The Exquisite Maxi Dress – PDF Pattern

Seeing as winter is over here in sunny California, that means one thing: Maxi dress time!

The Exquisite Maxi Dress

You may recognize this dress from a previous post, which it is! I made a few changes, adding a waist defining sash, larger cuffs on the straps and for this dress, I didn’t overlap the front panels as much as the colorful maxi dress, for a deeper neckline plunge. I also PDF-ed the pattern (along with detailed instructions) and changed the name to “The Exquisite Maxi Dress!” Because it is extremely exquisite (and comfortable)! Check it out here!

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The fabric is a fabulous find from Joann’s. It’s mostly polyester, but it has such a soft feel! It’s definitely a summer staple!

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I made this dress out of 4 yards of fabric, but I definitely recommend getting 5 yards, especially if you want your sash to hang longer than the knot I have in the picture.

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Thanks for reading!

Floral Silhouette Dress

As the rain was coming down here last week, I was working away on a fun floral dress!

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The pattern started as the shift dress from the pattern book, Built by Wendy. I came across this book at the library and immediately checked it out, along with the biography of Balenciaga and a dummies book on fashion illustrations (which is quite educating!). Initially, I was going to make a straight shift dress with the floral broadcloth (from Joann’s), but I saw a couple scrap strips of black broadcloth that were the perfect size for the side panels in the silhouette.

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I measured the shape that I wanted of the silhouette and transferred the measurements to the paper pattern. As with The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook, no seam allowances are included in Built by Wendy, which is easier for changing up the style.

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I didn’t make a muslin for this dress. Instead, I sewed the seams using a long stitch length for easier removal during fittings. I ended up taking more up through the shoulders, so the final length of the dress came out a little shorter than I would have made it, but now its more of a mini style!

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The neckline is finished with a self fabric facing and the armholes with a black bias binding that is inwardly turned. See the hem stitch? Neither do I! That’s a blind hem for ya! After several failed attempts at adding the zipper to the the back, I closed it up and added the zip on the left side seam of the dress.

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I’m a new fan of the side zip!

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Sun’s out, gun’s out! I’m ready for Spring! Thanks for reading!

White Blouse (Butterick 5526) & Leopard Skirt (New Look 6123)

Today’s post is a two for one: A crisp white blouse and a wild leopard skirt!

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The blouse, Butterick 5562, is one of the first patterns I ever purchased. The first time I made it (in view D, not blogged about), I was still figuring out how to follow the instructions on a pattern. Last August, I made this pattern in view C, but didn’t make any changes to the pattern. This is view D, with many tweaks. 1) I removed the poof in the gathered sleeve by folding out 1/2″ from the sleeve cap, all the way down to the wrist.

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2) I brought the shoulder seam line up by 1″. I found that my gingham collar shirt kept riding back on my shoulders every time I wore it. 3) I shortened the waistline by 2″, since this is my typical commercial pattern adjustment. 4) And added 2″ to the bottom to accommodate for the shortening at the waistline.

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5) I drafted the collar pattern, since I lost it, and attached it to the blouse without a collar stand, for a flatter look. 6) I also combined the button placket with the front part of the blouse, to eliminate a seam line.

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The skirt is the bottom half of  New Look 6213, that I used for the black & blue dress, with a few tweaks.

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I cut out a size 8 and used a 1/4″ seam allowance. Instead of following the patterns dart placement, I just did the good ol’ pinch and pin method in the mirror until I got the right fit. And by the look and feel of it, I got the perfect fit! I omitted a waistband, as adding the lining finished the top of the skirt. The lining is my favorite part!

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The vent didn’t come out quite as vent-ish as intended because I used a 17″ long regular zipper, but I like the look of the unintentional slit.

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The blouse is a cotton and the skirt is a very soft suede from Joann’s.

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Thanks for reading!

Quick Weekend Projects

Before delving into a new project, and while plotting what my next move is going to be, I like to rummage around my sewing room for anything that needs a quick fix. My godmother gave me this grey dress, but it needed a few alterations. No big deal for The Seamstress from Venus! :)

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I took the shoulder seams up 2 inches and added elastic to the waist. This alteration shortened the hem too, which is what I wanted!

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Now it fits much better!

I also made a quick leopard infinity scarf! (Well, two- one for me and one for my godmother.) I’ve worn the heck out of a leopard scarf that my dad got me for Christmas a couple years ago.

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It only took two yards of fabric (I think it was 56″ wide). I didn’t do any measuring for this! Just tore the fabric in half, folded the half in half, and sewed right sides together. To complete the circle, I sewed as much as I could with the right sides together of each end, flipped it right side out and finished the little open hold by hand. Super simple!

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day – The Black & Blue Anti-Valentine Dress

Happy Valentines Day! My intentions weren’t to finish this dress in time for a Valentine’s Day post, but I did, so I added the “Anti-Valentines” because I’m riding solo this year! Black and Blue, because duh, it’s black and blue!

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The pattern is New Look 6123, view C without the arm flange.  I made view B back in August.

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I cut a straight 8, but used a 1/4″ seam allowance in the skirt. By the look and feel of the bodice,  I need to take more in via the darts. I finished the neckline and armholes with black bias binding tape. Next time, I’ll shave off a bit of the neckline and front armhole.

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I love the lightweight feel of the fabric! I found it at a little old fabric store with mostly fabrics for quilting. It’s definitely a poly cotton or rayon.

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I wanted the V-cut to go lower but I ended up taking in an extra inch in the zipper, so it brought up the depth of the V. The zipper is just a regular black zip- all I had on hand! There’s also a vent back there too!

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This is a great pattern for a bold print like this! I definitely have plans to make a few more!

M6744: Purple and Blue Maxi with Gold Brush Strokes

I was really inspired to make a long statement dress after seeing a numerous amount of beautiful bold printed maxi dresses on my Instagram from New York’s Fashion Week.

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You may recognize this print as the same fabric from the lining in my wool winter coat.  It’s a super soft silk charmeuse that shines beautifully in the sun!

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The sun barely came out in time for me to take a few pictures!

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Instead of adding elastic to the shoulders to add ruching like I did for the palm tree dress,  I added 5 pleats to each shoulder.

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I definitely like the pleats better than the elastic because the shoulders stay in place. The dress came out superb for a pattern that’s meant for a fabric with moderate stretch!

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Thanks for reading!

The Perfect Tee: My First PDF Pattern!!

I’m super excited to share The Perfect Tee as my first PDF pattern, so you can make your own Perfect Tee!

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I had already drafted The Perfect Tee in multiple sizes, but it wasn’t until I received the encouragement from a lovely commenter, that I learned the in’s and out’s of PDF-ing! What’s great about The Perfect Tee Pattern, is that I drafted it on dott marking paper so it’s easier for matching and printing accurately to scale.

What’s even cooler about this pattern is the many ways you can make this your own by simply changing the shape of the neckline and length of the sleeves. While I was on my quest to stock up on long sleeved shirts, I made a Perfect Tee without the low back scoop.

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I cut out an XS for my Tee’s, especially when the fabric has a lot of give, like this black jersey that I have been using A LOT. Even though black can be a bit boring, I’m glad I purchased a lot of this fabric because I’ve been getting more wear out of my completed projects.

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Check out my Etsy shop to download The Perfect Tee Pattern!

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Thanks for reading!