I’ve been sewing like crazy this past week. I’m a sewing machine! (Get it? You get it.) I mentioned a few posts ago that I was working on a dress, and I finished it up Friday night, at which point I jumped right into making another dress – and I finished that dress in only a few hours. I wore the first dress on Saturday to a lovely outdoor wedding, but I didn’t get any pictures. I debuted the second dress on Sunday at church (with a cardigan, which I removed for these pictures).
I love this fabric so much. It’s a Swiss dot that I got on clearance at JoAnn’s, after nearly giving up on finding anything cute. I modified New Look 6910, view D, by omitting the pleats in the back (too much volume over my behind!) and making the bodice strapless. I really like this pattern, but I would suggest making it smaller than you think you need. Like, way smaller. The measurements given on the back don’t really seem to be accurate, and I ended up having to take it in a good bit. The bodice is still a bit too big. I’m hoping to become an expert on fit and alterations, so that I can make clothes that flatter me perfectly. It really does make such a difference.
I styled this dress pretty casually. It’s summer, and I love the look of a simple, pretty dress with minimal fuss. These sandals are getting a bit worn, but I still love them. I got them at Target four summers ago, and they are the perfect flip-flops – braided leather(ish) straps, bronzey detailing, casual and pretty all at once. I decided to wear my big ol’ necklace, which looks like strawberry candy, and because I chose to wear that, I forewent belting the dress. I think that would have just been too much, and I kind of wanted to let the dress stand alone. I added sunglasses and a homemade bracelet, and I was good to go.
Well, I’m off to my sewing machine. I have another dress in the works, and about five swimming around in my head. Let’s see how long this streak lasts!