Monday, March 28, 2011

Portfolio Dress in Chambray


I love a good pattern. This one (Simplicity 2245 by lisette) is excellent. It is such a smart design. It sews together well, is comfortable, easy to wear, and has pockets! I really like it as a dress, but I think I am going to love it as a tunic best of all. I'm making one this week in a pale pink linen. It will definitely be my summer uniform.

Some notes: I know I am short, but I must have a short torso, too, because I needed to take an inch and a half out of the bodice and add it to the bottom of the skirt instead. The back seam seemed a bit blousy, so I took it in at my waist just a bit. I definitely recommend making a quick muslin test of any pattern first, to see if there are any changes you need to make to the fit. And I like to sew one size smaller than the pattern recommends for my measurements.

I wore it to church yesterday. Luckily I didn't have to nurse Elliot while we were there. It's not quite built for that. :)

Are you sewing this week?

14 comments:

  1. Stephanie, you looked so great in this! I love it. I had no idea that you made it. I keep meaning to ask if you're still running, you look like you are :)!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Cute dress! It looks perfect for a hot summer day.
    I wish I had time to sew these days... I'm spending my time cleaning!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Really lovely! I have been debating about getting this pattern for myself and I think I shall!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the dress! You are so talented. I haven't been brave enough to try sewing something for myself - just the kids. If I sew anything this week, it will be helping Max and Jonah sew pillowcases. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Steph., I love the dress. If I send you my measurements and fabric would you make me one? I have such a hard time making anything for myself and having it turn out right. Somehow if though I used to it just doesn't work. I would rather make something for the girls. I could exchange making the girls a dress if you would do that for me.
    Love and Hugs
    Grammy

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am not sewing this week but after visiting your blog I am wishing I was. I love your take on a modern house dress that is functional and modest. I think I might have to copy you and ask my Mom to sew me one. Problem is I am tall and have a long torso, I always add a lot onto the bottom.

    ReplyDelete
  7. That is so beautiful! You look amazing in it.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I sewed an entire dress one week in March: A floor length, elbow length, white embroidered boat neck dress with added seam pockets (think temple dress style) for my youngest daughter to graduate in. So glad I washed that fabric first before I cut it out. It shrank 13 inches in length and 10 inches in width. So it was sort of stretchy when it was finished.
    I love sewing. Maybe now I'll make a shirt for myself using a shirt I already have as a pattern....

    ReplyDelete
  9. Cute! I want one! :)

    I used to have those shoes in blue. I loved them.

    ReplyDelete
  10. You know I cant sew, but look what my friend made this week

    http://rjboynton.blogspot.com/2011/03/3-maxi-dress.html

    I need less talented friends so I feel better about myself. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love the dress, I so want one of these!

    ReplyDelete
  12. It turned out great! I love it. And I also love dresses with pockets- they are a miracle!

    ReplyDelete
  13. If you can make me one for $40 I'll take it.

    ReplyDelete
  14. so cute! I have this pattern (and the muslin to test it). I'm glad to see it made up in something different than the pattern. I'm thinking of a tunic with the longer sleeves out of some Joel dewberry. But then I worry the print will be a bit too much...

    ReplyDelete

Hello! Thank you for your comment. I'd love to respond, and it is much easier if your account is linked to your email address. Or, you could just email me at barefootstephanie@gmail.com. Thank you!