My summer is quickly coming to a close with the new school year approaching in a week. I have definitely enjoyed my time off this summer, but I am ready to get back into a work routine. After a while one feels the need to go back to being a productive member of society! Well I say that now, bet I change my tune in a couple months! But anyhow, I am now on a mission to sew projects that I can wear to school and be cute but comfortable while I work. I keep seeing fellow bloggers whipping out Mccalls 6744, it is a super easy dress for knits. It has an elastic waist, I made the version which is a faux wrap. I love the gathered detailing on the shoulders and how it isn’t too fussy to wear, a lot of times wrap dresses just get annoying with all the adjusting and ties.
This was soooo easy to make! The elastic casing just sews into the seam allowance , and the shoulders are gathered together with small channels of elastic. I didn’t bother sewing the “wrap” part of the skirt because it crossed over far enough that here was no fear of flashing anyone! I made this in a super soft rayon knit from fabric.com, I think they still have it if you are interested. It is a navy blue aztecy type print on cream. It is very opaque, so no worries on your undies showing through!
I think it would look cute with a belt, but last night I just wore it with this bright necklace and some flip flops to a picnic/fair in town. It is so hot and muggy right now, I just didn’t feel like messing with accessories!
I think this will make a great dress for the school year and it could even go into the fall season with a sweater and boots. Done and done, on to the next project!
This week we have had unusually warm weather for January, yesterday was a high of 70. I know this will be short lived and I am way jumping the gun, but it has me giddy for spring and new fun dresses! I found this amazing tribal/Aztec knit on Etsy and I found myself envisioning it made up in Simplicity 2443. This has a simple silhouette with a gathered skirt and a racer back.
I’ve made this dress once before in a peacock print blogged here, and I totally forgot what a pain it was to attach the bodice to the straps. I used a solid black knit that I had in my stash to add some contrast to the straps, I had hoped I would be able to leave off the interfacing however this knit was super flimsy so there was no way around it. I think the interfacing made the straps fit a little strange, and I about lost my cool trying to get the racer back sewn in nice and even. I ended up just top stitching it on and it still is lopsided and less than great… grrrrr… I may go back and try to fix it before I wear this in warmer weather, but for now I plan to wear a sweater over the dress so I am going to give it a rest for now.
Other than the back I love ow it turned out, I am totally digging the tribal print trend right now. Its bright and fun, and this dress is super comfy. I can’t wait until spring gets here! Here’s hoping that ground hog doesn’t see his shadow in a month.