I Jumped the Line

Good afternoon, blog readers and dress fans alike!  How is everyone doing today?  I couldn’t be better, I have a new dress to tell you all about today.  It has been way too long since I have had something up here resembling an outfit post, and I have to say, I felt my blog was missing out.  That is all about to change because here is the newest to my ever-growing me-made dress collection, the Springtime in Paris dress.

retro style dress

If you are a regular reader here, you might be asking yourself, “What happened to those other three creations that you so wordily planned out a couple of weeks ago?”      

Well, I found new fabric while making an unscheduled, out of town Wal-Mart trip a couple of Sundays ago, and couldn’t wait to turn it into something beautiful.  I just needed coffee creamer that day, and since it wasn’t my regular Wal-Mart, I thought to take a detour through the fabric section.  I saw this material and snatched it up right away.  I was even prepared to wait as long as needed for someone to show up and cut it.  (They never show up to cut material in a timely manner!)  I was very surprised by the quality.  It has some thickness to it, so even a white slip would be sufficient to wear underneath.  It was part of what seemed like a new collection that the store had recently stocked, and all of it seemed like sturdy cotton material.  I had to refrain from buying a little from each bolt.  Wal-Mart, it has been awhile since you have made me a happy shopper.

Sew Serendipity Marilyn dress

I went with my Marilyn pattern and used the bodice material that I had planned for one of my other spring makes.  I should still have enough for that one when I get to it.  The red band was leftover from my black, white, and red quilt stash.  I didn’t add the side skirt panels because the way they were to be cut on the grain was not going to leave me enough bottom width, so I pulled out the skirt portion from my Monique dress pattern and used it instead.  By doing this, I have just about a yard left of the material for something else.  I am thinking maybe a fabric wallet or lined tote bag would work for the leftovers.

multi-patterned dress

Waverly fabric Paris theme

This particular pattern doesn’t take me long to make at all.  I cut it out Saturday night.  Made the bodice Sunday evening, and finished the rest Monday morning.  I ironed it at my friends house because she has a nicer iron than I do.  I finally realized, it’s not a lack of ironing skills that I have, just a cheap iron that won’t get hot enough to press my material well enough.  I have since added an iron to my shopping list.

In the future, I am gonna retrace this pattern out in a smaller size.  I meant to do it the time before last, but just haven’t gotten around to it.  I don’t know, but tracing patterns might just be as tedious to me as grading papers.

That’s all I have to say about this one.  But on the subject of making dresses, it is almost Me Made May, guys.  I have been thinking about how many me mades I want to say I will wear this time around.  My only concern is that I will undoubtedly wear the same things that I have in years past.  But, I do have a lot of dresses that haven’t been worn for it…  More about that to come.  For now, have a great weekend everyone!

paris city scene material

 Details:  Pattern – Sew Serendipity, Marilyn || Paris themed fabric from Walmart, Waverly brand

Linking up with: Craftastic Monday, Creative Mondays, Do Tell Tuesday, Tuesday’s With a Twist, Sew & Tell Saturday

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