Today we have a special guest post from Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair! After you see her beautiful dress, make sure you hop on over to her blog because she's giving away a copy of Just For You this week!
Hi there Sew Can She Fans! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I blog over at the Polka Dot Chair. I'm also a fellow Stash Books author and a fabric designer for Riley Blake Fabrics. I am so excited to be with you today talking about Caroline and Sarah's book "Just For You". I met them both at Quilt Market last fall and had a great time hanging out with them and getting to know them. We shared a delicious dinner at a restaurant in Houston, then braved the walk back to the convention center together after we couldn't catch a cab! We found our way back and didn't lose anyone along the way. It was a successful night :).
I absolutely adore the concept behind their book "Just for You." I know that I've been terrible about making the time to create things for myself. It seems like I'm always on a deadline and find myself frequently stitching something up as a gift for someone else or as a project for my blog. As a part of the Sewlebrity Sew Along, I stitched up a Quilting Bee Dress and I must say that it felt really good to make something for ME! This past weekend I went to Cancun.... don't hate me for it, I've been buried in snow and suffering through sub zero temperatures for a month. I had to escape. Plus, today I'm jet-lagged, cold, tired and feeling completely overwhelmed by my "re-entry" to do list. I'm paying for that trip for sure!
I wanted some nice summer dresses to take on the trip with me. Something lightweight enough that I could wear it as a coverup on the beach, but could also dress up too if I wanted to.
I picked up some Cotton + Steel double gauze fabric a little bit ago and thought it would be perfect for the Quilting Bee Dress pattern. If you've not worked with double gauze before or aren't sure what it is don't worry. It reminds me of a linen fabric, but has a looser more lightweight feel and is very easy to work with.
I was able to quickly sew the dress the night before I left (how's that for procrastinating?) It was really simple and the directions were very clear. I would have finished it in an hour flat but I decided to make the double fold bias tape without looking at the directions in the book. I made it wrong twice before I just broke down and read the directions... I don't know why I make silly decisions like that sometimes.
The dress ended up being just what I needed for the beach. I chose to wear it as a cover up one day, and since it has a bit more coverage than the other cover ups I took with me, I was able to just throw it on over my suit and go eat lunch at the resort without having to change first.
I really enjoyed making the pattern and now that I've got it traced I think I might make a few more for this summer, I mean it's such a quick sew why would I not? I made a size Large based on the bust measurement on the pattern and it ended up fitting me just right. I added 1" to the pattern before I cut it out since I'm pretty tall, but it turns out that I didn't need it. I just had to cut it back off before I hemmed the dress. I wouldn't recommend adding length unless you are over 5' 11" or so (I'm 5' 9").
Now that I'm home I just wish it would only warm up enough so I can wear it again! I hope that you'll stop by my blog sometime and say "hello!!" I've got loads of free sewing tutorials over there for you to check out!!
Caroline here... I just want to shout a big 'thank you' out to Melissa for sewing up the Quilting Bee Dress and sharing her beautiful photos with us. I love that dress and right now I just want to climb into my laptop and lay on one of those beach chairs!
Are you sewing along with us too? Grab a copy of Just For You and be inspired for some much needed selfish sewing. Everyone who joins in will be sent a limited edition 'Sewlebrity' button and I'll share your project pics here on my blog on the last Wednesday of the month. Just send me a picture! You can email it to me or post it in our Just For You Sewlebrity Sewalong facebook group (it's closed so you must request to join). I can't wait to see what everyone makes this month! To see both projects, read my March sewalong post here.