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Sew Easy Summer Dress

Added Jun 12, 2011

by ndimi

Kerrville, Texas...






This is an African print fabric that I thought was gorgeous. Then I discovered the pattern consisted of one yard squares down the length of the bolt. Horrors!

This is a self-drafted pullover sundress, no closures, and darts in the back. Almost shift in design as I was trying to find a way to use the squares that wouldn’t look ridiculous. I ended up using the lines of two squares down the front, and the sections between the squares at the back, which required a center-back seam as the squares were too small to go across the width. The original pattern looked stupid with the down the sides at the back. I also ended up cutting the pattern out perpendicular to the grainline (left to right instead of up and down) and it has created a few interesting issues with the ease. Grrrr…. Will DEFINITELY pay more attention to the print in future!

I made a lot of mistakes on this one, but that’s how I learn, so it was a successful lesson, I guess! :)

Himself agrees that it’s nice enough to wear at home, even with (casual) company, so I’m very pleased! It’s cool and comfy in the heat, so it gets a lot of wear.

Material Notes

African print cotton




Garment Type

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    Jul 12, 2011, 07.15 PMby ccsinspirations

    A very successful lesson indeed! Great use of the border in front and the back matches nicely too!

    I’m thinking Himself needs to sit down and stitch up a few items if he intends to keep downplaying yours! LOL At least he’ll let you wear this one! :-D

    I see you are moving stateside! Wish you the best with your move! I have been here for 9 years now, miss some things about home but this is home to my son, the only one he’s every known!

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      Jul 13, 2011, 09.44 AMby ndimi

      LOL, yeah, you have a point. Unfortunately his mom sews a dream, one of those women who sits at a sewing machine for 30 minutes and produces haute couture! I have tried to point out to him that she’s been sewing for as long as I’ve been alive, but…. heheheheh.

      Unfortunately, it’s not stateside. We’re moving to Papua New Guinea. It’s sure to be an adventure!

      Where are you from originally?

      Thanks for the good wishes.

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    Jun 12, 2011, 12.53 PMby mojo elgin

    I love this dress! Seriously, this is certainly pretty enough to wear in public.

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      Jul 13, 2011, 09.39 AMby ndimi

      Thanks very much! :)

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