Pattern Insider · Sewing

Sew Over It Kitty Dress

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I am so happy to share that this is my first make as a Sew Over It Pattern Insider!  As a Pattern Insider, I’ll be making new Sew Over It patterns throughout the year. This one I actually tested, too! Without further ado… Introducing… the Kitty dress! It’s a perfect vintage inspired shirt dress with 4 bodice and 2 skirt options that can be mixed and matched. It has pockets and buttons down the whole front. I chose to make the short sleeve bodice with shawl collar and a gathered skirt.

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This dress truly feels vintage to me! I used a vintage blue and white cotton gingham I’ve had in my stash for a while. I had just enough for this pattern! I used some vintage lace hem tape (forgot to photograph!) and I love the finish. I’ve really enjoyed hemming garments like this recently. I sew the tape on the right side of the fabric with my machine, press the bottom up and hand stitch to the tape.  It”s time consuming but worth it in my opinion. I love that little detail when I look on the inside. I wish I could have used vintage buttons in addition to the vintage fabric and hem tape but I didn’t have enough of any in my stash! This needed 10 or 11 buttons.

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As far as fit, I’m happy with the results. My bust is smaller than the smallest size so I graded the bust down and I left the waist as is. I did this by folding the dart on the pattern and drawing a straight line about 1/4′ in from the top left to the waist. I did the same for the back bodice (except no dart there). I also made sure to remove that 1/4″ from each side of the sleeve so it would fit. I was a little nervous without making a toile for this but I’m much more of just go for it sewist. Thankfully it turned out okay! I think I could have taken in a little more or adjusted the placement of the darts but I think it’s ok. There’s always next time!

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This was not a quick sew and definitely took some time but it was so worth it in the end. I’ve made other shirt dresses before so I didn’t find this difficult. However, the method of sewing in the pockets was different than what I’m used to. I was a little confused while sewing them but I am pleased with the results.

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I’m so thrilled with this dress and am so excited to wear it this summer.

 

 

Sewing

Put A Bow On It

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This make was inspired by RTW. I saw a Sezane tank that I absolutely loved. It had a large bow on one shoulder and was so cute for summer! The problem? the price tag. I realized I could easily make something similar. I sewed a Sew Over It silk cami in this beautiful pale pink and mustard gingham linen from Merchant and Mills, (appropriately named Wes as it’s fitting for a Wes Anderson film.) This fabric was a splurge but absolutely worth it. I only bought one meter and it was just enough for this project.2460B513-A162-45F1-996D-5B62F837CF4E

I made a Sew Over It Silk Cami last year but I made adjustments to the pattern this time. I found it to be a little snug under the arms so I graded it about a half size larger. I also decided to raise the neckline and remove the curve from the hem. I ended up having to cut off some of the length and re-hem it after taking photos of it the first time. The proportions were off and it wouldn’t easily tuck. I used the scrap I cut off to make a matching headband!A06FFDB7-D977-4F85-A1AF-8FB8B8E267EF

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So for the bow, I sewed a long strip of fabric and tied it to the shoulder. Thats it. SO simple. I love that I have the option to untie it and have the tank be more plain if I want to layer it under something. I thought I would have to attach it with a tack stitch but it stayed on nicely without it! I definitely will be adding shoulder ties to some other makes in the future.

 

Sewing

Lemon Gable Dress

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I am very happy with my new Jennifer Lauren Gable dress! In fact, I made two! The other one is made in a grey Mickey Mouse fabric for my upcoming trip to Disney World that I’m sure I’ll share soon.I found this fabric at Joann’s. I apparently have a thing for lemon print fabric! It just feels so summery! I made a Rosie dress and a New Look jumpsuit in lemon print fabric last year. I found it to be a really nice quality and not too thin. This fabric also came in a yellow and white stripe that I picked up, too.

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This was a quick and pretty easy sew. Tilly and the Buttons Coco is probably my favorite pattern for a knit dress but this one is a close second! I was very disappointed with the neckline fit in my Colette Moneta dresses so I was glad to try out another knit dress pattern with a gathered waist. The only issue I have is that the neckline is a little too high. The pattern does say to try on the dress before topstitching it down to make any adjustments. Of course I did not do this so it’s my own fault! It’ll be a quick fix, though.

I definitely see more Jennifer Lauren Gables in my future! I’m sure I’ll be making the long sleeve version later this year. 8545D08C-E3EB-41FB-A420-3432A8B3B991

Sewing

Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress

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This is one garment I wasn’t expecting to make! I never thought much about the Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress pattern but I recently saw a couple versions I really liked on Instagram. I kind of had the pattern in the back of mind since then. I went to New York with my friends Jess and Hannah for another garment district shopping trip last month. When I was at Mood, I spotted this white cotton with embroidered flowers.  I figured I’d find something to make with it so I bought 2 yards. I didn’t immediately think about this dress but the next day I realized this fabric would be perfect! I thought I didn’t buy enough according to the pattern envelope and was so disappointed. My friend Jess even went back to get me another yard but it sold out in a couple days! The guy said it had been there 10 years. What are the odds? I decided to buy the pattern and lay it out anyway. I actually had just enough! The only piece I omitted was the pockets because this fabric is slightly sheer. I have to wear this over a slip.

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I had no trouble sewing this up. I made it in one day. I think the fit is good. I was one size in my bust and a larger size in my waist. I ended up just cutting the size for my bust and was fine because this dress is loose fitting. I could consider grading out to a larger waist size next time.

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I think this is the perfect spring/ summer dress. It’s so light and airy. I’m just so thrilled with how this turned out. I love the Deer and Doe patterns I have tried and this one is definitely another keeper! Also, how beautiful is this tree in my backyard?! I’ve lived here 4 springs and don’t recall it ever looking this good!

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Outfit · Sewing

Butterick B6318

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B6318 is part of Butterick’s vintage collection. It’s from 1961 and has a gathered skirt, high neckline, dolman sleeves and waist ties. I’ve had this pattern for a while now. I bought it during one of Joann’s pattern sales but never had any real plans to make it. I recently saw a few versions pop up on Instagram and I finally felt inspired to give it a go! I got this Rifle Paper Co fabric last year when they released their English Garden collection. It’s such a beautiful fabric with so many great details in the print. I kept changing my mind on what to make with it! I think I bought 3 yards so I wanted a pattern that wouldn’t leave me with a lot left over.

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As far as fit goes, I’m happy. I graded from a 6 in the bust to an 8 in the waist. I don’t think I’d change a thing. I like the style of this dress and I think this pattern is a winner. I try not make dresses like this anymore though because I can’t wear them too often. I don’t know if I’ll be making this dress again anytime soon. Or if I did, maybe a shorter length would be more wearable.If I made this again, I’d also use a dyed fabric instead of a printed fabric because you can easily see the wrong side of the waistband fabric when it’s tied. I thought about backing it but I didn’t have enough fabric and I was worried it would be too bulky. 

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TULIPS. Obviously the show stopper here. About an hour from where I live has a farm that planted a million tulips. Literally. It’s called Holland Ridge Farms if anyone reading is from the New Jersey area. I wanted to go last year but I found out about it at the very end of the season. I made sure to keep an eye on their page this year so I didn’t miss out. It was so gorgeous. I didn’t want to leave! These are easily my favorite photos I’ve taken for the blog. 

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Outfit · Sewing

Lisa Comfort Lottie Dress

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I purchased Issue 3 of Lisa Comfort magazine when it came out last year because I knew I wanted to make the Lottie dress that came with it! I finally got around to it! It’s a simple button front dress with a  bias bound top/ straps. I used a cotton Rifle Paper Co fabric I’ve had in my stash and I’ve been wanting to use. I also used some buttons I picked up on my recent trip to the garment district in New York.

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This would have been a pretty quick make but I had some fit issues. I graded the pattern down a size but when I tried it on after sewing on the bias tape, it was so large at the top in the front. It was completely unwearable. The easiest thing to do was to undo the bias tape on the front pieces and to add more gathers. It worked!

There’s an optional tie sash included in the pattern. I didn’t make it because I really liked how this vintage belt looks with the dress but I have plenty of fabric left over if I decide I want to make it in the future.

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I haven’t decided if I’d make this pattern again. I like the style and I like how few pattern pieces there are/ how this can be a pretty quick make. It’s not the most comfortable dress for me because the straps are set a little wide for my shoulders. I think if I were to make it again, I would have to figure out how to make them more comfortable and set in more so they don’t feel like they are going to fall down.

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Overall, I like how this dress turned out and I am excited to wear it on vacation next month!

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