Thursday, June 12, 2014

Inspiration – Summer Dresses

Dresses are so nice for the summer.  Cool to wear and very easy dressing. 

Here’s the first dress:
Such a cute little bee print. It has a shallow v-neck with cap sleeves, seamed waistband with a front knot detail, an a-line skirt with front double pleats, lightly fluted hemline, and a hidden back zipper.  It is made from a viscose/cotton fabric with a polyester/acetate lining.  Price tag:  $1999.00.  It is certainly worth heading over to Neiman Marcus to check out.  It is part of the pre-fall collection.

Next up:

This is the Sleeveless Side-Panel Ruched Sheath Dress by Carolina Herrera.  I love the Ruching on this dress (I would actually call that gathering since it is a pleat section attached  to the seam and not applied.). It has a shallow v-neck and is sleeveless, a bias panel on the left side with ruching, and slim pencil skirt with a hidden back zipper. It is made from a wool/spandex/nylon blend.   Price tag:  $1990.00.   It is worth heading over to Neiman Marcus to check out the details.

The final dress:

The color blocking is nice on this dress. It gives the illusion of a slim hourglass figure whether you are or not. It has a round neckline with a keyhole detail, capped sleeves, nipped waistline, knee length a-line skirt, and a hidden back zipper.  It is a viscose spandex blend.  Price tag:  $2390.00.  Head over to Neiman Marcus to check out the details using the zoom feature.  

One thing I noticed is that most of the dresses are knee length or slightly longer.  I like that.  What do you think of the slightly longer length in the hemlines? 

Hope your inspiration to create your own sheath dress.  I have seen similar patterns for the second and third dress but don’t remember seeing anything for the first day.  Let me know if you know of a similar pattern.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, June 9, 2014


Shirtdresses are a wonderful addition to your wardrobe.  They are quick and easy dressing.  Here's a couple of feminine shirtdresses to consider:

Let's start with The Sally Shirtdress pattern by Serendipity Studio.  This pattern has four variations in three lengths.  It certainly has the classic shirtdress look.  However, look again.  The waistline fitting is accomplished with pleats giving you the perfect fit.  Check it out using the link and you will see other variations.  Sizes are XXS to XXL. 

Here's a sleeveless version of the Hawthorn Dress pattern by Colette Patterns.  This pattern provides a peplum top with short sleeves, sleeveless dress, and a 3/4 length sleeve dress.  This is a very feminine silhouette.

What do you think of shirtdresses? 

Happy Stitching!