew House Seven. It’s also called the Mississippi Avenue Dress. It is described as an elastic waist dress which features a V-neckline with the option of over-the-knee or midi lengths as well as a cap sleeve or sleeveless with shoulder ties.

I made the sleeveless dress with the shoulder ties. It was the perfect addition to my April sundress theme. I was planning to use a rayon type of fabric which is a little more flowy but instead decided on a chambray fabric. I’m really glad I made that decision because it turned out great! It’s a yellowish gold chambray that I purchased in 2016 from I finally found the perfect project for it. Fabric hoarders unite!

I enjoyed the construction of this dress. It came together so smoothly. I was actually in shock at how easy it was to put together.

I have so many favorite parts of this dress. I like the ties at the shoulder straps. They are so cute. I like the elastic which goes on the side and the back of the waist only. It looks so unique. I like the triangular piece in the middle. It looks so 1930s vintage style.

The only modification that I made was making the shoulder tie straps like bias tape. I sometimes don’t have the patience to push and pull the fabric through the teeny tiny shoulder tie straps. Making the ties like bias tape is much easier.

This is a beautiful sundress. I can’t stop looking at it!

Happy Spring Sewing!


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!


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!