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Rayon Challis and A Ruffle using Simplicity 8124

Hello everyone! 

I recently made a summer dress from Simplicity 8124 and added a ruffle to the neckline!

Let me just start by saying that I have had this pattern in my stash for a good while but decided to finally use it because I received this amazing Rayon Challis from LaFinch Fabrics that I wanted to make a light and comfortable dress out of.

I’ve gotten rather obsessed with light fabrics that breathe easily because it’s hot where I live and I hate feeling like I’m suffocating in my clothes because of heavier fabrics. Wearing fabrics like rayon challis and cotton lawns are heavenly for me. I desperately need to be able to breathe in my clothes. Haha!

While working with this pattern I found out quickly that it runs extremely large and that I would have to to work my way around that.

I cut out a small based on my measurements however, I had to take this dress in quite a bit so that it did not look like a tent on my frame. I accomplished this by trying on the dress inside out and making markings on where I wanted to take it in with chalk. 

I did not have enough fabric to add the sleeves so I decided to improvise and add a ruffle neckline to this dress becase I have recently been inspired by this look on Instagram and I really didn’t have anything like this in my wardrobe. I created a ruffle by simply measuring out how large I wanted it to be. This measurement is all based on preference and how much you want your ruffle to stand out.  I ended up cutting out a rectangle that was about 10 inches by 29 inches.

I finished my armscyes by simply hemming and pressing them. I was too lazy that day to add bias tape to finish off the arms but please do this if you feel the need to.



Overall this was a very quick and easy make and I will most likely use the pattern again but just knowing that I will have to size down the pattern a great deal. I would also like to try and add the sleeves next time when I have a bit more fabric to work with. 

Here is the dress with and without a belt to show the different looks that can be created. 

Please let me know if you have used this pattern and what your thoughts were in the comments. 

Have a beautiful day!

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An Orla Affair in La Finch Fabric.

So this is my second make in my summer wardrobe series where I got the pleasure of working with this AMAZING cotton lawn from LA Finch Fabrics.


 This fabric has a beautiful mix of greens, purples and pinks. And if you live in a warm climate like I do it’s perfectly light and breathable for high heat and humidity.

I decided that I would make another French Navy Orla with this fabric.  If you follow me regularly you know that I have already made two of these and that I love this pattern not only because it is a free download but because of the beautiful simplicity of the pattern. I also was inspired by the latest posts on Instagram where it is an Orla month presented by the amazing bloggers listed below.

I love that everyone is getting inspired to make their own Orla and put their personal touch to the lovely silhouette of this dress.

I wanted to make my third Orla a tad bit different than my first two and decided to modify the sleeves by making a sleeveless dress and adding frilled sleeves. I had never made frilled sleeves before however, I was determined once the thought entered my mind to make them. Creativity is a beast sometimes. Haha!

I sewed up my Orla like normal and then cut out two sets of sleeves by measuring across about 19 inches wide of fabric with a slightly curved section at the top. 


You can definitely use a dressmakers ruler for this but I just eyeballed my sections. I then sewed up the flat side together with right sides facing and sewed up and gathered the curved sections. I then attached the gathered sleeves to my armcyes that I had already hemmed. 

The amount of gathering is completely up to you but this amount works for me. I love the look of these sleeves and I will definitely be using this same look on future projects.


I decided to make my own bias tape for the neckline which I stitched in the ditch all the way across.

I attached a lime green invisible zip, added pockets and I was pretty much done save the hemming.


I love this dress even more than I thought that I would! This fabric is amazing and it definitely makes me want to work with more cotton lawns especially if they are as beautiful as this floral print! 





Thank you for all the lovely comments and please let me know what you are making for your summer wardrobe.

Have a beautiful day!

Cotton Lawn from La Finch

French Navy Orla Pattern

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At the Arboreum in my Seamwork Catarina

Hello all!

It’s summertime and I am so excited about summer dresses, lounging by the pool, and long days at the beach! While looking for a summer wardrobe I tend to go for bright colors, light and easy fabrics and breathability for the intense sun rays downhere in Florida.

This is the first of a series where I plan on making multiple summer inspired pieces that hopefully can inspire you to start making a summer wardrobe or to simply add a couple of pieces in with what your already have.

I got inspired by the Seamwork Catarina and I was lucky enough to have so many Seamwork pattern download credits that I didn’t have to pay any additional money for this pattern. 


I love the simple silhouette of the Catarina and feel that it has the potential to be a summer or winter staple because it can easily be worn with a cardigan to make it more cozy in the colder months. I picture this pattern as a chic and simple summer dress which could be perfect for a theme park day (I live in Oralndo, FL) or a romantic summer date night.

I bought this amazing Floral Crepe from La Finch Fabrics after falling in love with it on their website. 


It is called “At The Arborutum”and comes in 4 different colors. I chose to purchase it in the color Sage. These crepes are some of newest additions on their website for summer and they are absolutely beautiful. This crepe combined with the Catarina pattern is my first summer make for this blog series!


For the Catarina, I decided to go with a size 4 which has worked well for me in the past with Seamwork and Colettte patterns. This is a very simple pattern which has a lined bodice and a waist tie. The only part which I had no experince with was creating adjustable shoulder straps. I actually did not purchase the 1/2 inch bra srap rings and sliders that the pattern calls for and instead cut out rings and sliders from an old bra that I no longer wore.


This worked just fine because I was way to impatient to take a trip to my local fabric store and I got to upcycle my old bra in a way! The directions for the adjustable straps are very staraight forward and allowed me to smoothly create my first pair of adjusble straps in no time.

After completing the bodice I attached it to the skirt and then attached the elastic to the skirt. The pattern calls for clear elastic but again I did not want to run up to my fabric store to retrieve any and instead used a regular cotton elastic that I had in my stash. 


I have replaced regular cotton elastic for clear elastic in the past and I have not run into any issues with this so far. I am assuming that the clear elastic allows for more comfort in wear however, the cotton kind by no means bothers me and I do not find it at all uncomfortable. It also is a tad bit less expensive than clear elastic.

So let’s talk about this amazing fabric some more! It was so easy to work with and I highly recommend it especially if you have not yet entered into working with more slippery and light fabrics and want to try making a dress, skirt or a blouse with crepe! It is easy to handle and is lovely enough to work with many types of projects. 

I am so glad that I chose to use this print. It has a lovely mix of soft green, terquoise, navy blues and black and whites.




I just love the final result of my summer make number one! Please let me know in the comments what you are making for the summer! 

Have a beautiful day!