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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!