I hardly ever have time to sew up other designer’s patterns, but I’m always wishing I had more time to!
So, I loved the idea of this designer swap! I could sign up and have a deadline to “make” me finish 😉
Here is a link to the original announcement along with sales by the designers that participated (pssst Patterns for Pirates has a coupon code there! 😉 )
We are also doing a giveaway, rafflecopter posted at the bottom of the page!
I got assigned the California dress by EYMM, which happened to be one of my very favorite designs in Kymy’s collection! And she put it on sale- code: californiasummer will save 25% off the Women’s California or Girl’s California or the California Bundle good April 20 through 27 at 11:59pm PDT at www.eymm.com. It’s a simple dress you could do in a ton of different looks/fabrics and wear all spring, summer, and fall long! She always has a ton of options that wrap up in a quick easy sew!
I went with two fronts so I didn’t have to worry about bra straps 😉 These suckers aren’t staying up in a strapless anymore!
I really wanted to somehow squeeze out a maxi out of my 2 yds, although the pattern called for 3.5 yds. So I had to do some modifying! I spliced the pattern along the casing line and added a little to the front bodice only to make up for my chest size. Otherwise this style always ends up blousing in the back and not in the front on me! I’ve always thought it was one of the easiest styles to alter for a full bust!
I also cut the skirt pieces much less full to accommodate my tiny yardage! I knew it would be too tight to comfortably walk in, so I did slits up both side seams to the “above knee cut line” on the pattern. The lighting here shows off a little more then usually, lol… the fabric isn’t see through at all in person!
I love this style dress for the spring, summer and fall… so easy to throw on and look stylish! I can chase my little guy around in it without worrying about showing anything 🙂
I had a great time sewing this up and plan on wearing it lots!