It’s officially a tradition now: this is the third year I’ve participated in the Sew American Blog Tour, hosted by Wild + Wanderful!
I love, love, love the 4th of July. So you don’t have to ask me twice to sew up a little something new to wear that’s red, white, and blue!
A few weeks ago, I tried out one of the new Patterns by Gertie (she just switched from the Butterick line to the Simplicity line, so this one of the first Simplicity patterns of hers), Simplicity 8873. It has a high, squared-neck and shoulder ties (the vintage inspiration for the dress came from a black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina), and gathered skirt or circle skirt options.
Here was my first go at the pattern:
I loved it.
It has four cup sizes included, so I feel like that helped in getting me a pretty darn good fit on the first try. It’s not perfect, but it is quite good. Also, I typically have to remove length between the shoulders and the high bust line, but I didn’t have to do that with this pattern because of the adjustable straps. Win.
This black and white version had the gathered skirt and no trim, so for my next go I wanted to try the trim version and the circle skirt. And I had the most absolutely perfect fabric on hand from Boho Fabrics! Check out the final result:
Is this a dress for a 4th of July picnic, or what?!
I will admit that it didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned. For some reason, I thought it was a flared skirt more like the Night and Day Dress, so I planned on doing some fun matching with the rows of checks along the center seam, to make that nice little chevron effect on the front center. . . except there is no center seam, which I discovered in my sleepy haze of cutting. The front is cut on the fold, for a circle skirt.
So, while I intended to cut the skirt panels on the bias, instead, I cut the bodice on the bias, which really does give a nice effect anyway. I love that about plaids, it’s fun to play with the bias.
Pause for fabric debate: Is it gingham, or is it plaid? You tell me! I really don’t know. Gingham is supposed to be just white and one contrasting color, but my fabric is three colors . . . but the symmetry and checks lends itself to gingham . . . additionally, a true plaid would have a more intricate design to it . . . I kinda want to call it gingham.
Here’s a close up on that ricrac that’s sewn in between the bodice and the facings, it’s such a fun touch!
Add hat from Goodwill, and this vintage basket purse and I cannot wait for our annual 4th of July Party!
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to take a look at the other stops in the Sew Americana Blog Tour— these ladies blew it out of the water!
And, as for me, here’s what I’m up to lately:
Watching: Jane the Virgin! We’re midway through the season! Thursday mornings are coffee, snuggles, and me watching last night’s episode!
Reading: I just finished the Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. I’ve read all of hers and recommend her, but this one was probably my favorite of hers. Moving on to the Handmaiden’s Tale, simply because I don’t think I’ll ever have the chance to watch the show, but I do think the concept sounds like a good read.
Making/Sewing: I have one last Jane Set jumpsuit in my sewing room, waiting to be hemmed. It’s cowgirl themed, it’s way over the top, and I cannot wait to wear it this weekend at a car show!
Listening: I just finished the podcast Root of Evil. Very good and weird. I’m usually not a true crime podcast listener (because it makes me feel sad), but this one was done by the family of the probable killer of the Black Dahlia, and is about their whole family history over the past few generations since the murder. It’s out there. And not for listening when kids are around. I had to walk around with earbuds in all day.
Thanks for stopping!