When I was working - I lived in dresses. Especially when I lost all that weight and got to enjoy shopping in the smaller single digits!! Too bad it was shortlived - got preggo - but anyhow. Point is - I LOVE dresses. So girly, fun, and easy to wear!! My current, post baby, wardrobe was lacking casual dresses for when I wanted to feel pretty but still had baby and nowhere to go but WalMart. And it's kind of funny - I only buy patterns when they're on sale for $1 - sometimes I'll pay $1.99 but NEVER EVER EVER full price - what a rip off!! I would cry if I spent more on the pattern then on the fabric itself! And I never pay a whole lot for the fabric either. I like to keep my total cost under $10 an item, including zippers, etc. so I stalked remnants and red tag like it's my job and have truly come to love broadcloth. Cheap, cotton, pretty, tailored. Love. Moving on to the fun pictures - though please excuse my facial expressions, less than perfectly clean hair, and the remotes on the floor.
These are three of my most recent favorites...
I bought these fabrics at JoAnn's when their redtag fabrics were half off - $1.50 & $1.00 per yard. I think I bought 3 yards of each... The print is navy & purple leaves with pink background and the more solid is kinda like a crosshatch texture in purple & pink. I made this dress weeks ago to wear to a baby shower for a sweet friend (remember the nursery?!) This might be one of my all time favorite dresses in my closet right this very second. So very very wearable. No spanx required - though a racerback bra does come in handy. If I remember correctly - is was pretty easy to master the directions - curvy sewing and all - but I think when it came to the top I made up my own instructions...so be forewarned. And pockets are easy!! Adds a half dozen extra steps but I miss the pockets when I don't have them. I highly suggest this one! You will wear it out! Mine ends up in the laundry every single week.
I also bought this great green stretch cotton, it does have a basketweave kinda texture but I can't remember the official name for this type of fabric at the moment (mom brain!), at JoAnn's half off red tag sale. Maybe $2.00 or $3.00 a yard? Now, I'm fairly happy with how it finally turned out but I will never make this dress again - what a pain! The instructions were impossible to understand. Seriously - I didn't know what I was sewing there for about an hour. I just stared at the gray piece of paper trying to make it make sense. The collar was the hardest part. And I ended up winging it - it's fine - just don't look too closely - it's not the neatest sewing I've ever done. So - cute dress - but no thankyou. And I'm not sure how I feel about the extreme flutter sleeves. The girls at school thought I looked cute, and I will wear it again definitely, but I'm not 100% thrilled with it. Just saying. So don't make this one unless you are a rocket scientist and don't need the directions.
Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 2497
YOU MUST MAKE THIS NOW!!!!!!! Seriously - I am in love. And you can adjust the size of every piece to make sure that it fits you perfectly. (I didn't do that and am glued/spanxed within an inch of my life but I got it zipped and that's all that matters!) I don't think that next time I will put the pockets in. The zipper overlaps the pocket a bit and I couldn't understand how to fix it - so next time - no pockets for me - or I'll try and figure out a way to put the zipper down the back. Probably wouldn't be that difficult. This fabric is just black broadcloth bought with 40% off coupon - so I think 5 yards was around $8.00!!! It's also REALLY REALLY easy to sew - fabric and pattern - so do it now! And I obviously made the maxi dress - but there is a mini and knee length cut lines if you don't want it to the floor. (and the reason I look like I lost a bit of leg - there's a slit and I was hopping to get in front of the timer before it took the picture so there wasn't any time to fluff...)
I mean, c'mon, could the ruffle collar be any cooler?! And I seriously got stopped while grocery shopping this morning - someone asking where I bought my dress - and I felt so bad when their face dropped when I said that I made it. But I was grinning slyly on the inside! THAT is why I sew!!! (and what's that face I'm making?! Weird non-smile smile?!! note to self - cut head off next time...)
Next time I think I'll post the easiest skirt ever - with all kinds of ways to jazz it up without thinking at all. I hope you enjoyed this installment of "indulging Meghan & her sewing"! Have a great weekend!