It’s Spring! The weather in the North East is still fluctuating between the 80’s and 50’s, pouring rain and then sun but my Wisteria is in full bloom and I am gearing up for warm weather. I am inspired to make comfortable and breezy summer dresses to wear as we see the sights and eat ALL THE FOOD in Spain this summer.
This is also the first year I am participating in #memademay and have been wearing handmade every day- it has been much easier than I though- except for the photo capturing. My girls are short little amateur photographers so it is very difficult to get a good photo of my clothes but I am trying to train them well! My goal was to wear something handmade each day (except when I was leading at Girl Scout Camp last weekend) and to sew at least one new item each weekend. Although I haven’t been blogging this I plan on doing an end of the month wrap up post showing all of the pics and hopefully will get to full posts of the new items soon!
This post just has to go up today though so I am posting out of order. I couldn’t resist posing in my new Olympia Maxi Dress in front of the Wisteria tree- the colors are just perfect! I bought just a few yards of this pretty knit at Joanns a few weeks ago on clearance and had planned on making leggings for my daughters with it but was able to sew a maxi dress for myself out of it instead! I originally made this particular dress with a sleeveless black liverpool top and the purple patterned fabric skirt but after trying it on I did not like where the top cut off on my waist and how it contrasted with the skirt. I decided to cut it off and was able to eek a matching top out of the leftover scraps of fabric by sewing a seam up the back instead of placing the pattern on the fold and by making the top slightly smaller than the XL pattern. The fabric had enough stretch to make it work and I am very happy with the result.
The bonus? I used the black bodice I had sewn and paired it with another maxi skirt so I was able to finish two dresses this weekend! I love the second one even more and plan on getting pictures this week. For now- here we go- Size XL purple printed knit Olympia Sleeveless Maxi Dress.
There’s something about Spring that inspires me to sew, sew, sew. Maybe it is the warmer weather and the ability to go outside without bundling up under a puffy winter jacket? Or it could be that I just have more time and the days are longer and brighter and I have more energy? Either way I have been sewing up a storm these past few weeks and although I have sewn several items of clothing/bags etc since my last blog post I haven’t been interested in blogging or sharing them- until now!
Coming out of winter hibernation I have a few blog posts ready to go and here is the first one- the Olympia Dress by Love Notions Patterns. I came across Love Notions when I first sewed their Laundry Day Tee – which I am totally in love with and will post about soon! This Olympia Dress is my second pattern by this company and the first I have paid for- and I am so happy with how this dress turned out. This is my second version- the first version I used an inexpensive lycra jersey that I am just not in love with. This version is using a pretty substantial scuba knit from Joann’s that I have been holding onto for months and didn’t have the occasion to use until now- I think it is just perfect for Spring and for Easter.
This dress is super simple to sew and even though I was nervous about the integrated reverse shawl collar I think it turned out Ok and was pretty easy to figure out using the directions and the video posted on the Love Notions site. The pattern has a great size range and even individual cup sizing which is wonderful. I sewed this up using the XL size and the D-cup bodice. I made the sleeveless, knee length version but the pattern actually includes five sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, elbow, 3/4 and long as well as two skirt lengths: knee and maxi.
I am in love with this pattern for its flattering shape, simple construction and versatility. I feel like the non-gathered waist works better for me than the Colette Moneta that I had previously been obsessed with- it fits well and is super quick to sew. The stability of the scuba knit makes things so simple- no slipping or stretching issues so I was able to sew this in about 1 1/2 hours. No zippers, closures or elastic required means it comes together very fast. Instant gratification!
I’ll leave you with a shot of the tree outside of my house- it is what I see from the view of my sewing room window- no wonder I am inspired- just beautiful!