Hurray!!! Finals are over and my spring semester is done!!! Boy am I looking forward to a break...free from homework for a month (until summer classes start) and free time to sew, blog, then sew and blog some more:)
Now that I have a break for awhile I can finally attack the pile of fabrics in my sewing cabinet! I can assure you that throughout the next couple of months you will be seeing a number of the things I now have time to sew. However, since I have not hit that point yet I thought I would share this charming dress with you all today that I was able to whip up during my last two lab days of my Soft Textiles sewing class at college!
Now, before I talk about how much I LOVE this dress I had to share a little of my experiences from taking this class. First, as I have mentioned before I took a sewing class this semester at college (the first of a few that are required) it was AMAZING. Now, for those of you who know (and those that do not) I have been an avid sewer since I was around 12 years old. Granted, I am not the best by far for I have seen some of the projects some of you talented bloggers create, but for me sewing is a passion and something that comes naturally.
While I find it always seems to be mindless work and I consider it my "happy place," to some people sewing is totally confusing and difficult. Thus, when you go to lab your first day of sewing class you come to find just how naturally sewing somehow seems to come for you compared to other students in your class, especially when you finish the assignment and look up to see everyone else still threading there machines!
For our final project we each had different assignments depending on our degrees. Mine was to make a sample notebook (I really wanted to make a dress). However, since I finished my required assignment early, I decided to whip up this fun wrap dress that I made from a McCalls Archive Collection M7087 reproduction of a 1960's Vintage pattern. The original dress was fashioned to have tow rows of buttons down the front with a belt, however I was inspired to redesign the pattern and make it into a 1940's style wrap dress (which proved successful).
Now, while one of my favorite parts about this dress is the fabric. I actually made this dress out of an old sheet!! Yes, an old sheet, which I will be doing more of:) Old sheets work great for making dresses because they are excellent quality, have more width than regular fabric, are cheeper (if you get them thrifted), and come in unique prints. Which leads me to another favorite part of the dress....the print and colors. I must say this dress is my inspiration for spring, from all of the colors to the many flowers variartions!! Thanks to this dress I am really loving Lavender!
|Can you see the cute orange snail?:)|
Another reason I love making my own dresses, is because I can tailor them for my size! This dress in particular has darts in the front and back which really give it a tailored look as well as a wonderful fit on me:)
And apart from the overall success of this project and the many things I love about it, this dress is extremely versitile! It can be worn with sandals as a casual spring/summer dress or you can slip into a pair of heels and have it ready to wear to church. Besides the shoes that change its over all look, you could also throw on a simple sweater or a colored short sleeve cardigan and change the look once again. Needless to say, this dress will be getting a lot of wear for awhile and I might just have to make a sister dress for it?
Thanks to my sister for taking these pictures for me. She insisted I put a few pictures of her in this post, so
As you can tell we have a lot in common fashion wise! LOL! No, we are not alike at all but we are best friends and she is awesome!! According to Taylor she needs to be featured in more posts so you might see her face again??
Does sewing come naturally to you?
What is one of your recent projects?
Have you ever sewn using sheets?
Do you have a pile of fabric waiting to be sewn?