Sew Indie Month: My Dandelion Dress and a Giveaway

Thursday, May 22, 2014


May is Sew Indie Month.  It is all about promoting independent pattern companies and encouraging seamstresses to try something new!  I happen to own a lot of Indie patterns.  I cannot put a finger on a favorite cause they all provide a modern perspective and it usually always results in fabulous clothes!  The first Perfect Pattern Parcel contained the Dandelion Dress.  This is a sheath dress with raglan sleeves and princess seams.  So clever ... I love how they describe the difficulty as 'Spicy' -- makes me want a margarita!
 

Experiment: Dandelion Dress 
                      Scoop Neck Version, Size XS

Materials:

3 Yards Blue Wave Cotton
4 yards Navy Bias Tape
Grey Gutterman Thread
Navy Coats and Clark Thread







I enjoyed the clever design of the pattern.  The raglan sleeves and faux princess seam give a nice hip-hugging effect.  The bodice dart on the left side of the dress was a giant pain in the rear.  After I completed the bodice I tried it on (Woo-who!), realizing that the dart was all-kinds of crazy funky.  I unpicked it, sewed it, and it still was cray-cray.  It took THREE more times of ripping the seam and re-sewing before I nailed it.
I had this grand plan of adding pockets on the outside and finishing the top of the pocket with the navy bias tape, but I really got into sewing and suddenly I had inserted the zip.  Oh well, next time.   I decided to use the navy bias tape to add an element that popped.  After my pocket forgetfulness, the arms and hem seemed like the best place to add it.
I did line the neckline with bias tape but after another try-on (two fittings!?! Holy Cow -- I'm on a roll!) the neckline looked silly.  I folded it under.  I also noticed that I probably needed a slight swayback adjustment.  And for more emphasis - next time!  I am happy overall with the fit and the look of the dress.  It is 'spicy' or rather, on closer inspection, 'wavy'.
I do have a soft spot for dresses but in this Sew Indie Month -- I bought Sewn Square One's Paper Bag Pant pattern and The Closet Case Files' Bombshell swimsuit.   I also downloaded Swoon's Scarf Neck cardigan -- I actually made the cardigan before I made the dress.  It was a colossal fail.  I used some black knit I had in my stash that was difficult to sew. I prevailed -- in the end, I looked like a drape experiment gone bad. A sea of black knit.  Trying to remedy the situation made it worse as I hacked off way too much.  *Sigh* At least the pattern is taped together for the right material and adjustments.
Now for the good part: a giveaway.  I know the month is almost ending but I am so happy the semester in done and that summer is here.  That means s much needed sew-cation!  To celebrate I am giving away a $20 Gift Card to Fabric.com.   That way you can choose some great fabric to sew up a new indie pattern you may have waiting in your stash.   You can enter via Rafflecopter below.  It will close on May 31st at 11:59 pm, Central Daylight Time.  All are welcome to enter -- enjoy!

Happy Sewing,
Annie





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24 Responses to “Sew Indie Month: My Dandelion Dress and a Giveaway”

  1. My favorite Indie pattern would have to be the Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Top I just finished sewing! I don't have many Indie patterns at all, but I would love to try the Cake Patterns. It's amazing how many Indie pattern choices there are now. I absolutely love your dress! It fits you well, and your hard work paid off! The contrast of the navy is another great feature.

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  2. I love the Crescent Skirt pattern by Sewaholic. It's really flattering for a range of body types and a bit different.

    That dress turned out beautifully - I like your fabric choice.

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  3. I love your dress!and fabric fits perfect. I know nothing about indie patterns, but I know that they love purple,orange and yellow colours... best regards!

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  4. I love your dress - sewing, like science, favors persistence. My faves: Anna by BHL and Sewaholic's Thurlows. I'm a sewing scientist, too;) Lola

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  5. I love this dress. The sleeves fit nice and the darts give it nice shape. I think I will give this one a try. I have looked at it a number of times.

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  6. CUTE!

    I've not sewn very many Indie patterns, although I've loved the ones I did sew (Lady Skater for my daughter, Winter Street Dress for me, Kimono tee like 82 times)... :)

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  7. I love the Ailakki Pattern from Named!

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  8. The dress looks fantastic on you. Never seen raglan sleeves and princess seams together...what a combination! I love the trim too! My favorite Indie patterns are the archer and the renfrew!

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  9. Beautiful dress and fabric! I love the way you added the piping on the sleeves and hemline. The dress detail is interesting and I am thinking to give a pattern a try :)
    You look great Annie and love your pictures.

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  10. That is such a cute dress!! I love it!

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  11. Very cute. This pattern looks so versatile. Great !. Hoppping over from the linky at SimpleSimonAndCo. Do visit me at TheHobbyHarbor - Diya

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  12. Cute dress. I am loving the ladies Caroline from mouse house creations.

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  13. Love what you did with the navy bias tape there! I'm interested in trying that Bombshell swimsuit that you linked to!

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  14. I love the clean simple shape of this dress. Its really great and can be so different depending on the fabric. Very nice.

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  15. There are a whole bunch of indie patterns I want to try for myself and for my 5 year old granddaughter. I think the next to purchase and download will be the Geranium dress from Made-by-Rae, followed by the Julia cardigan from Mouse House. Thanks for your kind giveaway.

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  16. Lovely dress. Great fit and the bias trim finishes it off beautifully

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  17. What a gorgeous dress. I love the contrasting trim

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  18. Great job! I'm working on a Dandelion dress as well; it's nice to see such fun versions out there.

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  19. It's so pretty - after the trauma of those darts, it turned out beautifully. I love the binding on the hemline - you are slim so you can get away with it. Worth the crazy's - enjoy wearing it now that you are free to enjoy summer :)

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  20. That dress looks amazing on you. You did an awesome job! It fits perfectly. I would love for you to link up at my linky party, which is all about sewing for ourselves.

    http://handmadedresshaven.blogspot.com/2014/05/sew4me-tuesdays.html

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  21. I have never sewed an indie pattern, but I would like to try the Washi dress, or something by Collette

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  22. I love this dress on you. The print is simple and elegant. I have just cut out a dandelion dress. I hope it looks as good as yours.

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I love to hear what you think -- it makes my day! I will try to respond to each of them.

Annie