A Coral Moneta

I recently completed this wonderful, silky Moneta that is perfect for summer.  The fabric is so soft and has the perfect drape for this dress.  I love the coral color for summer and I know I am going to get a ton of use out of this dress.

This isn’t my first Moneta.  Maybe I will get around one of these days of photographing the first one I made and post it here.  But I love this dress!  First off, I have to say that the Moneta pattern is probably my most favorite dress pattern of all!.  I love knit dresses because they are so comfortable, and this dress is so simple yet elegant that I can see myself only making these the rest of my life and being perfectly content with that.

This is an easy project.  The only thing that is a little difficult is shirring the skirt.  I think this could get a lot easier though as I get more practice with it, or at least I hope it does.

With my first Moneta, I used a twin needle for the hems, but I wasn’t too pleased with the results.  The threads on the sleeves popped with that dress and now it needs to be redone.  This time I decided to try a regular old zig zag stitch to hem and I have to say, I think I prefer it to the twin needle method.  It doesn’t look bad at all and it was much easier to do at that.  And I am all about making my sewing easier and more simple.

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Pattern:  Moneta by Colette Patterns

Fabric:  A silky ITY jersey knit from Fabric.com

Version:  2

Size:  XS

Modifications:  Lengthened skirt a little.  Shortened bodice by 1 in.  Re-drafted back neckline higher.

What do you think?  Do you love Moneta’s as much as I do?

Newlook 6262 Dress

Well guys, it’s been a long time!  I took a long break from blogging, which felt good and was much needed.  Now, I have decided to close down my Instagram account in an attempt to get social media out of my life and simplify more.  I’m not going to go into all the details about that decision here but I feel it is the right thing for me.  Now, the only social media account I have is Pinterest.

I was posting my recent makes on Instagram while I took a break from the blog and so now since I am closing that account, I decided to try putting my makes back up on the blog for a while and see how it goes for me.  Things will be a little different this time though.  I am planning on keeping it strictly to posts of what I’ve made and nothing else for a while.  I want to keep it simple so I can focus on the things I enjoy more in life, like creating.

This will be a trial run and I may one day decide to stop blogging altogether if it starts to become a negative thing in my life.  But I really would like to have some sort of platform to share my creations, document my progress, and inspire others.  So I’m giving it a go again.

This is my most recent creation: the Newlook 6262 dress.  It is a great little fit and flare dress that was very easy to make.  I love this version of it the best with the V-neckline and cap sleeves.IMG_7715IMG_7717IMG_7736IMG_7738IMG_7740IMG_7749

I was surprised with how comfortable this dress ended up being.  The material is thick and pretty stiff, which gives the skirt some structure and a lovely poof, and I thought that would make it feel a little uncomfortable, but surprisingly it wasn’t.

The bodice of this dress is a little loose and I probably would have liked it to be a bit more fitted but overall I really like this dress and would recommend it to others to make.

Details

Pattern:  Newlook 6262 View C

Fabric:  Blue and Green Jacquard sportswear print from Joann Fabrics.

Size and Fitting:  I cut out a 14 at the bust and tapered down to a 12 at the waist for the bodice, then did a small bust adjustment.  Then I ended up taking in more on the sides because it was still too big.  I cut out a size 12 for the skirt.

 

 

 

Oversize Maxi to Pleated Dress Refashion

B-150720 before and afterI certainly love sewing clothes from scratch.  Being able to create exactly what you want from the style to the fit to the fabric is such a wonderful thing.

However, let’s face it, fabric isn’t always cheap.  But what is great about knowing how to sew is that you can always take a cheap thrifted garment and use it to create something fresh and new.

Today’s refashion is a dress that I found at Goodwill.  I was drawn to the fabric.  I love stripes and blue is my favorite color but I also was drawn to the variety of stripes and colors in this particular dress.

Now this dress was huge and when I put it on I was drowning in stripes! But I knew I could try to turn it into something shorter and more fitted, so that is exactly what I set out to do and this is my final result.  What do you think?B-150720-0143 B-150720-0150 B-150720-0163 B-150720-0176

It would have been better if the skirt was a bit fuller for the pleats, but I think it still works.  You could also do this as a gathered skirt option too.

So here is what I did if you want to see! Continue reading

A Navy Polka Dot Megan Dress


navy blue polka dot megan dressnavy blue polka dot megan dressnavy blue polka dot megan dressnavy blue polka dot megan dressnavy blue polka dot megan dressAlright everyone, my Megan dress is finally complete!  This dress was definitely more challenging.  Getting the fit right on a dress is a lot more complicated than fitting a skirt and I really learned that with this project.  By the way, this is the first dress I ever made!

I’ll be honest I was not sure if this particular style of dress was something that I was going to love.  It has an empire waistline and I usually prefer a natural waistline, but honestly I really love this dress and I do think that I would like to make another one in the future.

Originally, I was planning on making a white collar with this dress, but obviously I didn’t and that’s because when it came down to it I was just plain lazy.  I have never made a collar before and I just didn’t feel like investing the time into doing that.

I had so much trouble getting the right fit with my muslins to begin with that I just was not in the mood to try something else I wasn’t familiar with.  But I have to say, I’m very happy with my results and I don’t regret not adding a collar at all.  navy blue polka dot megan dressnavy blue polka dot megan dress

Here are the specifics. Continue reading