Misses/Misses Petite Leanne Marshall Collection
Pattern Sizing:<I cut 12. It is kind of roomy in the bodice. I may have been able to get away with a 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes For the Most Part.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were pretty easy..except I got super confused when doing the collar. I ended up putting the instructions aside and working it out on my own.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really LOVE everything about this dress.
Fabric Used: cotton & lace
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I only added lace to the bodice and I eliminated the pockets and loop at the collar. I plan to wear it open or with a vintage brooch at the neck. I shortened the bodice about an inch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan to sew view B for my daughter . I may sew it again for myself.. who knows.
When I was growing up, I remember my mom making me and my older sister two piece dresses consisting of a simple pull over shell and gathered skirt. This outfit was inspired by those memories. Now that I am a busy working mom of 3, I can see why she sewed us pieces like these……. because they are so quick and easy!
In addition to being quick and easy, pieces like these can be easily styled and mixed with other wardrobe pieces.
I used Butterick 5211 to make the pullover top and I self drafted the pleated Midi skirt. I am in the process of coming up with my own pattern for a pleated skirt. This is my first prototype. Once I have it perfected, I will post a tutorial.
I used view A to make my top. I cut a size 10. I initially cut the pattern at the line for shortening/lengthening the waist. Once I had the pieces put together, I removed an additional 5 inches from the bottom . The top is pullover so no zipper required!
One of the many ways that I plan to wear this outfit is shown above. The pieces are so basic that there are several possibilities.
Next Up On The Blog: Kimono Jacket (Made By Me)
I was super excited to find this plaid flannel shirt at my local big box discount store for only $7.88.
I rolled up the sleeves and popped the collar and paired it with a black pencil skirt and pair of classic black pumps.
Up Next On The Blog: Camel 2 piece dress (Made By Me)
My husband and I just recently celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. I wanted to make a dress to wear that I could dress up for the occasion but also wear dressed down for other occasions.
Even though its winter, I didn’t want to make anything long sleeve because I figured that short sleeve or sleeveless would be the most versatile because it could be layered for cooler months and worn as is in warmer months.
I decided to use a Charcoal Gray colored Men’s wool suiting blend for my dress. It drapes and holds pleats beautifully. It is light to medium weight and was very comfortable to wear in 39 degree here. I imagine that I should be able to wear this dress at least 3 seasons.
This dress was made by combining the bodice of Project Runway Simplicity 1610 with the Skirt of Mimi G. Simplicity 1159 (pleated instead of gathers). I fell in love with the bodice of Simplicity 1610 but I wanted hidden pockets so I used the skirt from Simplicity 1159. At first I tried the gathers, but they were not that flattering on me, so I free styled some pleats.
I absolutely love the final product. This dress is a blank canvas and can be dressed up or dressed down.
Short Waist – I have a short waist so I removed 1 inch from the bodice. Because of this adjustment I should have added an additional inch to the skirt, but I didn’t realize it until I had already cut out the skirt. I ended up putting in a very narrow hem on the bottom to compensate the lost inch.
I also cut the skirt front on the fold instead of cutting two separate pieces per the written instructions.
As mentioned earlier, I added pleats instead of gathers. The pleats were more flattering to my thicker midsection.
- To add a little more drama and fullness to the skirt, I added an easy self-made tulle petticoat . I also wore flats so that the skirt would graze the floor.
- I layered two black/silver Statement necklaces and threw on a pair of matching earrings.
- As a topper I wore a black & gray tartan short over coat. (not shown)
I’m Angie H. and this is my new personal style blog .. Style By Intuition and I am totally excited that you stopped by today. I’m now in the process of rebuilding my wardrobe piece by piece.
Back in 2015 I decided that I was tired of walking into my OVER stuffed closet filled with NOTHING that I wanted to wear ( Seriously, I was wearing the same 4-5 pieces over and over). So I decided to just get rid of all of the stuff that I wasn’t wearing for what ever reason.
It literally took me almost a year and several closet raids to let it all go….. but I finally got it done!
Instead of rushing out to replace the clothes that I had let go of, I realized that I needed to figure out what I really needed and wanted in my closet; my personal style; and what looked good on me. If I didn’t do this first, I would just end up sewing and buying all of the wrong things again and ultimately ending up right back where I started.
So now I think that I have things figured out to a point where I am ready to start shopping and sewing again.
My goal is to build a modern stylish wardrobe using mostly sewn, rescued, and bargain priced pieces. Can it be done well? Can it be done with out me looking like I’m wearing a Home Ec project or like I stepped straight out of the 80’s? I think so ….. but I’ll let you be the judge.
I’ll be posting my makes and finds (good and bad) along with a few style lessons learned along the way.
I’m currently working on an outfit to wear to celebrate my upcoming wedding anniversary. I will be posting about it on the blog soon. See you then.