June 7, 2012

the Shirt & Wrap Dress Sewalong

I've been contemplating a way to kick in the summer with a bit of a bang. Especially since I'm done with the middle schoolers as of yesterday - now that's reason enough to celebrate big, dontcha think? And its been a long while since I hosted a sewalong so, over on Facebook I asked about the idea of doing a shirtdress sewalong or a wrap dress sewalong, and there were many yays for both sides. The wheels started turning and I started looking for a pattern. Guess what I found? I found a stylish and current pattern that will do the job of both, enter Simplicity 1880:

I don't know why I haven't seen this pattern before, but hey, it combines two great looks that I love into one. For you shirtdress fiends out there, this pattern has a notched collar (yay!), a yoke, a bit of gathering at the shoulder and pleating at the waist (my favorite) and a button placket. For those of you with a wrap dress fetish, this dress has a wrap bodice to die for. Again soft gathers at the shoulders and pleating at the waist make this a big win win for me. And just look at all the sleeve options.

These dresses are considered faux wrap and shirt dresses as the wrap and shirt style doesn't extend into the skirt, but that's no biggie, right? Plus pair any of these with a cute handmade belt or sash and goodness, you're good to go! So fellow sewalongers what do you say? Are you in?

Now, I'll be making up both the wrap and shirt dress options, but you don't have to. Grab the button for the shirt dress:

Or for the wrap dress:

Come on! I would love to have everyone participate! I do think you'll enjoy it and I've got tips and tricks up my sleeve for each version. I'm rating this sewalong as intermediate, but I'll say that if you are a beginner with a few garment projects under your belt, go ahead and tackle the wrap dress with me. We'll be tackling a side zip for each version and there's the collar and buttonholes for the shirtdress and the wrap top bodice will have an extra something from me for how to keep it from gaping. The official start date of the sewalong is June 18. In the meantime, I'll be posting some inspiration and we'll discuss fabric and notion options to get ready for the big day (plus some great discounts from some of my favorite online shops - so stay tuned for today's follow-up post). I'll also post a tentative schedule so you'll know what to expect. Sound good?

Let's bring on summer! Hip, Hip Hooray!

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