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!

July Stashbusting Sewalong: Dresses

Musings of a SeamstressHey stashbusters, this month is all about stitching up those fantastic dresses you have been planning.  I am so excited to be hosting this month!  If you are not yet familiar with the Stashbusting Sewalong, let me introduce you.  We are running a year long sewalong to curb our insatiable fabric collecting tendencies.  Each month there is a different theme to inspire you to sew up you stashed fabrics.  All themes are completely optional, so if one is not quite your thing you can sew up whatever you want that month.  As long as you are sewing through your stash you are on the right track.  You can join our group on Facebook and Flickr.Musings of a Seamstress

Personally, I am on the quest for the perfect dress to wear to a wedding I am attending in August.  I have come up with a few patterns and fabric combinations that I think would work, so I am going to make them all up this month then pick one to wear.  I also have a some posts planned out for different ways to finish dress hems, picking the best dress style for your body types, and adding your own spin on a pattern.McCall's 6073 M6073

I hope you can join along this month!  It should prove to be a great opportunity to use some of those gorgeous fabrics you have been holding onto.

Are you in?