This Week’s Project: Patterns and Dresses


This week I’ve been doing a lot of measuring and pinning and cutting to get these dresses started. Sewing will happen soon, but since this part is my least favorite, I figured I’d better get all the pieces ready to go – then I can sit down at my serger and sewing machine and happily put everything together!

Although I don’t like the cutting part much, I do like making my designs and choosing patterns. I rarely make a pattern exactly as written – at the very least, I always find myself at least changing the sleeves, or the neckline, or the hem. One of the things I love about sewing clothes is getting the chance to completely customize them and put different elements together to make a design. (And practice my very, very bad fashion drawing skills). Here’s the general idea for these dresses:


(Sorry for subjecting you to my drawing…)

The underdress is a blue stretch jersey, which is what’s in the photo above. The top wrap dress is a floaty floral chiffon that I am crazy in love with.


I’m using the slip from Simplicity 8545, taking out the back zipper and reducing the ease to account for the stretch fabric. Then the wrap dress will come from Butterick 6543 – I’ll get rid of the sleeves and raise the hemline.

I’m hoping it all comes out as well as it did in my head – I’ll keep you updated!


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