This is a brand new pattern from McCall's that I picked up at the, you guessed it, pattern sale. When I walk outta the store with a new stack of patterns in hand I feel like I just made money and that feels great! Especially when I pick up one I can use over and over like this one.
It's McCall's 7534 and although I was thinking ahead to spring when I made this it is truly a seasonless dress. A simple cardigan would make this great in the fall. The pattern in suitable for woven fabrics although I chose an ITY knit. It's not a fabric I choose very often even though there are plenty of them out there but it turned out to be a perfect choice for this dress. It's comfortable, flows nicely and washable.
The pattern is really simple and goes together quickly. The most time consuming part of putting it together was matching the graphic design before I cut it out. I added 4 inches to the length as I'm a knee length gal but other than that I made it just like the pattern.
I can certainly add this to my TNT pattern list. I'm excited to make it again. Wouldn't it be cute in one of those drapey linen/rayon blends in a pretty color?
Happy Sewing Friends!
I read somewhere “When you find French terry, buy now, ask questions later.” So that’s what I did. This fabric from Fabricland in Orange County is gray on the sweatshirt side and black on the terry side. It’s soft, medium weight and to die for. I originally thought I would make a t-shirt/sweatshirt dress of some kind but after I saw Burda 7184 made up I knew it would be perfect.
Although this is a simple pattern and it went together in under 2 hours, Burda patterns are not for the beginner. I love many of the designs they offer but their instructions are difficult to understand and the pattern pieces don’t have very many pattern markings. If you want to make a Burda pattern, I suggest you pick something that you can put together without step by step directions.
All that said, this pattern was well drafted and the pieces flowed together easily. Part of the reason it was such a quick sew is I used my serger to finish all of the edges and hem. A major timesaver and great detail.
Even though I enjoyed making it, when I first put it on I didn’t like how it looked! What? It felt heavy and too long but after I put an entire outfit together and the weather turned cold, it turns out I love it. I’ve worn it at least ten times so I don’t know what I was thinking.
I still have some projects to share with you from my sewing during Christmas and on my cutting table now are two “unselfishsewing” projects, believe it or not.
Happy sewing my friends. Diane
That's right folks! Today is my birthday and no matter what I do they just keep comin'. So why not celebrate? Use code ITSMYBIRTHDAY now through January 20th and received 25% off all PDF patterns in the store. And feel free to eat cake too!
It’s great to be back from a break. I enjoyed time with my gang (everyone was home!), did lots of cooking and even more eating and even had time to sew a few things. I feel rejuvenated and creative and excited to get going.
I always make new year’s resolutions and goals for the year that without a doubt include where I want my sewing to go. As most of you know, even with the best laid sewing plans it’s easy to get distracted by some new fabric, new pattern or an exciting thing you see on Pinterest (this is my "I Wanna Make This" board...not enough time).
I thought it would be fun for my students (and maybe even you) to choose a sewing goal for the year. I’ll be hanging them on a board in our classroom for us to have fun with all year. I made these tags and pulled them out last Monday and explained the idea. Some people grabbed the tag and wrote it down right away and some had to think about it. There are no rules here...and they can add a goal at any time. Even though it was fun to come up with something it was even more fun hearing what other people had planned. Here are just a few:
In 2017 I Want To Make...
So...what do you want to make in 2017? A pencil skirt, a perfect t-shirt pattern, baby quilt, new pillows for the bed, your first pair of pants....what is it? Grab a tag and write it down.
Put them in the comments or add them to Instagram or Facebook tagged #SewIt2017. Don’t forget to tag photos of your finished stuff too.
Have fun with it friends! I can’t wait to hear them....and see them!
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.