Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Pair of Sundresses

This isn't really sewing... it's cheating. But after seeing the always stylish Mimi G's version, I knew I had to have one... or two.

I have to admit, after being exposed to the vast variety of quality apparel fabrics that are available online, I've become somewhat of a fabric snob. I do still score some fabric finds from time to time at Joann Fabrics, but more often than not I just go there for my notions and patterns. They have carried these pre-shirred fabrics for years. I've never given them a second look because they usually have a more juvenile appeal in length and print. However, this season they have introduced a maxi length version in some great prints. Last time I checked they had four prints available in this length. They are a bit pricey- but you really don't need much in yardage. You just need enough to wrap around your body with a few inches extra for straps. In the end you still get a bargain compared to a shirred maxi dress that you would find in the RTW stores.
So I cut the width four inches smaller than my high bust measurement. Then I sewed the back seam using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. This makes for a circumference that is 5 inches smaller than the high bust. It is comfortable to wear without any slippage.
I had to take up the hem about 3 to 4 inches. I'm 5' 4",  so even taller girls can get a maxi length dress with this fabric.
Each dress took me about an hour to complete.
I have worn the blue and green version out once and received tons of compliments, even from strangers! Not bad for an instantly gratifying project that's practically sewn for you already. Plus- this is totally maternity appropriate. There is plenty of volume in the midsection to allow for a growing belly. Mine is 15 weeks in these pictures.


  1. Ok, you've sold me- I need to curb my distain in the Hancock fabrics- cuz you look great in this!

  2. Congratulations! What a great set of dresses to get you through your pregnancy!

  3. You look absolutely stunning! I'm going to have to cheat, too. You've talked me into it. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I am soooo happy for you. Children are so rewarding. At the end of our lives, it will be our greatest accomplishment.

  4. Jenny you look so gorgeous in theses dresses what an awesome sewing project! The fabrics are great and work perfectly I can understand why you were getting compliments. They look super cute and comfy for your maternity wardrobe as well!

  5. Love it! I didn't realize they had shirred maxi print fabric. I better go check it out!

  6. What great summer dresses! I didn't know they had shirred maxi length... I'll definitely need to go check it out. Thanks for the heads up!