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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

Loosely inspired, but feeling a great summer vibe: lighthouse dress!

You read that right--this is my lighthouse dress.

The back story is, ages ago when I first saw Anthropologie's Bike Lane dress, it must have struck some special chord.  Because I was at a JoAnn I don't normally go to a while ago, and saw a white print with red and blue lighthouses on it on the clearance racks, and thought: summer dress!

I waited till the red tag clearance fabrics were an extra 50% off on a big weekend sale, and headed back--they still had a bolt of my lighthouses!  So I paid $2.50/yard for the lovely 100% cotton lightweight twill, perfect for a dress, and started thinking about patterns.

Let me also show you all my inspirations!  Like I said, I think Anthro has embedded in my mind this cutesey-print dress concept so it comes to me when thinking about designing!  Here's the Bike Lane Dress from a few years ago...

They also had the Two-Wheeler Shirtdress...

This year, there's even this dress with Japanese tea houses printed on it...

But, in addition to the cute prints, I think I associated my lighthouses with the cute pleated sweetheart neckline of Anthro's other summery frocks, like the Traced Twirls Dress...

And the Sincerely Paris Halter Dress:

And, most recently, the Akebono Halter Dress!

So when I found McCall's Laura Ashley M6350 while flipping through the McCall's book when McCall's were $1/each at Joann... it was perfect!  This pattern is almost the spittin' image of the Traced Twirls Dress.

Super cute and flattering, sort of vintage-inspired pattern.  I could see it sooo clearly in my mind--my lighthouse fabric in that bodice!  I didn't have quite enough for the pattern's 6-panel skirt, so I gave it a smaller, modified half-circle skirt.

(Forgive the terrible lighting and weird colors of these pics...)  Ta-da!


It's even red, white, and blue for this patriotic time of year. ;)  And I am now a BIG fan of this pattern!  I think I might want to make another one sometime soooon!

So, do you have any dresses with cutesy little prints on them?  Or any fabric?  (I have a pattern recommendation... ;) )

24 comments

  1. So cute! Perfect for 4th of July!

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  2. How did you do your hair? It looks great!

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    1. Thanks! Just curled it a little I think the day before I took this pic, and pinned up the front/top part with bobby pins in an X, giving it a little poof!

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  3. Amazing Dress! It really has a wonderful neckline.

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  4. Anonymous6/20/2012

    That is a very nice dress. I'm going to have to pick up this pattern too!

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  5. That looks great! I need to make one for myself...

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  6. Anonymous6/20/2012

    Lovely! What a great summer dress!

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  7. What a great summer dress! Would look lovely with a wide red or blue waist belt as well!

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  8. Anonymous6/20/2012

    Squeeee!! Love this to death. Congratulations on another beautiful creation.

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  9. You're just so cute! Loving the red lipstick and very white dress

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  10. omg it's perfect! i feel like i've either asked you this or i've seen you answer it before but...do you ever do custom work? :)

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    1. Aaw, thanks!! I don't do custom sewing, but I have a post about it and some recommendations... http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2011/09/custom-sewing-etsy-seller.html

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  11. Dutch Girl6/20/2012

    Wow, I really like this dress. In Bristol where I have been in summer, there was a store with a lot of that kind of dresses but so expensive. I like the idea to make one on my own. Good work.

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  12. Love it, it's really cute! I wish I had more time to sew. I haven't sewn in a month.

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    1. Summer is the perfect time!! You've got a few months! ;)

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  13. That IS a cute dress! The pattern and fabric work well together, and it turned out fabulously! I love prints, but have to admit I don't wear that many dresses, so tops it is.

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    1. I know the feeling. I seek out opportunities to wear dresses. ;)

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  14. That's so cute! And that fabric is awesome, and perfect for someone like me - it doesn't need to be lined up properly.

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  15. I love cute prints :) I can't believe you waited till it was on sale to go back... so brave, lol. I'm too scared of my precious fabric selling out! This is a super cute dress. Colour me jealous :)

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  16. Sweet!
    I love the style and the print is all summer!
    Xx
    Callie

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  17. so cute! I just love it! You are too cute! I am a new follower, love ur blog! I have that pattern too, I can't wait to make it:)

    Reyna

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    1. Thanks, welcome! It is a fun pattern, have fun!

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  18. I'm absolutely dying over this dress. If you ever feel like doing a clothes swap this summer, let me know. ;)

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