B&W Marbella Dress + Giveaway

Hello lovely people,

I hope all is well with each and everyone of you, if not don't worry- things will look up soon. It has been a while since I've posted because I've been so busy (Don't I say this in every post?) I recently took on a big task of being the main sewist for an up an coming clothing line here in Trinidad and I have a couple other sewing jobs and school activities to balance. Nevertheless I am glad that I got to do a little something for myself and for you guys this week. It's called the Marbella Dress and it's from the newest independent digital pattern designer Kennis from Itch to Stitch.

I absolutely love this dress and it is very much my style and the style my husband loves. It's a classy and elegant sort of dress pattern and there are quite a bit of options depending on the types of fabric used to make it. A boat neck and tulip skirt are always a hit. My version looks most fitting for work wear in the black and white cotton woven fabric that I used. I just love when a dress sits on the true waist and this dress did that for me without any adjustments there for my tall frame.

The details:
I stitched my dress up completely in Size 2 with the A cup pieces
I inverted my tucks to pleats by just reversing the folds
I removed a 1/2 inch of fabric off the center seam neckline
I did not line the skirt of my dress because the fabric was thick so I added interfacing to the hem line to give it a nice shape.

Can I just say now that Kennis is a talented and innovative little lady! She has seen some of the shortcomings of the current digital market and has developed ways to improve it. One of the things she did was make her pattern with cup size variations (A-D) so there is very little need to do a full bust adjustment or a small bust adjustment to your pattern. She has also provided a large range of sizes from 00 to 20 but get this you can view and print only the pattern size you need. No more reading of multiple coloured or dashed lines on your printouts, just the one you need and just for you! As time goes on Kennis will be releasing more patterns and so you can check her shop out.

So, to one lucky reader I will be giving away a PDF copy of the Itch to Stitch Marbella dress pattern for you to make your very own personalised version. All you have to do is comment on this post below and let me know what fabric you might use to make a unique and outstanding version of this dress :)

Thanks to my photographer, hubby and thanks for stopping by guys, God bless!

Check out some more lovely versions
by Kennis
by Jamiesews
by Sew Urbane
by Ginger House Designs


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Geometric print dress

Hey guys, it has been a long time. I've been super busy at many different things. I'm so busy that I don't get to spend as much time looking at the many sewing blog sites I follow, and that makes me sad. I'm so out of it concerning what's happening in the online sewing community....all I know now is that Sally started a Deer and Doe sew along. What other major things am I missing? It has also been a tough week with school registration, sampling and one of my best friends dad passed away so I am not in my best mood.

Anyway today I am here to show you a dress I made not too long ago. My husband and I call it Young and Free because the vibrancy reminds us of that Hillsong album called Young&Free (great gospel stuff). The dress was made using a Butterick pattern B5947. It's a pouch of dress patterns with three different bodice looks, all of which are great styles especially for work wear. 

The fabric, that fabric......Ohhhh the FABRIC, isn't it gorgeous? As soon as I saw it in-store I just had to get it, as a matter of fact I wanted to buy about 6 yards and make everything possible with it; pants, a pencil skirt, a cropped top, you name it. It's a cotton stretch sateen. Don't you love it? If you follow me on Instagram you might have had a glimpse of it back when I purchased it. 

The pattern was great and I'll definitely sew it up again. I shortened the bodice by 1 inch all around and removed about 1/2 inch more at the back waistline grading it toward the sides to remove the funny bulges you tend to see at the back waistline. I cut the bodice in a size 8 which is the smallest size and graded to a 10 at the waist and hip. My only problem with the finished dress is that it chokes me a bit. I'd cut the neckline down an inch next time. 

Thanks for viewing! I really hope the fabric makes you smile as much as it makes me smile. 

God bless!


Colour block fitted dress

Hey all,
I trust all is well! It has been a while........as usual. Sigh. I just want to show you a colour block midi dress I made using bits and bobs of scrap ponte fabric. I made this dress maybe a month or two ago but I had nowhere to go in it..... I still haven't got anywhere to go in it so I put it on, took the pictures, then ran back inside the house quickly. I'm pretty lame sometimes! But in my near distant future I'll wear it to a night event with the girls or with hubby.

The dress is self drafted and was kind of a follow fashion to Victoria Beckham's colour block dress. I wanted to use what I had (stashbusting- I know Sally would be proud) and so I pulled out scraps of a nice blue sparkle ponte and some royal blue ponte as well as they all went well together. My cotton ponte pieces were pretty easy to sew and the majority of it was done on the serger.

 The dress pieces were pretty straightforward and did not require too much expertise with the pattern making. No darts and a pretty simple silhouette such as mine makes it much easier; I didn't have to do any fancy pattern designing for the bust-line as I'm an A cup. The flaw is that I didn't put in a zipper. I did not want to spoil it with a wonky zip so I opted out so it's a bit of doing to get it on....opppps

There is not much else I could say about this one. If anyone has questions let me know!

Hope you like it, take care!