Blue Skies Are Callin’ Dress

This is the sleeveless and cowl-less variation of my Verity dress/shirt pattern. I cut this one out before I made the changes to the pattern that I noted with this version from earlier this summer. That’s why the bodice is still too short. Oh, well. Who cares? I still like it. 🙂

IMG_8552The dress has a flared skirt, just like the first one. This time, since I was working with a striped fabric, I decided to make a chevron on the front and back seams. I should have let the fabric settle before hemming the dress, but I didn’t think about it. I sure have been throwin’ out a lot of “shoulda, coulda, woulda’s” lately.

I made the chevron point down instead of up. Why? I just like to be contrary sometimes. 😛


Oh, before we go any further, I should point out that I’m aware of the spots on the dress in all of the pictures. Sorry to disappoint, but I didn’t pee my dress (I suppose you have deduced that I’m a female, so you’d have to wonder how I would’ve managed that anyway.). You see, I have this drinking problem…

striker-struggling-to-drink-water-1It’s a closely guarded secret. I’ve been working through this problem for years, but I’m not sure I’ll ever overcome it. Don’t say I never share any of my secrets with you.

IMG_8553The weather has been beautiful lately. Every morning I’ve been tricked into thinking that I want to be outside, until the bugs turn me into their petite dejeuner.

The wind came along at just the right moment for this photo. I just love how the skirt looks!

IMG_8559I serged the seams, as usual, and I stabilized the shoulder seams with seam finish tape.

I guess my center front seam needed a good pressing before I went out.

I could’ve topstitched the armhole binding down, but I opted for handstitching. IMG_8613I like the way topstitching looks too, but I was in an unusual mood to hand stitch. Besides, I handstitched the hem, as well. So everything looks nice and clean on the outside.

IMG_8615I wish I had a yellow belt to go with this dress. I may have to make one because I haven’t had any luck finding one.

IMG_8573I’m really starting to LOVE working with stripes. It takes extra effort to carefully cut the fabric out and match the stripes when sewing, but it’s so worth it. I suppose I’m shedding some of my sewing laziness and molting into a new and improved seamstress. 😀

IMG_8577Photo dump time!

IMG_8575IMG_8588This dress is perfect for frolicking around on summer weekends or evenings (when I’m not working on the house or yard, that is).





IMG_8605All I can think about now is projects that involve directional fabric patterns. 😀

IMG_8589Can you believe it’s already August? Fellow sewers, do you have any more sewing planned for this season, or are you planning for the season ahead already?

  1. Rosie Wednesday

    August 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    This looks fantastic on you! And I love the setting for the pictures. I am still trying to finish up sewing for this season! I am hoping to get another Bombshell swimsuit stitched!

    1. Becca

      August 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you! I have an endless list of things I want to sew for the spring and summer. I know that I could stand to look ahead and sew for the fall and winter, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Good luck finishing your next Bombshell swimsuit!

  2. Boony

    August 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Apologies if you’ve already written this, but I’m guessing this is a stretchy, jersey fabric? I’ve always been scared of trying to sew with stretch fabric because of it getting out of shape

    1. Becca

      August 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Oh, oops. I guess I forgot to mention that. It’s a jersey knit that I bought in the garment district in LA last summer. Don’t be scared about sewing with stretch fabric. It’s really not as scary as it seems. It’s all a matter of using the proper needle and stitch option. Stretch knit is my favorite material to work with. You should give it a go!


    August 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    REALLY cute! It’s simple but still pretty and flattering. I love the underbust gathers and the shape of the skirt. Oh, and stripes! Yay stripes!

    I’m still sewing for this season. I wish I could say I was pulling out the wooly knits, but it generally stays warm here until at least November… although it’s been cool this summer (and rainy, wtf?), so who knows?! Anyway, I’m trying to make myself feel better by making clothes that Autumn colors/summer weight, and stuff that layers easily 🙂

    1. Becca

      August 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks! This is one of my favorite dress shapes. Stripes are the best!

      I have a hard time looking ahead a season, especially when it’s still warm. The first couple weeks of July were pretty warm, but we’ve had an unusually cool summer since then here in Maryland, too. I’m with you about making lightweight clothes in Autumn colors. I like to wear a lot of my wardrobe throughout the whole year.

  4. Marie

    August 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What a cute dress – love the underbust gathers too and stripes are so much fun! I have a drinking problem too…I’m forever missing my big mouth and I don’t even know how that’s possible! I’m still sewing for this season and may even skip autumn/winter sewing just to catch up with my endless summer wishlist of makes!

    1. Becca

      August 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thanks! Haha! Glad to know I’m not the only one with a drinking problem. 😉 I would usually rather be sewing for the spring or summer, too. I hope you’re able to catch up on your summer wishlist. Although, if you’re like me, I’m sure you’ll just keep adding right back to it. 😉 I know that I should be looking ahead, because my self-stitched wardrobe is lacking in the fall/winter months. Oh well. At least I can wear a lot of my clothes year round, as long as I layer.

  5. Kathy

    August 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Another lovely dress! I love it 🙂 I think I’m about done with warm weather sewing. I am thinking about some fall/winter stuff now. I am going to probably soon make a short list of patterns I want to sew up and go about it all in a bit more planned fashion this year. What’s funny is I cut out fabric for a summery dress last week but I think I don’t want to even sew it up now!

    1. Becca

      August 7, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Thank you! I wish I had your discipline to start thinking about fall/winter sewing. You’re smart to have a plan for your sewing this season. I’m sure you’ll be far more successful and productive in the next season than I will. If only I could learn to stick to the plans that I make. That is funny about the dress that you cut out and have lost interest in. I guess you must have an internal clock that tells you it’s time to move on to the next season’s sewing projects. 😀

  6. Rosabella

    August 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow what a lovely shaped dress. A perfect fit! I especially like the way you bound the neck with the horizontal stripes. I too have only recently started enjoying fiddly things like matching stripes. As for next seasons, I blame fashion magazines for getting me excited for sewing winter coats again!

    1. Becca

      August 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Thank you! I thought about going with a bias cut strip for the neckband, but I liked the horizontal stripes better than the swirling diagonal stripes. Yeah, it definitely makes it easier to start thinking about next season’s sewing projects when the fashion magazines and sites are focused on winter styles. I’m already thinking about sewing a coat, too. 🙂

  7. Sally {thequirkypeach}

    August 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    This is SOOO cute! Love the small stripe and the knit and the fit and the pictures and just everything! 🙂

    1. Becca

      August 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks! 😀

  8. EmSewCrazy

    August 6, 2013 at 12:22 am

    OOhh you look super cute! What a fun dress. Beware! Playing with stripes gets addicting pretty quick! You got some lovely photos too.
    I’ve got a few things I’d still like to get done for this summer but I’m already planning some transitional pieces so I’m prepared for when the weather turns cold.

    1. Becca

      August 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Thanks! Yeah, I’ve been addicted for a while but in denial. 🙂 Transitional pieces are definitely the way to go. I sew a lot those myself. Good luck finishing up the summer pieces!

  9. ShanniLoves

    August 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    So simple and cute!! I’m still stuck on sewing summer. I have so much stuff I wanted to sew but haven’t/won’t get too!!

    1. Becca

      August 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Thank you! Yeah, I’m the same way. I always have to-do list of an absurd and impossible length. Good luck finishing what you can! 🙂

  10. craftsanctuary

    August 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    This color looks so pretty on you! Nice job with the stripe matching. Not to make you go on a super belt hunt, but it would look really cute with a red one too 🙂 I also have a drinking problem. I miss my mouth at least once a week…sigh

    1. Becca

      August 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you! I agree, a red belt would look awesome! Glad to know I’m not the only one with such issues. 🙂

  11. Rachel V Nunes

    August 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    What length of yellow belt would you need? I have one that came with a dress that is too small for even the smallest part of my waist.

    1. Becca

      August 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Oh cool, thanks! 🙂 I would need something that buckles at about 26.5-27″ around.

  12. gingermakes

    August 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Cute! This looks so sweet on you!

  13. foamofdays

    August 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Beautiful photos and beautiful dress! Suits you perfectly! I love the way you played with the stripes!

    1. Becca

      August 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  14. Gjeometry

    August 11, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Lovely dress! Very summery and I like how you made the chevrons in a teepee instead of a V. And, ooooh, hand sewing, nicely done. I have so many projects planned for summer, it just isn’t funny. Sadly, it’s been so cold and grey here that I’ve not been a) in the mood to sew them and b) would not be appropriate weather to wear them anyway. So disappointing. 🙁

    1. Becca

      August 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks! That sounds very disappointing. Hopefully the weather will turn around for you soon.

  15. Heather Feather

    August 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I would wear that dress in a heartbeat! I love it! The stripes are so fantastic, and I love that pattern!

    1. Becca

      September 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Aww, thanks Heather. 🙂

  16. ooobop!

    September 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Such a pretty dress. So incredibly flattering. And your photos are a delight too!

    1. Becca

      September 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you so much!

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