Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Perfect Dress x2


Pattern: Sweetheart Dress by Patterns for Pirates ~ There are many variations to this pattern.  I chose: Short Sleeves – banded and knee length circle skirt.

Size: Large – Fits true to size


Instructions: Fantastic.  These are hand-holding instructions with step by step photos. This pattern would be excellent for beginners to advanced sewists. 


Fabric: 2 yards Charcoal Slub-Look Jersey Knit, 95% Polyester/5% Lycra, Looks and feels like an ITY.  I purchased this in July 2015 from fashionfabricsclub for $7 total for the 2 yards.


Thoughts: I love this dress. The fit is spot on and it is such a classic style.  I like how comfortable it is to wear and that it was a fast sew.  We had a funeral to attend the end of August and I had nothing to wear to the wake/viewing.  I made this and the following dress for Miss K in 2.5 hours total.  I see many more of these dresses in my future.

Pattern: McCalls M7079


Size: 12 for shoulders and bust, size 14 for the rest.

Instructions: this pattern is well written and well drafted.  No issues following the instructions.  This dress sews up fast. I must note that the pattern calls for you to simply turn and stitch the neckline, I used binding instead.

Fabric: 2 yards gray, super soft “Pontiroma,” a poly blend, lighter than Ponte, but a nice weight; from walmart; I forget when I bought this. Total for 2 yards was $10.88. 


Thoughts:  This style of dress looks great on Miss K.  I needed a respectable and conservative dress fast – we had no luck at any department store so I whipped this up and it was perfect.
Previous sews with this pattern:  A beautiful Roses Dress in August 2016;  and also a then-failed rib knit dress which K loves and wears all the time now, made in July 2015 (near the bottom of the post)

**We’ve had a rough couple months here at the Sunny household.  My husband’s grandpa passed away the end of August.  Two weeks later we had to tragically and unexpectedly put our much treasured Nala puppy to sleep.  She was only 6 years old.  Our house just doesn’t feel the same.  (You’ve seen Nala make a quite a few appearances on the blog here over the years). To top things off my truck broke down twice in this time and numerous small things happened as well.  My health has not been well – though fall is usually hard for me.  I am slowly trying to get back up and going so you will see more from me soon.** 

Happy Sewing


  1. Kristin I'm so sorry things are tough right now. Sincerely hoping a turn happens soon. Very sorry for the losses you guys have experienced.

    Both you and Ks dresses are very pretty.

    1. Thank you Nakisha! One day at a time, one foot in front of the other :)

  2. Sorry about things being tough at present. I hope they will improve soon and you'll start to feel better.

  3. The dress both dresses fit beautifully. I actually really like the sober colours. Sorry to hear about your pup - I know how much I adore my dogs, they are members of the family. Hope you're feeling better soon x

    1. Thanks Philippa! Dog parents really do understand :) Hug your pups extra well for me!

  4. I am sorry to hear of all your hardships. I hope life is smiling upon you and your family soon! Lots of hugs from Norway ;)

    (and of course; dresses look great! Well done!)

    1. Thank you Siri! We are slowly returning to a "normal" routine in our lives. :)


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