We’re just back from a fabulous vacation at Disney World with my whole family! I’m still exhausted from our whirlwind 4 day trip but had just enough energy to whip up this new dress when we got back home. I was itching to get back to sewing after being away from home. The kids and I spent Spring Break at my parents, then home for one week followed by Disney. It’s been a busy Spring!
This is the Marilyn Dress from Style Arc sewn up in a gorgeous textured linen from Marcy Tilton. I wanted another work look to transition into the very hot weather we’ve been having. This is one of my Make 9’s as well as just in time to wear for the first day of Me Made May!
All the Details:
Belvedere Blue Linen Woven from Marcy Tilton (Part of the fabric haul from my FB contest win!)
website description…. This is a beautiful modern basic. Navy mixed with black cross woven linen in a textured gauze with overall vertical crinkles – reminds me of vintage Issey Miyake ‘bark’ cloth. The cross weave adds depth and the permanent woven in subtle texture adds a bit of spring and hides wrinkling. Cool dry hand, lightly crisp drape, opaque, no lingerie show through, but some shadowing if you stand against the light. Light/mid weight is right for soft pants, shirt, top, blouse, tunic, skirt or dress. Ideal for travel and wardrobe building.
from the website….. The ¾ length sleeve with its fashionable split opening and tie closure makes this simple, slightly “A” line, “V” neck dress something special. The pattern allows the choice of two different neck drops, traditional and a little lower if you dare.
This was a very easy and relaxing sew made on my regular machine and then serged for a clean finish. Since this was my first try of the pattern I kept the finishes simple in case I needed alterations. I did end up taking in maybe 2 ” on each side of the waist as its an extremely boxy fit. Next time I’ll remove a bit from center front as the shoulders were a bit wide and then take in the waist for a more fitted shape. Also I’ll be adding pockets! I used the lower neckline and don’t find it too revealing at all. I finished it off with a 2″ hem as well as a snap closure to keep my bra straps in place. (pictured below)
What I fell in love with about this pattern though is this sleeve. I try to stay away from very trendy looks but wanted to give this a try for Spring. When the open sleeve look goes out of fashion (or I get bored…we’ll see which comes first!) I can easily seam it closed for a more traditional sleeve.
I love the bit of light blue silk that peeks out though it was totally unintentional. I ran out of fabric and had to use an older dress to line the sleeves. It adds a little touch of whimsy to this simple navy dress.
The texture of this fabric is the real star of the show. This linen is just stunning up close. It’s slightly sheer (I’m wearing this over a black slip.) Perfect weight for summer! I laundered my fabric and put it in the dryer to increase the wrinkling. Still easy to iron without losing the texture.
We also celebrated my little Amelie’s 6th Birthday this past Friday! I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. She had the best birthday ever celebrating all week at Disney! She met all her favorite princesses (dressed up in outfits I made her) and got a fab makeover at the Bibiddi Bobbidi Boutique followed by dinner at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh characters! I went all out with Disney sewing. Ami was Snow White, Cinderella and Elena, Nigel got Star Wars shorts for Hollywood Studios (he was so excited for his Jedi Training!!!) and I Disney bounded as Snow White (with lots of compliments!), Alice in Wonderland and Jasmine! I have to buy my Disney Memory Maker to get all our pics and then I’ll share all those makes!
It has been crazy hot the last week or so. I had been growing my hair out for Disney (a bob for Snow White) but after getting back and feeling the heat it was time for a change. I got my hair all chopped off this past weekend into a nice pixie at Aveda. It feels so nice to have all that weight off my head.
Be sure to follow along with me for #MMMay17 on Instagram! I’ll be posting my daily looks over there with a recap here at the end of the month. Happy Sewing!
The kids are off this week for Spring Break and we are all taking it easy over at my mom’s. The last few weeks have been crazy busy at work (we had inventory and then a giant transfer) so this week to just sit back and relax is well deserved. I’m on a self-imposed sewing hiatus but have a bit of time for blogging today while the kids are playing with their cousins. Here’s a simple refashion I’ve made a few times over now in my favorite colorway, a Blue and White Dolman Sleeve Tee.
I was sewing up a storm this past weekend knowing I’d have no sewing time this week. I finished a one piece swimsuit for my daughter and a new bikini for myself. Plus I finished my garment sample for a new seamstress gig I’m exploring. Hopefully I’ll have pics later in the week to show off all my swim makes. You can get a sneak peek if you follow me on Instagram. I’m also gearing up for our trip to Disney in two weeks! I can’t wait to share all the fab outfits I made for my daughter and I to wear.
I made this very simple knit tee a few weeks ago. It’s a copy of a RTW shirt that I loved the shape of. The original was so pretty in a dusty mauve but unfortunately the dye they used left spots after laundering. No waste since I cut it up to make a pattern. I’ve made three so far. This blue and white print, another made using up the last remnants of a baby wrap from Amelie (you can see the last shirt I made using the same print here) as well as a sheer mint version that I’ll be sharing later with my Disney makes (for Jasmine).
This tee is great for using up remnants, especially if you add an extra seam in the front or back). I made this one out of an XL thrift store dress. I always try to pick up thrift store finds that have a lot of material for me to work with. I’m wearing it here with my fav Morgan white jeans.
The design is a simple dolman sleeve tee with a folded up cuff. The front extends to the back like a yoke meeting the back in a V. The curved high-low hem is so easy to wear. Easy sewing too, just two main pieces, cuffs and self binding at the neck seams with a turned up tiny hem. I cut the back in two pieces to make it fit my fabric. Here’s a quick sketch to better show where the seams are positioned (image).
I’ll also be participating once again in Me Made May. I’ll probably stick mostly to Instagram this year but I’ll share a recap here on the blog. Here’s my pledge:
‘I, Rebecca Burnett at Sew Pomona @sewpomona , sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavor to wear one handmade look each day (aiming for no repeats!) for the duration of May 2017’
I’ll be poolside and enjoying our old neighborhood all week. Hope you’re all enjoying Spring! Happy Sewing!
It’s the end of Me Made May. It was interesting documenting this month since I was back and forth between my new home in Plantation and staying with my parents in Estero to finish out Nigel’s school year. Less than a week to go now! I tried not to stress this year with taking pics and got into a nice flow documenting the day by the last two weeks. The best part of documenting was seeing how much my handmade wardrobe has grown and how versatile it’s become.
I didn’t wear quite a few pieces- some were out of season and some I realized I just don’t like. Like the coral vintage dress I finished last month. Not sure if it’s the color or the silhouette but I just didn’t want to wear it out. Time to refashion- maybe into a skirt? I always come up with a nice remake pile by the end of the month. I love all the outfit combos I came up with plus a lot of older pieces were mended or refashioned as I went along.
What I’m really stunned by- I had no outfit repeats for the entire month! Everything in my wardrobe is really getting much more cohesive. I’m glad it’s in a nice place right now since after the summer I’ll most likely start working again when the kids will both be in school. I won’t have the sewing time for myself that I’ve enjoyed as a SAHM. Not sure yet what I’ll do. I may start my business or maybe look for a job locally-maybe a fabric store? The kids get out at 2pm next year which really limits things.
So here’s what I wore the last week:
MMM Day 23:
MMM Day 24:
Back at the Naples Botanical Gardens in a dress that I didn’t actually sew. It’s a wrap dress from Boden that I’ve had for 10+ years. I used shibori dye with indigo to alter it. Worn with a me-made slip and Grainline Stowe Bag for my knitting.
MMM Day 25:
MMM Day 26:
White Linen Blouse (Shape Shape) + Marcy Tilton V8499 Pants. We saw a beautiful beach sunset with my husbands family (visiting from the UK, Wyoming and CO). Plus new prescription sunglasses from eyebuydirect. Love them :)
MMM Day 27:
Polka Dot Parade- Friday Theme. Spring cleaning the apartment today in a self drafted raglan top and Carolyn PJ Shorts (unblogged.) The start of a wonderful long weekend in Plantation. Nigel had his checkup and is all better from his bout of pneumonia-what a relief!
MMM Day 28:
In my hand-dyed SBCC Lemon Drop that I modified to a maxi dress. This rainy day was spent at Sawgrass Mills Mall with the family.
MMM Day 29:
Wearing my navy midi dress. I love being comfy at home and worn with flip flops this dress is perfectly casual-one of my husbands favs. I also wore a new bikini and rashguard to the pool but can’t share yet -pattern testing :).
MMM Day 30:
Last Day of MMM! Day 31:
And here’s what I wore all month long!
Hope you had an amazing Me Made May too! Happy Sewing!
It’s been a very busy two weeks! Days 11-22 have included some fun days with Amelie at the Botanical Gardens and the playground. Last weekend was also our 10th wedding anniversary! I can’t believe how the time has just flown by.
I’m so lucky to be married to my very best friend and my love. If anything having this separation during the week while we’ve been moving has really strengthened our marriage. Being apart really does make you realize the daily things you take for granted.
But with all the wonderful days we had a big round of illness. What seemed to start of as a stomach virus for my 7 year old son last week ended in an emergency trip to the hospital where he was admitted for pneumonia. Luckily he’s bounced back quickly and was released the next day. Seeing your child so sick is very scary. We spent the rest of this weekend recovering at home. Trying to keep a little boy calm and relaxed once he feels better is no mean feat!
At the playground with Ami in the morning wearing a modified skater dress.
My 10th Wedding Anniversary but home with a sick kiddo so comfort is the rule of the day! Plus Ami is in her fav handmade leopard leggings. Wearing my Teal knit dress and navy leggings.
Colette Hawthorn Dress at the playground in Plantation.
Indigo Tank and a new make, Stripe Beach Pants using B5504(OOP) Connie Crawford Capri’s (un-blogged).
At the Botanical Gardens in a self drafted organic knit tank and leggings in navy and my Shape Shape Wrap Skirt.
My little boy was hospitalized Thursday and Friday for pneumonia. No pics for Thursday though I wore a very cozy blue Skater dress. Friday when we got back home I was so worn out I put on the most comfy clothes I could find. This is the most casual…and probably the most exhausted you’re likely to see me. Oh Lu Lu Ava Bra, tshirt refashioned tank and lounge capri’s (all unblogged).
Relaxing on Sunday morning in my stripe linen pants (unblogged) and my linen knitted Lina tank.
Happy Me Made May!
Take a look at what I’ve been wearing so far for Me Made May 2016. This year is a bit trickier for me as I need to plan most of my looks in advance. We’re still not moved completely over to the other coast (a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale). I’m at my parent’s home with the kids in Estero Sunday night through Friday afternoon for Nigel’s school and back in Plantation to spend time with my husband Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. Lots of back and forth travel requires much more forethought. I can’t wait for June when we’ll be home for good!
Though I wear handmade most days and have very few RTW clothes I still look forward to MMM each year. It helps to review what I’ve made, see what needs mending, and find new ways to mix my clothes. I love it for keeping a visual diary of what I wore most.
Lemon Drop Dress and Self Drafted Leggings
Lady Skater Dress Kitschy Coo and Self Drafted Leggings
Friday’s Theme Yellow, a color I rarely ever wear. These Marcy Tilton V8499 Pants are the only vaguely yellow item in my summer wardrobe. Worn here with a self drafted green tank.
Laurel Dress from Colette Patterns (un-blogged which I need to remedy) and Embroidered Jeans at Plantation Woods Park near our new home. This dress was one of my very first makes that I refashioned out of my mom’s handmade prom dress.
DAY 8 Mother’s Day!
Hawthorn Holly Dress. It’s a mashup of Colette’s Hawthorn Skirt and By Hand London’s Holly bodice.
My very favorite dress!
Hope you’re enjoying Me Made May as much as I am! You can follow what I’m wearing on the group boards at Pinterest and Flickr and on my Facebook page. You can also view past MMM’s on my Wardrobe Planning page here. Happy Sewing!