Eeek – I am up again on the ‘Dress Up This Town’ Blog Tour hosted by Sewing By Ti. I am sure you have been reading and participating in our weekly rafflecopter from our generous sponsors (don’t forget to get enter this week).
As the month of July has steadily flown by – Can you believe we are just about one week away from August!? I absolutely adore Ellie and Mac patterns. One of the reasons is because they are boutique styled patterns and super easy to mash together. Almost every pattern is filled with a ruffle (some are optional) while others are perfect for scrap busting. The instructions are very detailed and include a step by step clear photo. I should mention – she has really revised her patterns to meet her customers requests; and she is also adding layers and A4 format to her original patterns.
I recently took the plunge in one of her newly released Maxi Dresses called the Be Dreamy Dress. None of our wardrobes include a maxi – so this was a first. To be honest, I was rather intimidated at how much fabric a maxi dress used. But, don’t let that steer you away from a pattern because this turned out to be GORGEOUS. And, this is our most worn dress (not to mention it only took about 30 minutes from cut to hem).
The fabric I used is from Knitpop – hot pink double brushed poly that I purchased at retail and ity from a scrap pack. I had never sewn with ity but had heard it was ideal for a maxi and the hot summer heat…and it was true. It was not very slippery to sew as I heard it could be. I personally think that swim is much more slippery.
The Be Dreamy Dress was a very quick sew and can easily be color blocked for the skirt; a panel could also be used. While the dress includes pockets – I opted not to use them. Why you may ask…I just preferred not to.
I love how this dress turned out. While I left the edges of the flutter sleeves raw – they can easily been hemmed with a rolled hem or 1/2″ folded hem. There is minimal twirl effect due to the length of the skirt. This dress is perfect for any season.
Love the style but want a tunic length with high low hem? Check out the post here.
Want A Be Dreamy Top/Tunic? Here is the tutorial.
And if you don’t want a seam on the front or back where the bodice meets the skirt? Here is a tip. Overlap the bottom of the front bodice by 1/4″ over the top of the front skirt and tape them together. You will repeat for the back bodice and back skirt. Now you will have one long piece. The 1/4″ overlap is to remove the 1/4″ seam allowance. Follow the remainder of the instructions for the shoulder seams, side seams, and attaching the flutter sleeves.
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Fabric From: Knitpop
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And here is our Amazing “Dress Up This Town” Tour Lineup For July 1 – July 8:
1- Sewing By Ti (Intro) Stitching At Night ••• July 2 Me Made ••• July 3 Tenille’s Thread ••• July 4 Sewing By Ti ••• July 5 Seams Sew Lo ••• July 6 Anne Mari Sews ••• July 7 Sea of Estrogen ••• July 8 Lulu and Celeste
For July 9 – July 15:
••• July 9 Living in Twinado Valley ••• July 10 Ma Moose ••• July 11 My Heart Will Sew On ••• July 12 Seams Sew Lo ••• July 13 Kate Will Knit ••• July 14 Creative Counselor ••• July 15 Sewing With Sarah
July 16th – 22nd
••• July 16 Stitching and Making ••• July 17 That’s Sew Lily ••• July 18 Sprouting Jube Jube ••• July 19 Auschick Sews ••• July20 Anne Mari Sews ••• July 21Lulu and Celeste ••• July 22 On Wednesdays We Sew
••• July 23 Stitching At Night ••• July 24 Sewing Curves ••• July 25 My Heart Will Sew On ••• July 26 Indulging Mum ••• July 27 That’s Sew Lily ••• July 28 Adventures With Bubba and Bug ••• July 29 Capture, Craft Cook ••• July 30 Sewing By Ti ••• July 31 Sew Like a Sloth
Note: this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you choose to purchase a pattern, a small portion of that gets recycled into my fabric/pattern addiction – this is at no cost to you! All opinions are my own! I buy my own patterns and fabric!