Sorry, I was powerless to resist that pun.
I've been sewing a lot lately...for myself. There's something about Spring that makes me want to plant a garden and sew new clothes. The garden urge was pretty much fulfilled by planting a few tomatoes and cucumbers, but the sewing clothes thing continues seemingly unabated.
A few weeks ago I mentioned a Simplicity pattern that I had adapted to make a sleeveless top. I posted a picture of that top on flickr and someone suggested that it would make a cute dress. I loved that idea, so that's exactly what I did.
I kept the original modifications I'd done including removing the ruffle that separates the bodice from the skirt and replacing the stand-up collar with ties. I added about 8 inches in length and a tie along the back.
I wanted to give the dress a slightly more fitted look and I debated the use of darts or gathering with or without elastic. Of course this debate was strictly with myself because no one in my family is nearly as interested in having this kind of conversation as I am. Anyway, I went with the ties and I'm very happy with the final result.
Spurred on by my success I also made two more new tops.
The one on the right is from the same pattern as the dress and the one on the left is Simplicity 4589. I actually wrote the pattern number without having to look it up. That would be a pretty clear indication of how many times I've made this pattern.
Both of these tops were made out of fabric purchased from Pink Chalk Fabrics . Kathy has a terrific selection of fabrics and patterns and always lots of great sales.
It's with a tiny bit of embarrassment that I admit I don't think I'm done with my Spring clothes sewing.