Spring/Summer Makes Round Up!

 

Here is (just about) everything I made this past spring and summer! I think there are around 25 pieces, plus a few things for the kids, plus a hell of a lot of masks.

I have found that sewing projects are great for me as a little escape from the horribleness that is 2020. I love that there is a beginning, middle, and end to each project. I love that I have to focus on the task at hand and keeping my hands busy means my brain is busy and not worried about all the things.

I know I’m incredibly privileged. My family is healthy and safe. My husband has a stable job that provides for us. We live in a beautiful part of the world where getting outside is easy and fun. I am thankful for all of this and for this hobby. I’m so glad I started blogging and vlogging again as the connection to the creative community online has really gotten me through this year. Thank you for following me along and I hope to have a lot more good stuff to share through the end of the year!

True Bias Calvin Dress

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I have been trying to use what I have when it comes to sewing and this most recent make is an old Needle Sharp box that I picked up sometime last year. I never got around to making it in the warmer months so I set it aside. I’ve been drawn towards a specific color palette lately, and this darker gray fabric wasn’t calling to me. However, I have had great success with True Bias patterns and I always love a summer dress. Besides, it’s not like I have a lot of other things going on right now!

The construction of the dress itself is fairly simple and it comes together pretty quickly. The most fiddly part is the bias tape, you make your own and then use it for both sides of the bodice, the arm holes, and the straps. This takes a bit of work, but nothing too hard, and the ready to wear look of it when it’s finished is worth the effort!

I had a bit of trouble fitting the bodice. I think I need to start making small bust adjustments something I do regularly with patterns and I will try it if I make this one again. I love the style of this, it feels very now with the midi length and slip dress/90s throwback vibe. It will be fun to see how much wear I get out of it in the coming months!

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Pattern: The Calvin Dress from True Bias, there is a top version as well

Sizing/alterations: I made up the size 6. It was a little big in the bust for me so I pinched in the sides, maybe an inch in total? In the future I would like to try a small bust adjustment with this pattern

Fabric: This is a beautiful sandwashed rayon that came in myNeedle Sharp subscriptionbox. I love the drape of it and it reads almost brown/gray which is a new color for me.

Thoughts/Comments: Fairly simple to construct, minus making all your own bias tape (but it’s good practice!) I love the length of it and it feels like a cool style that is different from anything else I own. Will be fun to layer up some as the weather gets colder here.