Monday, May 18, 2009

Shirtdresses for Spring

After two weeks of no sewing, I wanted to make something fast, and easy. So I made view D, the sleeveless version of McCalls 5661 blouse. using 1 yard of a 60 wide poly print from the G Street $2.99 table. I loved the print of circles in brown, beige, teal and citron green. If it had been in silk or even cotton I would have had been in fabric heaven, but it was in shiny finish polyester. Oh well. I eliminated the back opening with the plan to use an invisible zipper in the side seam if I had needed it. It slips on over my head easily. I have been thinking a lot about sewing dresses lately. I don’t know why. It doesn't seem like women wear dresses that much anymore. At least not the ones I work and play with. But dresses make summer dressing a snap, especially shirtdresses in comfortable breathable fabrics. I am currently enamoured with this one, which is from the Newport News catalog. For some reason I really like the simplicity of a simple shirtdress in a solid khaki colored fabric, embellished with self fabric roses.


The price was actually pretty reasonable, but they only had it in one very small size. It must be a popular item. The "roses" look more free form than ones for which I have instructions. So I am currently collecting information on making fabric roses from internet sources and books. I have found some interesting techniques that I had not seen before. I have a lightweight twill blend fabric that I am considering using. It is cross woven tan and black so it has a slight iridescence when it moves or changes direction.I thought that effect might be interesting when made into the roses.
I'll keep you updated.

8 comments:

gwensews said...

That's a cute top and the print placed exactly right on your body. Love the dress with the fabric flowers. That's a popular embellishment this year. Good luck with that.

Joyce in NC said...

I love the blouse. I have this pattern in my stash. You've motivated me to give it a try for summer. I also like the shirt dresses. I want to add more dresses to my work wardrobe. The simplicity of wearing a dress is great for summer temperatures.

Bonnie D. said...

What a great top - simple but enough interest at the neckline to make it special. The fabric is perfect. NIce job!!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Oooohhhh I can't wait to see this dress come into being! And the top is wonderful...love the fabric!

Bunny said...

Love your blouse! Love those dots!

j.kaori said...

The neckline of the top really looks nice. I especially like that shirtdress --- can't wait to see your version of it!

Tany said...

Lovely top, you look great in it!

That's a very beautiful dress too, I can't wait to see your version!

Linda said...

I had this blouse pattern out to sew and then put it aside for other projects. I love your version. Great fabric! It made up so well for this blouse/top.