Palm Leaf Caftan Dress

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Prepping for vacation can be a little overwhelming. You spend all your time getting the kids and hubby all packed, and then you're usually left scrambling to pull yourself together. Well I have the perfect caftan dress that will add such an elegant flare to your getaway wardrobe! This dress was done and ready to go in less than 1 hour! Now, who's ready to slay this look?

Here's what I used:

Pattern: Butterick Fast & Easy B5652 Option B- Lengthen or shorten depending on preference.

Fabric: Mood Designer Fabrics Exclusive Key Largo Collection MD0252 Cotton Satin 3.5yds

Beaded Neck Trim 3/4" 1/2yd

This pattern is pretty straight forward and very easy to sew. However, I did make a few minor adjustments. The neckline was a little too high so I dropped it down 2" for a more flattering look. I decided to add a split directly on the center front seam. This breaks up the print and keeps the eye moving while showing a little skin. In addition, I drafted a simple self belt 2 3/4" x 54" (for size small) which actually gives the dress it's shape. While there is an option for patch or side seam pockets, I chose to opt out in order to prevent any bulk. The garment was finished with nice clean french seams and a 1/2" rolled hem. Feel free to add a mesh neck applique or beaded trim as I did for an added touch. Plenty of trim options are available online or you can visit any one of the Mood Fabrics locations trim department for more.

Ok, so let me tell you a little about this neck trim I used. I purchased this trim about 5-6yrs ago at the Mood Fabrics location in New York. I saw it, I loved it, I had to have it. It was definitely impulsive, because this trim had absolutely nothing to do with what I needed that day! LOL! Come on it's Mood! You go in for one thing and 2 hours later..."I'll find something to use with this". So to make a long story short, this pretty beaded trim sat on my shelf in my stash for years! I would always pull it out for various projects, but for some reason it just wasn't right! It never worked with anything (or maybe I thought it was too pretty to use) Well looky, looky! As soon as I got home with my bag of fabric for this project, I pulled out my trim stash and BOOM!! A perfect match for my print! I almost did a little shout!! Don't you just love when that happens! Ok, I just had to share that little moment of sewing bliss.

Now let's get into this pretty palm leaf print! How stunning are these colors? The turquoise ground, with brown, tan and subtle pops of peach and fuchsia are out of this world! This print is screaming to be led to a pink sandy beach. How amazing would you look wearing this while you dine on the waterfront during a romantic sunset? Yes honey I can see you!! LOL!! Another great thing about this piece is that it's very loose-fitting. Just pull it over your head and you're ready to go. No buttons, no zippers! So yes, you could 100% wear this poolside with no belt as a comfy caftan or swimsuit cover-up.

Creating a great looking piece doesn't have to consist of hours or days of sewing for that matter. All you need is an easy pattern, and a great print! Jazz it up with a little sparkle and awesome accessories and you're ready to go!! Now go and get started so you can pack this awesome dress for your trip!

Enjoy!

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 All accessories:  www.sassaries.com

All accessories: www.sassaries.com

"Resort Ready" Stripe Dress

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Are you looking for the perfect easy piece to add to your vacation wardrobe? Well I have just the dress for you! This classic shift dress has all the right details. From the boat neck, to the raised waist and sew on flaps, this dress will have you feeling comfy and chic in no time!! Nothing screams resort wear like a good horizontal stripe!

Here's what I used:

Burda Style Issue 5/2016 Pattern 105 Shift Dress

Fabric:

  • MD0242 Stretch Cotton Satin 2.5yd for size 36- US 4-6
  • 321725 Gray Fusible Woven Cotton Stiffener 1/2 yd
  • INV24-571 Bone 24" Invisible Zipper

Although Burda Style patterns may be a bit more difficult to understand in terms of instruction, this pattern is a quick and easy sew. In addition, this Burda pattern was specifically made for stripes, and is featured in their "Super Stripes" section of their May, 2016 issue.

I personally love the look of a clean stripe with an interesting color way. When I saw this beautiful Mood Fabrics Exclusive cotton satin stripe, I had to get some! This fabric has a creamy light ground with stripes that pop in green, rust, mustard, and olive. Visually it's Sooooooo good! The hand is smooth and soft, and the fabric has plenty of stretch.

Stripes can be a little intimidating when sewing. However, it's all about keeping an eye on how and where you place your pattern pieces before you cut. The good thing is this pattern has stripe placement markings to help guide you. Take your time and you'll match up those stripes just right!

The darts at front, and faux pocket flaps breakup the stripes in a very interesting way. And yes, there's real pockets too!

Such a simple clean classic dress allows room for you to go  wild with accessories! All of my lovely accessories shown are from www.sassaries.com

Enjoy!

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