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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Myrtle Dress from Colette Patterns

by Tonya

I finished sewing a new dress! I used a pattern from Colette Patterns. It's called Myrtle and they recently had a sewalong, where a teacher posts instructions and photos on a blog and you can make your dress along with her (plus ask questions). It's great because the teacher goes into more detail than the pattern about some steps, plus shows photos along the way. 

This sewalong also gave detailed instructions on making some fitting adjustments, which was awesome. And they have a Facebook group where people asked questions, shared their fabric choices, and discussed whether or not the dress's pockets added too much width at the hips. Based on the pocket discussion, I decided to omit the pockets on my dress (plus it made it that much quicker to finish the dress!). It was fun to sew as part of a group, and to post and see the finished dresses! 

My dress isn't perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and I love how it looks with those boots. I really enjoyed learning more about sewing with knit fabrics. I learned some new techniques, like using a twin needle. I also got to use my serger, which I hadn't used much yet. (You don't need a serger to make this dress, though!)

I found my knit fabric on The Fabric Fairy. They have a lot of cute knits, and each fabric listing has a guide that includes the best uses for it. I love that part, since I'm still learning what type of fabric works best for different uses. 

Now I'm excited to make a couple t-shirt dresses. I have been looking for the perfect black & white tunic or t-shirt dress and have not found it. I will try to make it myself!

Do you make any of your own clothes? 

P.S. Do you remember that I mentioned my interest in minimalism a while back? Well, I'm going for it, in terms of minimizing my wardrobe. I'm using just 40 items of clothing for the fall season. If you want to see how I'm doing, come see my capsule wardrobe over at

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