My first real sewing project since summer 2016! A flirty floral print dress

I am so excited for warm weather!!! Spring in Oregon is pretty hit or miss but when we have the nice days I get really happy and start thinking about berry picking, day trips to the beach, and wearing cute dresses on date nights.

Since moving to our fixer upper, my sewing room has been in some stage of packed-ness and I haven't had a lot of access to my patterns, fabric, and tools. But I did set up the machine to make these pillow covers and I do have some room to work. I got inspired for a transitional springy floral dress, and made this one up in only about 2.5 hours of sewing! (Cause I also don't have much time for sewing when there are bathrooms to renovate!)

I got some fabric from Girl Charlee to review for this project. They have a TON of knits, including a bunch of pretty florals. It was hard to decide but I was inspired by these short navy floral dresses and I thought navy would be a good transitional option in this funky mid-spring season of ours!


I had McCall's M6890 with a wrap bodice option, though it's not meant for knits and I didn't want to do the collar. But it's a simple elastic waist style and I gave the neckline a bias edge instead of the collar.

This fabric is the absolute perfect weight for this, drapey but not too lightweight, and was great to work with!

I used a sleeve from Simplicity 2587, which out of print I think, and also made up the bias edge on the cuffs.

I cannot wait till it's nice enough every weekend to wear dresses out!! I'm tired of dressing up jeans all the time.


Pattern: McCall's M6890 (bodice and skirt), Simplicity 2587 (sleeves)
Modifications:
  • Cut bias edge for front bodice neck edge
  • Used standard bishop sleeve instead of crossover sleeve
  • Cut the skirt probably 8" shorter I think?

If you're not DIY-inclined... you can shop some similar ones, and my accessories, here!



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