Summer is in full swing, so it’s time to bust out the flowery dresses! They’re so simple to style and wear, yet they make you look so put together… it’s a win-win!
I’ve had this fabric in my stash for too long, so it was time to put it to good use:
Isn’t it so pretty? I love the illustrative look of these flowers. This fabric is a poly crepe that has a fun texture, but doesn’t breathe too well since it’s polyester. I bought this years ago at SAS in Tucson (R.I.P.) for super cheap. After hoarding it for a while, I was determined to make something uber feminine with it:
It’s the Patterns for Pirates (P4P) Timeless Tunic! I made a straight size L and the pattern pieces JUST fit my fabric. I must have had less than 1.5 yards total since it was cut wonky and I was left with minimal scraps.
Not only was the pattern a perfect fit with this fabric, but the fabric is a perfect fit for the pattern! Since it’s polyester, it’s best to have it bag away a little from the body so it doesn’t get too stuffy and sweaty. I can’t stand unbreathable, tight clothing! But this is perfect because if I sweat a bit, the fabric is floaty and dries off quickly.
The construction went smoothly… at least from what I remember. I actually made this in 2020! Maybe it was sometime in August or September? I remember wanting to hurry and bust this out for a beach trip with my dad and stepmom, and I got it finished just in time. Unfortunately, I was unable to wear it during the trip because literally 24 hours after we arrived, we had to head back home because a hurricane was headed right for us!
So, that was the only “vacation” I’ve had since early 2019. Woo!
ANYWAY, yeah… smooth construction and a spot-on fit! I had good luck with P4P’s Wiggle Dress, so it wasn’t a surprise the Timeless Tunic worked out just as well.
I LOVE this dress, but I’m still not sure how I feel about wearing it without a belt.
I don’t think I’m a huge fan of the visible elastic casing, but DD swears it looks fine as-is.
I’m not used to the poufiness above the elastic, but I think that’s because I might be so used to my Colette Monetas, which are more form-fitting on top.
But I’m really digging how the top part of the dress fits my shoulders and the neckline is so cute! I think it may be a good replacement for the Scout Tee if I decide to make more woven tees. I’ve also been eyeing a lot of gathered tier dresses on Instagram, so it may be cute to make one with the top portion of the Timeless Tunic.
Me-Made-May has helped fuel inspiration and I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s makes! I managed to post an outfit everyday (except 1 day, but I was still wearing something me-made!). I found it more difficult to choose outfits compared to previous years since I do not dip into my work wardrobe anymore. I basically live in pajamas and t-shirts since I’m a full-time online student. It’s pretty great to live that comfortably, but t-shirts and PJs get boring to post after a while. Plus, I purged many of my me-made t-shirts recently as they were getting worn out.
OK, that’s all I have for now! I have a queue of photographed projects to post, so hopefully I can get those out before summer is over. School and life has been a BEAST this past month, so I’ve had little time to dedicate to anything sewing-related. Here’s hoping for brighter days ahead!
P.S. Happy 7 years to Sew RED-y!! I’m getting awful at remembering, but thank goodness WordPress reminds me! Cheers to another 7 more!