September 23, 2012

Sophisticated Lavender Office Dress

Pattern: McCalls 6433 view B without sleeves.
Fabric: Lavender bedsheet from goodwill $2.49
Lining also a sheet.  White, of course.

My new favorite color today!  I love wearing it and I imagine if I had actually used it as a bedsheets I would have loved it that way too.

[note to self: remember you were going to get into essential oils and get some Lavender?  Receipt acknowledged.]

(It looks like I'm holding a tissue, but it is just the ribbon. :-)
Pleats!  The straight lines in the pleats, darts, and neckline of this dress read sophistication to me.  It is a step closer to haute couture than I usually go and it felt like it!  I did everything right.  I took my time and ironed everything.   (who woulda thunk?  but it actually helps!  :-P ) 

Without   -   With
My only mod to this dress?  A removable lace insert.  I love the feminine look of lace but I also wanted to wear this dress with other colors beneath it and the lace just wasn't working so I made it optional!

It is attached with four sew on snaps in a trapezoidal shape

Without   -   With

Did anyone else inherit their mother's barbies that had clothes with closures like this?  I call them Barbie snaps.  So much better than "Sew on snaps" isn't it?

The Back - slightly wrinkled because I wore it to church Sunday morning
This was a rather time-consuming element.  I wanted the zipper to lay flat and line up perfectly so I hand-stitched it all.  Ugh.  Ah well, I saved time for later by stitching the lining inside down at the same time so it looks and feels neat inside.

These are the first darts I have been really happy with.  When helping a friend fix her very pointy (ugly) darts I was kinda wary but they turned out great.  DON'T backstitch at the end.  Leave tails and tie them twice or in a square knot.  It makes a big difference.

The Invisible Hem
Also hand done.  It looks spectacular.  I wouldn't do it any other way on this type of dress but definitely get something to listen to!  Multitasking is awesome.

Sewing down the lining on the inside...This is the first dress I haven't fully lined in a while.  This means I have to wear a slip but its not so bad really and I'm really happy with the light and airy feel it gives the pleats while I walk.

A very happy seamstress!
With the lace insert and this gorgeous satin ribbon I could totally wear this to a wedding!  I love the femininity of the whole thing.  However, without the insert, adding  a brown tank underneath and a neat brown belt looks great too and I think it would be a perfect office ensemble.


  1. That's quite the classy dress, and it looks nice on you!

  2. This is lovely- I've been admiring this pattern for a while and i mine looks half as good as yours does, I will be very pleased. You really have the fit perfect on this.

  3. Sooo pretty... I love pleats right now!

  4. What a FABULOUS job! You look sensational, & who would think a bed sheet could look so marvellous!! Keep up the great work.

  5. I love this pattern and you sewed it up beautifully. After studying the pattern, do you think it would be feasible to redraft the neckline higher? As cute as your lace insert is it's not my style. What do you think?

  6. Thanks everybody!

    I think you probably could it would just take a couple muslins. Getting the fit right and making sure the proportions match is really the only hard part. The piece and construction of it would make it quite easy.

  7. OMG! Your dress and work are so perfect and wonderful!
    perfect fit... GREAT!

  8. Wow that dress looks BEAUTIFUL! Really, the end result looks like something you might find at New York and Company.

    And if you hadn't mentioned that was made from a Goodwill bedsheet, I wouldn't have even known it. I love it when that happens. I sew from bedsheets as well, so it's nice to see I'm not the only one who likes to sew from bedsheets! :D

  9. Lovely! I love the removable insert. Brilliant idea!