Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dress For Summer

I'm getting ready for DOL Ashland.  It starts with a road trip from my Central Coast of California home.  I pick up Lisa here in Santa Cruz,  head up Highway 101 to pick up Helen in Ukiah, over the mountains onto Highway 5 to pick up Annie and then on to Ashland.

The excitement starts building about a week before.  Deciding what to bring, what not to bring I should say.  Every retreat I vow to bring less.  And I'm getting better each time.  This time, with four of us in the car I'll have to tow the line.  Confession, I bought a roof rack for the car!  Just in case!

One of the fun preparations for these clothing design retreats is deciding what to wear.  It's fun to dress for women you know will appreciate it.

I've had time to do a bit of sewing these last two weeks.  Here's Marcy Tilton's new dress pattern I tried in a trio of knits I bought from her at another retreat.  These trios are such a great idea.  I just pick up the package from my stash and it's ready to go.

Sorry, these pics aren't better, I think I need to finally bite the bullet and actually get a camera instead of using my IPhone.

This is made from a white and brown stripped knit in front, one of the trio from Marcy.   The pockets are a burnout knit I got from a sewing pal and the sleeves are a sheer patterned knit that was in the trio.

I made a pair of leggings out of the sheer sleeve fabric and wore them with it.  I'm just not feelin' that great about totally bare legs these days, u-hum, if you know what I mean.  Leggings feel like a security blanket!

The back is from the last of the trio of knits.  It's a puckered lightweight knit, not the easiest fabric to work on.  I did a fairly good job of matching the stripes on the horizontal but the angular strips really suck.  But, hey, that's ok, they're in the back and I can't see them!  You can see a bit of the burnout used on the diagonal bottom piece.

I know I say this frequently but I'm really not a good technical sewist.  I'm not fishing for compliments here, I know my limits.  I'm getting better, slowly.  Stripes are something I haven't tackled a lot.  My strong point in sewing is diving into projects with abandon and not worrying about the perfection, just having fun.  And that's big, I think.  It's really why I sew; to be creative and have fun!

I do love this pattern.  It's like a puzzle but so easy to figure out.  It all went together well.  The final step is bringing the pocket bottoms and hem together to form the draping you see in the first photo.  I like it but you can leave it out.

I will be making this dress again, soon!  Very wearable and flattering.  I finished it last Sunday afternoon, wore it to a party where I got lots of compliments.

Here's my new pincushion that I am mad about.  My friend Suzanne made it for me after I coveted the one she made for herself.  What a sweetheart, eh?  I can't tell you how much I love this.  There's something about the colors and texture that brings joy to my heart every time I lay my eyes on it.  It's filled with crushed walnut shells that make for a very good feel when you push a pin into it.

It's going to Ashland!

That's all for now, I'll report on DOL upon my return.

ps, the epic fail is on it's way.  It's just more fun to show stuff I like!


  1. Beautiful combination of fabrics, the colors and the contrast between sheer and opaque. I'm looking forward to your report from DOL. I'm sure you will have lots of fun! Katharina

  2. When you are matching stripes or plaids. have you ever tried pressing (OMG an iron ) one seam allowanceunder and then placing the pieces right side up aligning the lines. Do a slip basting thru the folded under piece thru the second piece. Open out, right sides together and stitch along the basting on the wrong side. This works quite well for me

  3. I like your stripes in the back...I really think it adds to the dress. If they were off by a smaller amount, that would look like a mistake. ;)

  4. If you didn't have the stripes set off like that on the back, you wouldn't know there was a seam there and the design feature would be lost. It give a diagonal line across your butt which is much more flattering than a horizontal line. I think this is much better than matching the lines there!

  5. Actually, the mismatched stripes at the back are perfect. It shows the design line. If they matched it would be lost. Have fun at DOL!

  6. The fabrics you chose are perfect for this dress. They show off all of the interesting seam lines so well. And the back looks fine the way it is. Better not to match the stripes in this case.
    I hope you have an absolute blast at DOL. I'll be eagerly awaiting your next blog post!

  7. Your dress is the prettiest one I've seen made out of that pattern, including the one on the pattern envelope!
    I love what you said about diving into projects...not worrying about the perfection, just having fun. Thank you for saying's HUGE!!!!

  8. Can't wait to see you all in Ashland,

  9. Love your version of this dress. It's next on my list - the fabric is downstairs, pretreated, waiting. I grinned when I saw your pockets - that's the fleecy lacy meshy piece I got from Mood last year, I think. I used it here: and here: Mood called it "Rich Brown/ Black Misc Knits- Novelty" and I loved it - the way you used it and the way I used it. :) Thanks for sharing. My version of the dress should be off the sewing machine next week.


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