How about some fun summer sewing? Today we are sharing two takes on a pattern, the dress and tunic.
The Maggie Mae Top & Dress Pattern(affiliate link) has always appealed to us and finally I have had some time to make up not only one but TWO! The first I made up in yellow and white, fabric that Rachel loved and is very summery. I had originally purchased this fabric several years ago when I though that I might make my own summer nightgowns….. you can see how well that went. Upside there was plenty of yardage to make a dress for Ms M.
When I cut the pieces my brain must have been somewhere else, because as I started to put it together, the colors were not at all in the order that I had envisioned. Oh well! Molly wears it well and Rachel was very happy with it. My advice would be to pay attention when you cut for this the first time to make sure you have your blocking the way you intend. The second time I found it really easy to accomplish!
The 2T fits her perfect now, even a bit snug getting on through the arm- though great once it is on. So when I started the next one, I decided I would make a 3. This would fit for longer, probably even next spring or she could adapt it for the fall by putting a tee shirt underneath the dress.
Rachel and I have discussed this, and we would love to hear from you. Do you find Shwin patterns a tish small on the sizing end? They are great designs, and the directions are easy to follow. But of the two we’ve made we’ve found to fit quite significantly to the small end of the size- and no one else seems to mention this. Anybody else? Are we imagining it?
When going through my stash to see what would work I found this cute glittery butterfly pattern. This pattern, while beautiful as a dress, also works great as a tunic with leggings. I tend to be drawn to such patterns, maybe because I am frugal and figure this way they can get extra wear out of them. Grandpa really liked this fabric combination, so I figured it had to be a go. I paid closer attention to which fabric choice would go where when I cut round 2. It turned out perfect.
And the little green buttons work to accent very well. I have a feeling this pattern will be a staple in her closet.