Winter is here! And with it comes the need for some winter clothes. Most of my sewing projects consist of warm weather pieces, but that’s mostly due to the fact that we have a 9-month long summer in Arizona. I desperately need to have some me-made winter pieces, so I bring you the Seamwork Mesa Sweater Dress!
OK maybe I should have prefaced this post with, “These aren’t my best pictures, so bear with me. And please pay no attention to my chopped-off legs.” Most of these were taken in a cemetery in uptown New Orleans, across the street from the famous restaurant Commander’s Palace. DD and I had lunch at Commander’s while we were visiting our family over the Thanksgiving break and decided to check out the cemetery when we finished. As you can see, New Orleans cemeteries are way more interesting than your standard cemetery, so don’t think that we are creepers!
But another thing to note is Commander’s Palace has 25-cent martinis at lunchtime, so that also played a part in the not-quite-up-to-standard photography.
It was a really good lunch.
Anyway, back to the dress.
I used the Seamwork Mesa pattern from the June issue (check out my first Mesa here!). Unlike my first Mesa, I did not tweak the neckline with darts. I used a more stable fabric this time, so I didn’t have Droopy Neck Syndrome. This version shows the neckline as it was originally intended – more of a boat neck.
I also extended the sleeves since Mesa is a short-sleeved dress. I took out the sleeve pattern piece from McCall’s 6796 and just pinned it to the Mesa sleeves while cutting the fabric. I think it worked well!
Oh, and the leggings are also me-made! I used a vegan stretch leather fabric from GirlCharlee.com and used my self-drafted leggings pattern (using this tutorial from Etsy).
I’m happy I had the foresight to center the pattern on the fabric while cutting. Symmetry is a good thing!
And now for more NOLA cemetery picture-dumping:
But you have to admit, there is a certain charm about the cemeteries. I never thought they were anything too special growing up until I moved to cities where cemeteries are very… plain. I do miss home sometimes because there’s really no place like New Orleans, but I enjoy exploring new cities (AND not having a ridiculous amount of rain, thanks Tucson!).
I hope you all are staying cozy wherever you are and that all of your Christmas errands are completed! I’ll be back on Christmas to share a special project I made for my Sit and Sew Secret Santa and a show-and-tell of the awesome gifts I got. 🙂