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Simplicity 9101- a 90’s vibe dress

This dress reminds me of a dress that I had in the 90’s. I wore it so often that I actually wore it out. It was so comfortable. There are a few differences such as the fabric was a little more lightweight, the tie went to the back and the dress length was a little longer. But for the most part, it looks just like it. I can’t believe that I accidentally recreated it!

Simplicity 9101 is a pullover dress which comes in two lengths. There is a choice between a drawstring waist or a front wrap tie belt. I made view C but instead of having the skirt a little shorter in the front, I made it all one length.

Fabric choices include chambray, challis, cotton or cotton blends, gingham, linen, and silky types. I chose a tropical suiting gingham for my fabric which is described as a lightweight woven material which is perfect for summer dresses.

You will also need 1/2 inch wide single fold bias tape. The bias tape is used to finish the neckline. I really like the way the neckline turned out. I made sure to press after each step. I also didn’t skip the understitching. I see how much of a difference that makes. The neckline came out so smooth and clean.

I don’t see myself wearing this dress anytime soon but I’m happy that I made it. The accidental recreation of my dress from the 90’s gave me the idea to look at some of my old photos to recreate my favorite dresses. We will see how that goes! 🙂

Until then, Happy Sewing!

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Refashion: Boho pants turned into a Boho dress

I really like the idea of up-cycling and refashioning old clothes into a new item of clothing. It’s fascinating to see the creations that are made from transforming an old or thrifted article of clothing into something new and more modern.

I turned this pair of wide legged boho pants into a dress! I seam ripped the inseam of the pants and then sewed it up into a skirt. There are tons of videos on YouTube with tutorials on how to do this. It’s really easy to do!

For the top part, I removed the elastic at the top and with the extra fabric that was there, I used the top part of a pattern that I have in my stash to fashion a V- neck with straps. I had some leftover black cotton scraps that I used to cut into shoulder straps. I also used the black cotton for the facing. I cut the bodice to fit me and made it into an empire waist. Since there was extra material, I gathered the top part of the skirt.

This dress is the perfect quarantine dress. It’s so comfortable that I’ve worn it many times already. Comparing that to the fact that I haven’t worn this as pants for over 5 years, I’d say that’s a plus! I’m also embarrassed to think that it’s been sitting in my closet unworn for that long. It didn’t spark joy then, but it sparks joy now!

Up-cycling and refashioning is a great way to foster your creativity in sewing. It’s a great way to be resourceful with what you already have in your closet instead of throwing it away. What a fun and fulfilling project… Happy Sewing!

Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.

Fred Rogers
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McCalls 7970- A Wanna-Be Wrap Dress

I finished sewing up this McCalls 7970 dress and I am very happy with the results. McCalls 7970 is described as a loose fitting, pullover dress with an elasticized waist. View A has bodice and skirt flounces. View C and D has a multi-tiered skirt as well as a side front slit and belt. I chose View B which does not have any tiers or flounces but has very pretty sleeves and appears as a wrap dress but really isn’t. It’s a wanna be wrap dress.

I chose View B, mostly due to the amount of fabric I wanted to use which was 2 yards. It was a choice between view A or B. View A states that 1 7/8 yards is needed for my size. View B states that 2 and 1/8 yards is needed. It was a choice between View A or B and I have enough sleeveless dresses, so B it is! Luckily, for me, 2 yards was all I needed and worked perfectly for me for view B.

I chose fabric that I purchased from a little store in Downtown L.A. There you can chose any fabric for $1.99. The fabric isn’t the very best quality but good enough for me. Suggested fabrics for this pattern are crepes, cotton blends, georgette and stable knits. The fabric I used is a bubble crepe.

Besides the amount of fabric, I chose view B because of the sleeves. They look so fluttery. I also like how this dress looks like a wrap dress. The bodice crosses over and the front skirt panel has two sections sewn together making it look like a wrap dress.

I would definitely recommend this pattern since all the views are very pretty. I can see myself sewing up all views as well as hacking view D with the view B sleeves. I like the flounce of view A. I really like the tiers on View C. The tiers is a really popular look and I plan to make this view next. It’s perfect for the summer.

I was thinking the other day that I have made a lot of new dresses lately, but because of our current situation, I have nowhere to go. Which is ok. It’s actually even better because I notice that I don’t feel rushed or pressured to finish a dress. There’s no stress involved. I get to practice this craft and take my time. If I run into a mistake or a setback, it’s no big deal. I put my project aside and save it for another day with little worry or concern. I save it to tackle for later. I can feel that it’s truly the process not only the product. It’s actually quite relaxing and that’s a great feeling.

Happy Sewing!