June 23, 2010

Summer and a Dress

Normally I can't claim such perfect timing, but somehow I managed to finish the first sundress of the season right before the first day of summer (in Portland, anyway) and super close to the summer solstice.

It's based on the sundress pattern in Carefree Clothes for Girls. It was super easy with the added benefit of no buttonholes (Why am I afraid to try buttonholes and zippers?). This book was translated from Japanese and an interesting difference about sewing patterns in Japan is that they don't include seam allowances. So you either have to add them yourself, or cheat like I did. I just made a dress one size larger than I normally would. It worked quite well.

The only things I changed about the pattern were to skip the pocket (although I think I would do one in the future) and to use ric rac instead of lace at the bottom, like this super cute version on the Purl Bee.
I'm definitely going to be making more of these (especially considering the sizeable stash-building bundle of fabric I brought home from The Fabric Depot's most recent sale... Ahem.).

Happy sewing—and summer—everyone!


Regina said...

The dress is adorable. I the the blues. I did the same thing in way of sizing so I wouldn't have to mess with seam allowances. :)

figgys said...

Can you make me one in size 8 adult? Please and Thank you!
SO NICE to be with you today!

Mama Magpie said...

Thanks Shelly, you're so sweet! We had a blast and can't wait for the next photo shoot!

Mom said...

This dress is adorable. What a beautiful job you did! You are quite an accomplished seamstress. Makes a Mom proud! I love you.