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Show Your Stoff Tour: Pia Dress

Hey, Sewists! I am back at it this week with Melissa of Mahlicadesigns. She is hosting the Show Your Stoff blog tour and I have jumped on board once again.  Melissa has teamed up with Zierstoff Sewing Patterns and they have graciously allowed all tour participants their choice of pattern(s) to stitch up and share. I chose the Pia Dress.  The Pia Dress is a very quick sew pattern that features bust darts, pleats in the skirt, and a flattering waistband detail.

First, let’s talk fabric.  For this dress, I used 2 yards of Strawberry and Black Medallion Print Jersey from Fabric Mart.  This was one of their pre-cut fabrics that I picked up during a sale last year.  I scored this 2 yard piece for $4.80.  Not too bad!  This fabric has a lot of stretch and drape to it, which makes it perfect for an easy summer dress.  This is a busy print that loses the fit details that I like about the pattern. I should have used a contrasting solid black jersey for the waistband, but all my knit fabrics are packed up for the move.

This was my first experience with Zierstoff Patterns and it ended well.  Zierstoff is a small German patterning company doing big things.  They have a wide range of PDF patterns for babies, children, woman, and teens.

Even for ending up with a great dress that will get lots of wear, I started out a bit concerned.  All other PDF patterns I have ever used have a border around the edges that gets cut off before assembling and markings to match the pages together.  Zierstoff patterns do not have this border or markings that print off.  They were in the file on the computer, but they do not print out. I am not a fan of this as it results in some important information missing from the pattern.  See the picture above. On the skirt piece, one of the notches for the pleat in my size (46) would have been in this unprinted area.  As an experienced seamstress and pattern maker I can figure out what is needed to make this work, but as a beginner, I can see being frustrated with this.  Like I said, in the end, I did end up with a great dress so I am very happy.

 

Construction of this dress was a breeze!  It went together very quickly.  I did not even make a single fit alteration!  Crazy, right? I didn’t even have to adjust for length.  The only change I made was to add a lining to each front and back waistband.  In my experience with similar styles, this helps to hold the shape of the bodice that would otherwise be pulled down by the weight of the skirt.

All things considered, this pattern is a real win for me.  It is similar to some of my other favorite dress patterns, but with enough differences in the details that mean, I will enjoy sewing more of them. I will also enjoy wearing it without feeling like I am wearing the same dress in different colors all summer long.

Zierstoff Patterns has been kind enough to offer a discount to all readers too! Use code MahlicaDesigns30 to save 30% through the end of April.

Big Changes

Hey, Sewists! I know it has been awfully quiet around here lately, and I apologize for that.  Part of the silence was because I was working 60-70 hours a week since October.  I barely had time to sew, let alone time to blog. Those days have come to an end and I am back to doing what I enjoy.  The bigger reason for my silence is that Eric and I are making a huge change!  We are moving back to Chicago next month!! This has been a long stressful process and we are finally at the end of it.  I am so excited about this move and what it means for our future.  I have missed blogging so much and I am excited to be at a point where I can get back to it.

Hudson Pant Side

Today, I am blogging over at Cali Fabrics, though. I made some great new pieces including my first pair of True Bias – Hudson Pants.  Come check out my makes and see what the rest of the Cali Blog Squad is up to.

July Stashbusting Sewalong

Hey Stashbusters, welcome to July!  This months stashbusting theme is all about dresses.  This is my second year hosting this theme and I do not even know if I can begin to tell you all how much I love dresses in the summer time!  This may sound crazy to you, but we do not have central air or air conditioning so lightweight airy dresses are a must for me in the summer months.  The warmer the temps are here in the Midwest the more I rely on dresses to help me stay comfortable and cool.  I sort of kicked off this theme on Friday with my Independence Day outfit, but today I am for real kicking it off.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1808

To start I am sharing my version of Simplicity 1808, which is most definitely out of print now.  There are several other reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review already and between those and the fact that it is OOP, I don’t really see the need to add my review to the site.  I will keep my review here short too.  I made this dress way back in February, just in preparation for this month.  It was a quick and easy instant gratification make, that fills a void in my wardrobe for solid basic dresses.  For those reasons I would definitely make more and recommend this pattern to others.  I will probably make at least one more this summer.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1808

Of course I shopped my stash for this dress.  I used 2.25 yards of coral jersey knit that I picked up last year at Zinick’s Fabric Outlet.  Total fabric cost for this project was $3.38!  I know I have said it before but it is still true, Zinick’s is great for discounted fabrics.  Even after wearing and washing, this dress and fabric have held up very well.  I still have quite a good deal of this fabric left too.

Musings of a Seamstress - Simplicity 1808

I have so many dresses to share that I have made earlier this year to prep for this month, as well as several dresses I am currently finishing up.  I am writing my versus posts already.  The first will be a fabric versus, using M6559.  I made the same dress up in two different fabrics and will be comparing how each fabric does.  I also have a shirt dress versus post comparing M6891 to S8014.  I want to do one more versus post but I haven’t decided on what it should be yet.  I also have quite a few pattern reviews to share too.

This month is going to be jam packed with all the dresses and posts I have planned. I guess that means I better get back to my sewing machine.  I hope you will stitch up a dress and share it with the rest of us Stashbusters this month!