The Amazing 2-Piece Dress

When it comes to wardrobe pieces there is probably nothing better than a dress. They are both easy and practical. No having to decide what to wear on the top or bottom.  Choose your dress, add shoes, accessories, and you are ready to go.

One of my favorite dress styles is the 2-piece dress which is actually nothing more than a matching top and skirt.

My latest sewing project is this two piece dress comprised of a matching moss green velvet sweatshirt and pencil skirt. 

Although these pieces were made for one another, they are strong enough to stand alone.

This color is really striking in person. My pictures don’t do it justice.

The Sweat Shirt

For the Sweatshirt I used It’s always Autumn’s Perfect Slouchy Sweatshirt Pattern found Here.  When conceiving this look, I wanted a slouchy sweater look with dropped shoulders.  After a couple of days of searching through my pattern stash, pattern books, and offerings from online pattern sellers I came up empty handed.

I can’t remember how I stumbled on Autumn’s site but I was glad that I did.  When I saw her version of the sweatshirt, I knew it would be perfect for creating the look that I had in mind.

The pdf pattern consists of 2 main pieces (1 front, 1 back). After assembled, both pieces are cut on the fold.  Measurements are given for the neckband, cuffs, and waistband.

The pattern  went together very easily.  I made two minor modifications to the neckband and cuffs.  I subtracted 2 inches off the suggested cuff height and cut the neckband  27″ x 2″. I made no changes to the waistband.  (Not Shown)

I really love this pattern and I will be using it again.

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The Pencil Skirt

The skirt is Erica by Sinclair Patterns.  I purchased it back in July customized to my measurements. With only 2 pattern pieces, (1 front/back, 1 waistband). After the pieces are assembled, they are both cut on the fold. This skirt was a breeze to cut out and put together.

The instructions for this skirt are very good.  I would highly recommend it for a beginner.

Because I was able to customize it, the fit is perfect.

  Style Details

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The Little Gray Dress – Another Version of M6886 

A couple years ago my husband surprised me and the kids with a trip to NYC. It was my family’s second trip there within a 2 year span.

My family loves NYC.

On our second trip there I took a solo trip into the Garment District. My initial plan was to  only visit Mood Fabrics but when I did my research I discovered that there were several other Fabric stores in the area.

The Gray Knit Ponte that I used for this version of McCalls 6886 was purchased in one of those other small NYC fabric shops.  I only purchased 2.5  yards so, I have been holding on to it for the past 2 years waiting for the right project.

I wanted a simple dress with a voluminous statement sleeve but with my limited yardage I didn’t have enough fabric to make what I had in mind.

So I decided that instead of making a set in sleeve, I would make the dress sleeveless and add a Statement Sleeve overlay at the shoulder right above the top of the arm opening.

I love how it turned out. This dress is so comfy that I’m actually lounging in it right now.

I decided to go with black and gold accessories for this look.

I have one more version of M6886 planned for later this month. I plan to update my next version with another Fall 2017 trend. 

Thanks for stopping by. Please come and visit again soon.

Mccalls 6886 – Review

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Pattern Description: close-fitting pullover dresses with neckline variations

Pattern Sizing: I sewed a size 14. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? from the shoulders down

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t use them

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? #1 Quick & Easy. #2 All the positive reviews and great results on PR made me feel like I was guaranteed to be successful with this one.

Fabric Used: Honestly I am not sure. I think a textured jersey with shimmer. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I removed 2 inches from the back and front waist length. I used the pivot and slide method to add 4 inches at the hip. I added a turtleneck. I added two inches to each sleeve. I decided to do a raw finish on the edges.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. This is actually my 2nd time sewing 6886. I already have a second version cut out and a 3rd one planned.

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M6886 – Date Night Look
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M6886 – Casual Look

Wardrobe Goals

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I am in the process of building myself a better wardrobe.

By carefully considering the pieces that I loved the most,  I was able to come up with a personal checklist that makes it easier for me to choose which pieces I woud keep, sew, or purchase in the future.

Over the past couple of months, I have been ruthlessly overhauling my wardrobe. Any clothes, shoes, accessories, fabrics, or patterns that don’t follow my personal checklist no longer have a place in my life.

My Personal Wardrobe Checklist

  • Flexible, Versatile & Practical – can be worn in different settings or seasons.
  • Fashionable – Classic pieces with a modern and/or bold twist
  • Custom fit to my body, my lifestyle & my unique personality
  • Flattering to my body shape
  • Effortless and Easy – Reaching into my closet and always pulling out a winner.

A perfect example of an outfit that encompasses each of these elements is today’s feature outfit.

I love this classic self made half circle midi skirt.I designed especially for my bodyshape. I opted to add facings instead of a waistband because it visually lengthens my short torso.

My fabric choice adds the dramatic and modern touch that I love.

This skirt is so versatile. It’s midi length is wearable in just about any setting.  It can easily and effortlessly go from day to night just by changing out the top,  shoes and accessories.

Here I’ve  paired it with a flirty pair of heeled sandals and a black off the shoulder bodysuit (which is actually a swimsuit that I purchased from Amazon), perfect for date night.

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McCalls 6102 – Review

Pattern Description:  Made for you. Petite- able 1 hour Aline shift dress.
Pattern Sizing: I made view c in a size 14 , D Cup. I’m a solid girl with a medium sized frame. It fit me great.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes ..but I think this dress looks better sewn up than it does in the illustration.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I actually followed a Threads You Tube Video for installing all In one facings…it seemed much easier to follow than the printed instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that there are only 4 pieces and that I had the option to pick my cup size. These factors make this pattern a winner for me.

Fabric Used: African Wax Print that I purchased from Ghana.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: My usual short waist adjustment.

Would you sew it again? This pattern is one that I intend to use again and again. It fits great.  The style works well with my body shape. The style is simple and can easily be altered for different looks.

Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this pattern if you like this style of dress.

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Catching Up – New Look 6507

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New Look 6507

It seems like its been ages since I last posted.  My life has been crazy busy.  Since I last posted, I’ve gone back to work outside the home full-time.  I’ve been too busy to post here but not too busy to sew.

I hope to  eventually post all of the projects that I haven’t had a chance to put on the blog but for now, I will post my latest project.

June is Scleroderma awareness month and Teal is the color that represents this cause.  This cause is close to my heart because, my mother had this disease.  It was my goal to sew at least 4 pieces featuring the color Teal.

This is outfit #2.  I chose this dark Teal Rayon fabric because I loved the weight  and  touch of the fabric.  It is really soft and drapes beautifully.

Pattern Description: Off the Shoulder Dress or Top

Pattern Sizing: I sewed a medium (12/14)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved that it only has 4 main pieces. I love the simple style.

Fabric Used: Rayon Poly with stretch

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made – I did my usual adjustment for my short waist.  I serged my hemline to preserve length. I didn’t have enough fabric to add lengthen it. I serged the flounces to match the skirt hemline.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it?  I don’t think that I need another off the shoulder dress but I would highly recommend this pattern if you are looking to make something quick , easy, and super cute.

Vogue 1506 – Review

Pattern Description: semi fitted jumpsuit

Pattern Sizing: I sewed a medium (12/14)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?close enough

Were the instructions easy to follow?It seemed as if there was a missing step when adding the lining but I figured it out. My 3a extension was also misprinted. I had to flip that piece to make it work with the piece that it was being joined to.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved that it only has 4 main pieces. I love the simple style. It was extremely comfortable to wear.

Fabric Used: poly crepe

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made – All alterations made were vertical. To accomodate my short waist I removed 1 inch above the waist, For comfort and a better fit through the rise I added 1.5 inches between the waist and crotch. Because I prefer my wide leg pants to cover my shoes I added 2 inches to the legs of the pants.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it : I won’t be making it again but I do recommend it.


Conclusion: I made this to wear to a white party. It was perfect for the occasion. White proved to very hard to photogragh outside…I think it looked much better in person.