Today's post has been so overdue but I can finally bring you my latest 'Sew Happy' creation. I started making this dress over a month ago and I've been so busy I only got around to finishing it just last week. I'm so happy with the finished results that I've already worn this dress twice in a week!
I was simply over the moon when Simplicity got in touch with me back in June. This was an incredible honour as I am forever using their sewing patterns and I did write a post on a previous pattern I used (for this skirt here) which they happened to read. When looking through their hundreds of patterns I was really inspired to make a fun and girly summer dress. I chose pattern 6776 and after much deliberation I decided to go with option B.
One of the best pieces of advice I read in a sewing book was to only buy fabric you love. I know this sounds really trivial but I have since come to learn it's the first rule of sewing. The sheer volume of hours and effort you put into a sewing project aren't worth it if you don't LOVE your fabric.
I take no credit for the fabulous toast print; I first saw this amazing fabric on my print-loving-twin Sammi- From The Soubrette Brunette here. Sammi and I both have a similar taste in quirky prints and when I saw this dress on her I just knew I had to have it in my life! Alas, at that moment in time Modcloth had sold out and it was not meant to be. I didn't give up and after much research I was delighted to discover it was a Robert Kaufman print and UK fabric store sold it online and then- almost like magic- a week later it went on sale! SCORE!
My favourite element of pattern 6776 has to be the waist panel which for my pear-shape-body-shape is perfect. Fit and flare dresses are my favourite style of dress to wear especially in summer. What is also a great bonus about this pattern is that you have so many different options to chose from- added belt, thicker shoulder straps, v-neck, scoop etc. I hadn't made a v-neck dress before so this was a first. For me the bodice part of making the dress took the longest as the fit had to be perfect.
If you are thinking of making a dress I think this is a fantastic summer style that can also be made to look retro. I prefer my dresses quite long so I had this just above the knee but the length is adjustable to suit any personal style. I received dozens of compliments at work that day from people asking where I bought my dress, which really was the cherry on the cake. If you've ever made anything before, you'll know you really cannot beat the feeling of saying "Thank you! I made this" when someone compliments your outfit.
|Dress- Fabric from Frumble|
Dress Sewing Pattern- Simplicity Sewing Pattern 6776
Stay tuned I plan to do a step by step sewing tutorial of how to make your own apron in the next week or sew!