Tuesday, June 19, 2018

summer sewing and a request



I absolutely love the beginning of summer here in the desert.  Getting up early to beat the heat is fun, and coming back to an air-conditioned house after working with Nick feels so luxurious.  Glasses of ice water, then peeling off wet and filthy riding clothes, and finally showering and cooling off are blessings in this climate.

There is absolutely no way that I would wear tight clothing during this season.  I have sewn a few dresses this month, and they reflect my need to stay cool!  First up is M6885 and the review is found here-M 6885 review




This shirtdress is loose fitting with a pleat below the "popover" placket (say that really fast three times).  The collar and placket are standard but the shape of the dress is a slight lantern due to the pleat.  It's cute but not entirely flattering to an hourglass shape.  I do like the color blocking and will try this pattern again, reducing the overall length of the bottom band.

Next up is another loose-fitting shirtdress but this is an adaptation of a Sewing Workshop pattern for the Florence shirt.  I extended the length by 2 7/8 inches and moved the horizontal pleats down near the hem.  I like the way the pleats force the vent (my addition) to open, allowing the front of the dress to hang higher than the back.  The Florence shirt comes with long sleeves, and I only had a bit over 2 yards of a lovely checked voile.  So, I altered the sleeve pattern to make very short sleeves.  I like this dress a lot, and think the pattern will become much used in my stash.

Some great features:



pleated and angled
   pocket 

yoke on the cross grain and back placket

excellent matching

wonderful buttons

My review is found on PatternReview click here

I entered this dress in the Shirtdress Contest and hope I get some love :-)  The contest gallery is found right here.  Please take a moment to enjoy the gallery and vote if you are interested.  The voting ends on the 25th I believe.  Thanks!!





14 comments:

  1. Cute SW make Mary, love the fabric and the look with the lowered pleat. I'm going to post a great success on the new Jalie sleeveless shirt pattern. LOVE it and it would be a wonderful summer shirt dress...hmmmmmm.
    Pets to Nick and Grif, and I'll get myself over to PR!

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing the Jalie shirt, and what wonderful fabric you chose. Nick is doing great-he is absolutely handsome in his summer slicked hair coat. He and I do 4-5 rides a week, with 1-2 in the arena. Going to Catalina State Park on Sunday with a group. :-)

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  2. I LOVE that checked dress! I like the style, the fabric, color, everything about it. You look great in it, too. Off to cast a vote for it!

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  3. Love both of your dresses and the sea gull fabric is so cute. I am so glad bird fabric is still going strong.

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  4. Very sweet dresses, Mary! I especially like the lengthened Florence. So what is this “air conditioning” thing of which you speak? We’re having our version of a heat wave (don’t laugh!) and could use more of that cool stuff around here. My studio is a literal sweatshop!

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    1. No AC? Do you have a fan or a swamp cooler? ☀️🌡☀️

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  5. I'm sorry I don't let you know more often how much I enjoy your blog! We are of the same mind set on so many things! Your shirts are lovely and I logged into PR for the first time in a very long time just to vote for you!

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    1. Thank you and I appreciate you as a reader here🌵

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  6. Wonderful adaptation of the Florence shirt. So much more interesting than the standard shirt dress, especially when paired with the textured voile. You certainly get my vote.

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    1. Thanks so much-I made a standard shirtdress early on and it was so much work. In the end, it just looked boring and standard.

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  7. Love that shirtdress and both look really cool for your hot climate. We are having a lovely summer here in the U.K. and it’s not too hot i’m Pleased to say. Voted for you.

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    1. Hi Jenny, it's nice weather on this side also but hot in the desert. 105F today. Thank you for the compliment on the dress and your vote.

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