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SSW Day 2: Triangular Out and About Dress

This dress! What can I say…I have been dying to try out this dress! And when I saw the chance to try it out for Selfish Sewing Week I kind of jumped on it. I was able to get a copy thanks to Caroline of Sew Caroline for SSW. Yea…I’m pretty excited I got an email from Caroline, she just seems to be the sweetest gal! I feel kind of bad I never responded to that email…I just didn’t know what to say other then Hi…OMG let me be a geek over here and say HI! hahaha. Now, prepare yourself for lots of cheesy pictures, we’re going to start discussing this dress…

This is the Out and About Dress pattern, and it is so comfy looking I couldn’t help myself! It’s been on my ‘to sew’ list since it came out….hello, it just looks to comfy plus it has pockets…anything with pockets is a automatically on my radar (think about it…when I get a wedding dress…she’s gonna have pockets!). Anyways, let’s get past my pocket obsession here, and get back on track. Once I printed out the pattern and started to cut into it, I kind of got nervous, I had just finished sewing the biking peplum and have been debating about the whole ruffled waist area, but I said I’d sew so I sewed! Plus it has pockets (last time, I swear!!). Which redeems the whole ‘ruffled waist area’ issue.

To make this dress, I cut out a size L. I was in between sizes, and the fabric I pulled at (a Girl Charlee score from the bargain section, they don’t seem to have anymore in this colour, but did you see the turquoise one!?!?) doesn’t have a whole lot of stretch (I think it’s 25%) so I sized up just to be on the safe side. I made pick a fabric with a bit more stretch and size down, since the waist area is a wee bit loose.

Also, the next time I sew this one, I will be making the shoulders little wider at the top. I’m not too sure if it’s just me…but the shoulder seam was really small on me and pulled the sleeve up quite a bit, which made the whole area pucker a bit.

Flaws and all though, I’m digging this dress. It’s got it’s own seam issues (my serger was acting up…what?!?! I’m hoping I found the problem though!) but I’ll probably be pulling it out quite often. It’s pretty comfy! I left the skirt hem a little bit longer, just to see how it sits on me/how I like it. The next one I might shorten up as a ‘tester’ to see how the changes affect it. But overall, it was a happy sew!

Have you gotten any projects finished for SSW? I’d love to see them! Make sure to check out the Kollabora page for inspiration or you know, any of the featured stitchers below. And don’t forget about the giveway the Rachael of imagine gnats is hosting!

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    September 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Julie, this dress is fantastic. I'm totally with you on pockets! I'm sewing a Lady Skater, altered to have a gathered waist and pockets for SSW. Fingers crossed I get it finished in time.

    p.s. love that triangle fabric!

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    Lightning McStitch
    September 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Julie this dress is lovely! The fabric is great and the colours really suit you.

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    September 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    This is lovely! I've been thinking of making this pattern, but wondering if I could turn the gathers into a couple pleats instead. You make the gathers cute though!

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