Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Off The Shoulder Dress Pattern Review

The off the shoulder look is everywhere you look this season. From tops, dresses, even swimsuits. I was drawn to McCall's 7543. I love the sleeve variations included in the pattern and it's one that can work for both tops and dresses. 



When I came upon this Ikat-ish woven fabric at Joann's, I instantly thought of the off the shoulder dress. This is a cotton/poly chambray with a woven white print. I spent $23 in yardage. 

I made a size Large (16-18).  I added about an inch to the length. I like my dresses and skirts to hit just below my knees nowadays. Other than this, I didn't make further adjustments. 

This went together easily, no hiccups with construction. I would say a confident beginner could hammer this one out. 

I love the way this turned out. I like that the entire width of the top and shoulders have elastic. I don't feel like I'm going to have a wardrobe malfunction. I can't stand strapless bras and feel quite comfortable sans a bra on this one.  I love the casual, yet special look. It wouldn't look out of place to go to the grocery store, yet still dressy enough for date night! I've already picked out a cute print to make a top version.

~Jenny  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lemon Print Dress

I have coveted this lemon print fabric after seeing it all over the online sewing community! I got mine from Emma One Sock. It is a cotton sateen with a bit of stretch. 


I used New Look 6341. This pattern has princess seams, a pleated skirt and a scooped back. The bodice is lined. I made one size smaller than recommended by the pattern envelope. This went together quickly and I didn't change anything. This cost me about $30. 


I love how this turned out! It is fun to wear and I have received many compliments when wearing it!


~Jenny

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Split Sleeve Gingham Blouse

I love that gingham is back! It screams Spring and Summer. It can work as a neutral to pair up with other prints or can stand alone on its own. Cotton gingham is very easy to work with in sewing. 



For this top, I used Simplicity 8602. I like the loose and easy shape and all the sleeve variations. It even comes with a cold shoulder option which is very on trend. For this, I made the split sleeve version and the longer length. 

I used a blue and white Kaufman cotton gingham fabric I had picked up at a shop in San Francisco while on vacation. 

This went together fast and easy, instructions were just fine. I think this would be great for a beginner and it's an instant gratification project for someone more advanced. 



I didn't make any adjustments for this top. It does come with different bust sizes, up to DD. 

I wore this to the office with black slacks, received lots of compliments. I think this would be super cute with a printed skirt or with shorts. 

I have a lovely, polyester crepe that drapes softly that I am picturing made up in the cold shoulder version. 

~Jenny