If you don’t have a copy of Wendy Mullin’s book Sew U: Home Stretch — what are you waiting for?!
Not only does this book come with all the patterns you need to make every single one of the stylish projects within, but every step is diagrammed and the written directions are super simple to follow, even for instruction-impaired people like me.
This form fitting number is the “Belle de Jour” dress from said book, and it was incredibly simple to make. The blue fabric is a rayon stretch knit (with a tiny hint of sheen) I got online from somewhere. Sorry, I buy so much fabric that I often forget from where I bought what. I don’t think the dress is supposed to be this body hugging, as I decided to make it x-small instead of the more-appropriate small. Anyway, I squeeze into it alright and as long as I can remember to suck in the gut, I think I’ll be ok.
So with the weather warming up, I figure that a girl can’t have too many dresses–especially of the sleeveless variety. So I made this summer number using Built By Wendy #3835, but omitted the raglan sleeves to create this halter neckline. I seriously can’t move on from my Builty By Wendy patterns. They’re just are so versatile and easy to sew! The fabric with cool swirly print is a Marie Kelzer design which I was lucky enough to get in both purple and green–one of my favorite color combos.
The belt wasn’t part of the original design, but I’ve been seeing these terrific obi belts on Burdastyle like this one and thought that I needed to make a few of them for myself.
This weekend, I was also reacquainted with this blast from the past:
My friend Jed asked me if I’d had ever had an “It’s It” before, and I said “oh yeah, when I was a little kid and I remember loving them…do they still make them???” Well, thank you, Jed, for jogging my memory about these unbelievably yummy nostalgic treats. If you’ve never had one before, let me explain. An It’s-It is a scoop of all natural vanilla ice-cream sandwiched between two perfectly spiced oatmeal cookies, coated in rich dark chocolate, and then each and every one is kissed by the snack gods who sprinkle them with a mixture of fairy dust and crack.
Yes, folks, they’re that good. Pick some up today.
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for anything with birds on it (“bird” is actually my family’s nickname for me and has been since I was a wee girl), so I was immediately attracted to this bird print fabric by Alexander Henry designs. The pattern I used was Built By Wendy 3964 — but I omitted the inset and the sleeves, basically out of laziness! I decided to be bold and use a contrasting bias tape to finish the armholes. I wish I’d made the skirt just a bit longer so that it ends right below the knee — but otherwise, I’m pretty happy with the result.
Alright, the minidress is done! I did, indeed, use that Built By Wendy pattern (3835) I mentioned in the previous post and will definitely be using it again. Lots. I just love the rounded neckline, raglan sleeves and, of course, the pockets. I had a rare dinner out last night with some old friends I hadn’t seen in, geez, probably over a decade and wore this dress just minutes after it left my machine. I took these photos after dinner, hence the wrinkles because, at this point, I was too lazy to iron them out.
I like the stripes/dots combo that the belt lends.
I’ve only used one of Wendy Mullin’s sewing patterns (I also have her terrific book, Sew U) and I’m already in love. Her designs are stylish and simple and her instructions are so easy to understand.
As a sewing novice, I thought I might have been in over my head when I began, but I just kept following the steps, which were so intuitive — and the dress turned out pretty well. I bought the fabric from SewzannesFabrics.com who shipped it over at lightning speed!
Buy the dress pattern here. I have four more of her patterns sitting uncut in their envelopes and I can’t wait to try them out.
(Photo by Cici Sutjiono.)