I want to sew more for me, but it is so hard to make stuff I like! I have wasted too much time and money on fabric and patterns that aren’t flattering. Being slightly chubby doesn’t make it any easier, lol.
I made a dress yesterday that I am pretty happy with.
I used Kwik Sew 3632 and some knit fabric I found online. I have to say that I am in love with this fabric! The line is called “The Style Studio” and is a stretch rayon jersey knit. I looked back at fabric.com’s website and saw that I like several other prints in this line. Yea! I will order a few additional prints to make another dress or two.
If you want an easy-care knit for yourself, I recommend this fabric. It is so soft, lightweight, and not sheer at all.
I have had this pattern in my stash since last year. I bought it so I could try to duplicate one of my favorite dresses I always wear. It came close. To improve it, I think I need to find a simple peasant dress pattern with separate sleeves. This one had the sleeves already connected to the dress, so the fit was a bit awkward.
I tried and tried to get a good picture of myself in the mirror. That is so hard to do!
I don’t have a full-length mirror in the house, and I have to look through the lens of my Nikon, so that makes it very awkward! Luckily, my husband got this shot of me and my little princess when we went to her preschool program. (Update: this post is from May 2011- so before our phone cameras were any good, lol.)
I did make a muslin of this pattern. I didn’t want to cut into the fabric unless I was sure I liked the style. I kind of like how it looks in a cotton fabric, so I may have to try it in cotton sometime.
|(My bathroom is a work in progress… If it ever gets finished,
I will dedicate an entire post to the photos.)
My only modifications were to shirr around the arms and waist instead of making casings. This pattern (Kwik Sew 3632) was a very quick and easy project!
Let me know if you end up sewing one!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.