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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!

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Butterick 6685 : A Spring blouse with Double Flouncy Sleeves

I made a Spring blouse for my aunt for her birthday. I used Butterick 6685 and I chose the style with the double flouncy sleeves. I knew it would be perfect for my aunt because I noticed she likes to wear loose, flowy blouses with flowy sleeves. This blouse has a double flouncy sleeve so it was perfect! Double the flounce, double the fun!

I chose a fabric that I purchased from L.A. Finch fabrics. It’s a rayon woven with ivory and peach colors. It has a very nice drape and flow to it. Perfect for the flouncy sleeves.

This pattern is described as a pullover top with a drop shoulder, neckline and sleeve variations. The bottom has side slits and a curved hem. It can be worn with or without a sash.

I did some research and read some reviews on this blouse before starting. I read that it was an easy sew. It’s also labeled as Very Easy. However, it wasn’t really for me. The reason why is because I need more practice with curved hems and because of the flouncy sleeves (two sleeves on each side), there were a lot of curved hems. It was more time consuming and labor intensive than anything else. In addition, the hem on the bottom has side slits so it is curved up on the sides. It was my first time doing a hem like that and although it was a bit difficult due to the curved hem, I’m happy I learned how to do something new.

The neckline facing came out nice and clean. Although if you don’t like facings, using a bias tape to finish the neck would work also. I noticed that the neckline came out a bit wide on the shoulder area, so it’s possible that the bra straps will show. The top has a drop shoulder. I like that look. A drop shoulder is when the sleeves fall on the top of the arm area, as opposed to a set in sleeve where the armhole seam would sit right on top of the shoulder point. You can make the drop shoulder with or without the flounce sleeves.

This blouse also can be worn with or without a sash. For my aunt, I didn’t make the sash that goes with it because I noticed most of the blouses she wears are mostly loose. I gave it to her for her birthday (with an Easter lily). She loved it. 🙂

Happy Spring sewing!