I’ve made two more creations using Wendy Mullins’ Home Stretch. The first (the basic dress pattern in the book) is a secretary-style rayon knit dress with an outrageously busy print (my favorite kind). I’m so happy with the style, fit and feel of this dress, I’m tempted to lounge about in it all day long, even on lazy weekends when I’m at home with nowhere to go.
The second is a 100% cotton jersey knit skirt with a jaunty pair of suspenders (“Sweet Suspender” in the book). I’ve been wanting to make this one since I bought the book a few months back and I’m glad I did! It was incredibly quick and easy — save for the multiple suspender length adjustments I had to make, but that’s just due to my own laziness for not trying it on enough times during the process. Pics were taken when they were still a bit too long which accounts for the slight sagginess where they cross in the back. It’s an easy fix, though. Overall I’m very happy with it!
Both look great on you. You can really work the prints.
oooooh these are great! i love the blue suspenders especially, there’s something very retro about it. and something very tedious about trying straps on and on and on… i always end up cutting like 8 inches off and grimacing at the fabric i could’ve saved 🙂
They are both beautiful. I especially like the busy print dress. The fit is fabulous!
I really adore the busy print dress. Want to have one immediately, which is bad, since I have too many projects on my mind anyway…
i got the sew u home stretch book as well!
what size did you use for the first dress?
i’m typically a small but would rather have things more loose.
they’re very awesome! and it’s amazing how you’ve sewn so many dresses!
many thanks, all!
melissa — i made xs for both garments because a lot of reviews for this book say that the patterns run a bit large. when purchasing clothes, i usually buy small/size 2 — but as you can see, wendy’s xs seems to fit me perfectly — neither loose nor tight. so maybe the small will be the fit you’re looking for? good luck!