I hope all of you have been well. I have the night off from children and hubby (I am in Georgia with his family and they all want to go and get Krystal and see a movie, I gently declined both), so I am using it to my full advantage!
The other years I have done the same, made up a dress to go with the theme. Last year's was on Space, so I crafted a galaxy printed dress, and the year prior was Kentucky Derby, and for that I made a floral sheath and paired it with a light blue hat.
Vogue 1499, an Anne Klein pattern, that features a full, pleated skirt, and a fitted bodice with distinct seamed details and cap sleeves.
It was an easy make, but because I lost any stretch in my fabric by placing the border so it would run parallel to the floor, I had to be extra sure I was right about my size on my bottom half. It fits, and it fits well, but if I gain any weight between my waist and hip, I will definitely be unable to wear it in the future. (Must always ensure I get my steps in and swim!!!)
I can see why Anne Klein has it in her collections. (It is also available in a yellow stripe and grey stripe!) It is very fit and flare, so it truly emphasizes the waist, and if you use a border print fabric, you can make sure to place the print in a way that draws the eye to it.
I found this pin of the same fabric being used in a similar way.
I had a great time at the party, and the dress did well, as I felt comfortable and a bit carefree.
I wrote a blog post at Fabric Mart and did a review of this at Pattern Review, if you would like to see more on this make.
For all of its work, the fabric sure is beautiful, and suited the pattern's silhouette quite well. And because I underlined it in a light blue cotton voile, it was easier to work with (eventually). It also was incredibly breathable and airy and feels fabulous next to my skin.
Simplicity 1059, and is an a-line shaped shift dress with a v-neck, and can be made sleeveless or with longer sleeves.
I knew I couldn't choose a pattern that was super fitted or had too many seams with the georgette, so this fit the bill perfectly.
This was a very simple make, and had I chosen another material (like a cotton lawn), I would have had a very quick make on my hands. I definitely think I can push one of these out in a few hours given a less fussy material.
This dress was written up at the Fabric Mart blog. The pattern was reviewed at Pattern Review, as well.
I had no plan for it, but I knew I wanted to make it ASAP, and probably in a dress. I have worn it a few times since, including on a recent trip to Wisconsin (to the House on the Rock, which if you know this place, you will know my dress looks muted in comparison, lol).
McCall's 7122, which is a dress that features raglan sleeves, a slight a-line skirt, and a slight scoopneck.
The back was cut in two separate pieces, and though I prefer to sew up ones cut on the fold, this type of seaming means there is a gentle shaping, which helps shape the dress to the waist and the hips. I really do like the shape of this garment, and have plans to make future dresses from this pattern.
but I appreciate the Pucci lovers out there for their unconditional love of the crazy. ;-)
Nicole Miller has quite a few fabrics with Joann's, you can check them out here.
The pattern review is at Pattern Review.
Julie's Picks (it's a member only fabric subscription service) and I knew I would have it and make it as soon as I could.
In the end, a comfortable, feminine dress was on order, and I really loved wearing out that evening. I went to China Chilcano, which is a Jose Andres restaurant that fuses Peruvian food with Chinese and Japanese food. It was amazing, and I really enjoyed my Pisco. Yum. After we went to see "The Lobster," a kind of terrible (probably in a good way) hipster movie at a super hipster movie theater. BUT! One of the actresses, Lea Seydoux, is a July 1 baby, too, so I was in the virtual company of a fellow 7/1 child. (It's also the bday of Gigi of CA, my actual birthday twin Sufjan Stevens, and of course, CANADA!)
Butterick 6351, and features a straighter skirt with an elastic waistband (back only), a tulip shaped crossover back bodice, and a button closure.
I had to line the skirt in a slippy fabric to ensure it didn't get caught on my underwear, but other than that, I kept to the plan of the pattern very closely. I love this cutout. It is very summer, and since my birthday is very summer, too, I couldn't think of a better choice for my (much older than I think I am) birthday.
This dress was reviewed at Pattern Review. :-)
I hope you all are having a great summer! I'll check back in with you soon.
P.S. Boden fans, they have upped their sale to "up to 60% off" with an extra 15% off dresses and tops and skirt. That's decent. I just wish they had more in their sale, instead of shuffling some of the older spring and summer stock to "new and now." The link to the sale is below and remember to use the code 3W5C for the extra 15% off those extra items that are eligible.
End of season sale! Extra 15% off Sale Dresses, Tops & Tees, and Mens/Boys Shirts., valid 7/7-7/1