Showing posts from August 18, 2019

A Burgundy Velvet Mermaid Maxi and Venice Beach Beanies for Fall - Sew Fab Summer Blog Tour

A velvet maxi for fall? Yes! The rich burgundy velvet reminds me that cooler temps are coming, and it will easily transition into the late fall/early winter season. This velvet Mermaid Maxi (by Tie Dye Diva Patterns) is so versatile it will look dressy or casual depending on how it is styled. A more traditional look would be how I've paired it here. I added a simple black tee, a statement necklace, and black velvet booties. I love the shape of this as it fits close through the hip and flares out at the knee. Even someone with not much of a bootie (raising my hand here!) looks good coming and going in this maxi skirt. Here's the back.   Add a plaid top and fringed suede booties for a casual fall look. I went sleeveless as the temp s are still in the 90s where I now live. But how cute would a long-sleeved plaid shirt tied at the waist look? Take a slightly oversized tee, knot it at the side, put on some athletic shoes (mine are rose gold) and you have another ca

Butterick 5719 An Explosion of Color Dress

If colors speak louder than words, what am I saying with this dress? I'm not sure what the message is, but I do know the explosion of color evokes joy in me! The fabric, Milly "prism in technicolor" stretch cotton sateen, was purchased from Emma One Sock in 2016. I ordered the fabric with plans to make a BurdaStyle sheath dress, but when the fabric arrived, the green was more predominant than I had anticipated.  Green is one color that I rarely wear so I put the fabric aside. When I unpacked the fabric after our recent move I no longer thought there was too much green and decided it was time to sew myself that sheath dress. Instead of digging out my BurdaStyle magazines to trace the dress pattern, I used Butterick 5719.  It's a Lifestyle Wardrobe pattern from 2011 that includes a jacket, skirt, and pants in addition to the dress. It also includes separate pattern pieces for cup sizes A/B, C, and D. I used the D cup pattern piece.  The shea