Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sew Weekly Challenge: The Perfect Summer Dress or "Orange is My Signature Color"


Friends, it is no surprise to people who have met me that the glorious color orange is my signature color.  I love the way it pops out and shocks your eye, and I even wear it when people say it clashes with my hair. Because clashing means I am a rock star, right?  Right.

I have been carrying around this muumuu dress for about five years, never knowing what to do with it but knowing that I love the fabric.  Has anyone else carried around a piece of fabric until they found the perfect pattern?  Someday inspiration will strike, so don't let it go!  

I had another dress cut out and ready to go under the needle when I turned my head ninety degrees and saw, sticking out between some orange burlap (it has stripes, ya'll) and some blue and green plaid (destined to be a pair of bell bottoms in the near future) this dress.  And I knew it was time.


The back of this floor length dress had some crazy wings/draping/cape thing going on.  This needed to go if I ever planned on wearing this in public.

I took in the sides of the dress, removed the excess (!!) fabric, shortened the hem and added a stellar ruffle.
And now, we samba.


I love the colors, the flowers, the ruffle and the over sassiness factor of this outfit.

The back sans cape thingy.

I cannot wait to wear this out in public! I love that my toes and shoes match.  Tres matchy matchy.

Day 2 of Me Made June had me wearing the shirt below which I got at a clothing swap, but it was definitely a little too loose for my taste.


I took the shirt in on the sides, making the shape a little more flattering.  Dear Ann Taylor, I heart your face and necklines.  Love, Meg.  


I made the necklace out of some fabulous black beads I had lying around, and the skirt is a hand me down from my sister and it used to reach to my calves.  I'm not in high school choir anymore - I can get rid of the long, clingy, greyish skirts.  Chop off some inches and I go from choir girl to sexy secretary. Just go with it.
I also made the fabulous sun hat!

Dahlink!  I  promise I am wearing enough sunscreen!


The sun hat is from A Very Purple Person's pattern from the ever fabulous Grosgrain blog.  So easy to make and I am digging the style...

can't wait to wear it on the beach next week :)

Friends, have a fabulous evening!  I'm off to finish packing my flip flops and orange accessories for vacay!

5 comments:

  1. Love the sundress! So fun, summery, and oh so much better than it was in its original form. Great work! :]

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  2. What fun pictures! The orange dress is fabulous! The blouse transformation is great too. You're on a roll :)

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  3. The orange dress is awesome!

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  4. A friend once said to me: 'But you can't be wearing red, you have red hair!' as if this was really unheard of. And the worst part is - I listened! Next time someone says this to me, I'll just keep in mind that I'm a rockstar. Redheads can wear ANYTHING. Right!
    (Great dress btw :))

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