going went to Mexico (Thanks to my parents)! It had been a while since I’ve been on a nice, relaxing vacation and it will be nice to get away from the dogs, works, and winter down in Puerto Vallerta with my family.
When I learned we were going, I immediately began thinking about sundresses I should make for the trip. I couldn’t being working on them until after Christmas though because I had to finish gifts first. So, unfortunately, I didn’t make as many things as I would have liked. But I really like the dresses that I did manage to pull together in time.
1) Paisley Voile Cover-Up
I knew that in Mexico we would be spending a lot of time by the pool and I was going to need a coverup. I used an online tutorial from Bored & Crafty blog (here) for “a VERY simple beach coverup”. And simple it was! It was really quite easy, easy to follow, and FREE! The fabric is a paisley cotton voile from Mood and was really nice to sew with.
The back has a lot of fabric bunched together along the waistline which I wasn’t sure about at first but ended up looking fine.
I’ve been requested to how many one for my aunt Trudy. Mom – you need to buy me fabric for the project!
2) Ikat Cut-Out Sleeves Crepe de Chine Dress
I bought this crepe de chine fabric last summer from Fashion Fabrics Club (link here, I love Ikat) and have been way too intimidated by soft, flowy material since to use it. But I finally built up the courage to make something with it. I chose to make a Cynthia Rowley pattern from Simplicity (2406). It a loose fitting dress with cut out shoulder sleeves and a deep slit down the back.
It definitely wasn’t easy to cut or sew but I made some improvements during the process. Halfway through I remembered that I purchased some Sullivan’s Spray Fabric Stabilizer based on recommendations online – it really worked like a dream and drastically improved my ability to work with the fabric. You just spray it on, let it dry or iron it, and then it comes off with washing. I found that it wears off while manipulating and using the fabric anyway, but is still remarkable and very helpful.
The dress came together pretty easily – would have been even faster if it weren’t for the fabric. I had to line the dress because the fabric was a little too flimsy for my taste.
The deep slit down the back. I’m thinking I should have shortened the slit because it goes even lower than a belt at the waist, oh well, it doesn’t gape open so not too revealing.
Now the open shoulder sleeves. As I started making the dress I really wasn’t sure whether I could keep with the sleeves or pick a different view that went strapless. In the end, I’m really happy that I kept the sleeves, I think they add a really nice and interesting touch that the dress would have been lacking. It’s a great, lightweight, summery dress that worked perfectly in Mexico.
Of course, I simply HAD to buy a patent blue skinny belt to accessorize the dress…
Not sure whether I’ll make the pattern again. The sleeves are definitely interesting and I like them more than I anticipated. Could see myself making it in a solid color either as the dress or shortened to just a top.