I talked a couple weeks ago about how I used to avoid wrap dresses when I shared my Highlands Wrap Dress. That’s also how I’ve felt about shirtdresses for a long time. Years, really. When the Kalle Shirt+Shirtdress was released, I initially ignored it if only because of my previous thoughts on shirtdresses for myself. However, I continued to see some gorgeous versions and decided to take a leap and try it. It had worked for me on my last few projects, so why not?
Confession: I’ve pretty much hated wrap dresses up until recently. I can’t give you a decent reason as to why I had such disdain for them, I just did. So whenever I saw them in the store, I immediately walked passed and never gave a second thought to them. However, all of my previous notions regarding wrap dresses vanished when Allie Olson released her latest pattern, the Highlands Wrap Dress. Why have I been avoiding wrap dresses for so long? They’re so flattering and comfy! More proof that sewing helps you leave your comfort zone and try new styles…and sometimes you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
I’ve been hard at work sewing up various items for my summer wardrobe, as well as some adorable baby shower gifts for friends. There are a couple finished items, one of which I’ve already finished the blog post and just need to take pictures even though I’ve worn it tons since finishing it (I’m looking at you, Kalle Shirtdress). However, since I haven’t done a sewing plans post in a while, I figured I’d share what I have on my To-Sew list for the summer until I get around to taking pictures of my recent makes!
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog/Instagram lately due to work and life being more hectic than usual, but I’m excited to share the Molly Dress which is part of the Sew Caroline + Simple Life Pattern Company collaboration!
The next pattern to be crossed off my #2017MakeNine list is the Lonetree Jacket by Allie Olson! I was so excited when this pattern was released because I love this style of jacket/vest and it fills a spot in my handmade wardrobe.
I’ve had so much fun having the opportunity to test a few patterns recently and this is no exception! When Gabriela posted the Tester Call on her blog, I jumped at the opportunity. There’s something so exciting about being part of a group of extremely talented ladies, all of whom have amazing sewing blogs and/or Instagram inspiration, to help test a fabulous pattern. Gabriela is incredibly encouraging and put so much work into the Farrah pattern to make it perfect!
For my birthday this year I decided to take a day off work and spend the day sewing. It was such a great decision and one I think I’m going to turn into a tradition. This day of sewing allowed me to finally cross off one of my 2017 Make Nine patterns: the Colfax Dress! This is not a dress I would typically pick up in a store, primarily because I tend to stay away from sleeveless pieces. However, I have been drawn to this pattern ever since it released and used the 2017MakeNine as the push to jump out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I did.