Lisette 2059- Blue flowers

I have actually worn this dress A LOT, I just haven’t sat down and had a chance to post it until now. This is another Lisette dress (junkie I tell ya) and it is probably the most comfortable dress I own. I made this in March when it was still chilly and wore it with boots and a cardigan, and now it is transitioning nicely into the 90+ degree weather.

There’s really not a whole lot to this one, it is literally two panels sewn together with a little bit of gathering at the neck line and binding around the arm holes and the neck, and then a self belt to tie it up. Done! I used a super duper soft knit, it is so light and breezy.  I don’t think knits were actually a recommended fabric, but as you know I am a fabric recommendation rebel, it turned out great in this instance. 

This dress is simple, QUICK and can be made up in all sorts of fabric. I’ll most likely revisit this one. Everytime I wear people are like oh my goodness! You MADE that! you are so talented. And I’m like oh stop… no go on! 

If they only knew! hee hee!

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Perfect plaid sundress

I have been eyeballing this vintage rainbow plaid cotton from someone’s grandma’s estate sale on Etsy for about a month. I finally talked the seller down on the price and I snatched it up, I am inlove with the bright colors and how light and airy the cotton is. I washed it to get the grandma stank out of it and it didn’t shrink in the tiniest bit. Its strange though because when I iron this I can still get a hint of old lady closet from the steam, but eff it. I have had the Lisette passport dress pattern in my stash for a hot one, and this was a match made in heaven. Its a simple dress, and the light cotton will be great for these hot ass Kentucky summers.

Here I am at the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair this weekend, my most favorite annual art fair.

 

The dress was pretty fun to make, the darts in the front really make the dress. I have read several of the reviews for the dress and some people left the pleats open, however I felt like this would bother me and look a little sloppy so I stuck with the directions and sewed them closed. Also, there was an abundance of complaints about the side zipper. Having just struggled with a side zipper on my Peggy Olson dress, I got a longer zipper and sewed it in the back of the dress, I am really happy I did this, I think it turned out much better than if I had gambled with a side zipper.

I was a little tipsy when I took these pictures so don’t mind my disheveled hot mess hair. I also didn’t bother putting in the facings as many others suggested and I just used turquoise bias tape instead, worked out great no muss no fuss. I love this dress! I got mad compliments too, I think this dress will be making the rounds quite a bit this summer 😀


Meeee-yow

Spring is here and that means it is time to start breaking out the dresses! And no tights! Thank you Lord! I have had this little obsession as of late with shirt dresses, and those ole Lisette patterns too! I just can’t stop, I am like a moth to the flame. I got into my pattern stash and found Simplicity 2246, I have made view A a couple of times now, but haven’t attemped the short sleeved version C yet so the time is now! I stumbled into this black and white cheetah print cotton and I immediately had visions of a cheetah print shirt dress with a flared hem dancing in my head… grrr baby very grrrr!

This dress actually went really quick! I think I’m getting the hang of this shirtdress thing. I made the whole dress in this cotton print instead of going two toned as they feature it on the envelope. It buttons all the way down the front and gathers around the waist. I decided to leave out all the interfacing except for the collar, this cotton is pretty heavy and didn’t really need any extra stablizer. Its a good thing too because you can’t see underpants through the white material!

I had to take the hem up about 4 inches, and I still have it hitting just below the knee, I like that it has a bit of 40’s spunk but the cheetah print brings it more up to date. I didn’t use the the button guide, I placed them strategically to avoid any gaping holes.

I am pretty excited about this dress! While he was taking these photos I told my husband I wanted to bust this out at work tomorrow, and he acted astonished and said I should save it for a special night out. Save it? Special night out? I think not! This cheetah needs to see the town! Reeewr!

 


Simplicity “Lisette” 2245 top in green

This Lisette pattern has been in my stash for a while now so today after finishing up some long overdue projects I decided to knock this bad boy out as well. I wanted to make the top version, and I am in love with the green version of the dress on the pattern envelope so I found a similar cotton fabric. It was an easy project, but I keep finding that when I sew with cotton no matter how challenging the piece is, fabric choice makes a huge difference in difficulty level. Captain Obvious here, right? Hey, when you are self taught sometimes these blatant “eureka’s” can lead you to a path of glory.

I followed the instructions complete from start to finish and only have a couple alterations/gripes on the finished product.  The pattern instructed to interface the entire yolk and sleeve cuffs, however I think I have quickly learned to spot “over interfaced” patterns and when this much stabilizer is really neccessary. I went ahead and omitted all the interfacing on this shirt all together. My cotton is pretty thick and sturdy and with the extra interfacing it would have felt like wearing cardboard. For thinner more flimsy material I would interface the yolk, but not the sleeve cluffs.

Second, I had a feeling this top would turn out short so I added a couple inches to the length. Well as you can see, it still ended up being a little shorter than I would prefer, but since I have a short torso and I am pushing 5’3″ the length is acceptable. That being said however, for someone who is taller than me this top would end up being a belly shirt! I don’t know if that was what they were going for with the look, but if you aren’t into the Britney Spears circa 1999 look I’d make sure to add on at least 3 to 4 inches to the length.

Finally, I struggled immensely with the button tabs on the back neck closure. I always get pretty ticked when I have to invert material through tiny channels but this was ridiculous. It was so small you were supposed to use a needle to turn it inside out. I finally said screw it and just made buttonholes. The tabs on the yolk are clearly less than perfect, but oh well- I have long hair.

Other than that I love the top, I would make it again with these changes in mind for sure. Its snowing outside now so I am wearing it out with a long sleeved white shirt underneath. It looks cute layered so don’t wait until summer to break it out!


Lisette shirtdress round two

Over my Holiday vacation, I took advantage of my time off and caught up on some projects that I have had on the back burner for a while, a couple were some remakes. I have found that I really like wearing shirtdresses and have gotten a lot of wear out of the ones I have made. One of which is the Lisette shirtdress 2246, I made this a while ago in a green gingham blogged here. I absolutely love this dress, its cute comfy and stylish for any situation, I get tons of compliments on it. I had bought blue mens shirting fabric quite some time ago to remake it in, similar to the picture on the pattern. The plain blue looked chic but adds a professional flair to it so I could pair it with tights and wear it to work. This material however ended up being pretty heavy and stiffer than I remembered and I don’t think it was well suited for this dress.

The stiffness didn’t allow for any movement and made the bottom flare out more than I would prefer. It also bunched and crinkled with my waist belt and overall I think it made me look bigger than I am. I am keeping my fingers crossed that a few washings will soften it up a bit but not shrink it down too terribly much.

The contruction of the dress was much easier this time, even though its been quite some time since I made the last one. I opted to only use interfacing on the collar since the fabric was already thick as heck, and than goodness for that decision! I decided to go with snaps again, I swear I’m a snap addict. The pockets and stitching came out pretty clean, I was pleased with how these turned out.

This one turned out ok, but hopefully it’ll get a little more worn in and become as beloved as its plaid sister.


Lisette 2060- getting ready for Fall!

 

As soon as I saw the new line of Lisette Simplicity patterns I immediately became obsessed with 2060. This is a very retro 60’s inspired dress (in my opinion) with a contrasting neckline and a matching belt. The lisette fabrics that were released at Joann’s were actually really pretty too, however even on sale I thought they were overpriced so I decided to make my own version.

 I had this fun retro scalloped cotton print which was perfect for this dress, so I began a search for a purple/raspberry solid that would go with it well. I found this fuschia material which I am still not entirely sure what ts called, it is a polyester on the outside and the interior is a shiny satin. Its a bit heavier than the cotton, but since this is a Fall dress it is well suited. Although I will say that since its thicker it doesn’t gather as well with the belt, but it won’t stop me from rocking it out.

Here is the interior:

The dress itself was not bad, the challenge was mostly working with two fabrics that differed in texture, but they were both very stable soI didn’t struggle too much. The center neckline on the dress piece was supposed to be gathered, however this fabric wasn’t having it with the gathering and it would have looked too bunched and scrunched had I forced it so I just made one pleat instead.

Sorry I took these pictures at night and the contrast is a little wacky. This dress also gave me the opportunity to try out the button holes on my new machine and they turned out absolutely perfect! I was so astonished by how automatic and beautiful they turned out with virtually no effort- I am used to making my own manual button holes with my mechanical machine. Truth be told though, I did screw one up with my seam ripper, but I was able to hand repair it- it doesn’t look as fabulous as it did pre-hole torn but the button covers it so oh well.

The rest of this dress was easy- it was a box dress and just pieced together like a simple puzzle. My favorite part of this dress was making the obi-belt. It was so simple and had decorative top stitching added around in rows. Mine is definitely not pristine by any means, but nobody will notice! I think I may use the belt pattern by itself to make some fun belts for other outfits.

I love this dress, it was definitely a fun one to make and it really has me excited for Fall clothes! I am not completely done with summer yet, but after making this dress I am starting to look for more retro/vintage inspired pieces. My husband and I have been on a Mad Men marathon kick lately too so I am really falling in love with the 50’s poofy style dresses too.