sewing: striped out and about dress

Out and About Dress Pattern Sewn by Adirondack InspiredThis is a catch-up post, since I made this dress to wear to Thanksgiving dinner.  I am at the point of my Handmade Wardrobe journey where I am making items on an as-needed basis.  As in, I needed a dress to wear to Thanksgiving.  

I found this great striped fabric at Jo Ann’s, and while I really love those wide stripes, it is just not wearing that well.  Nothing horrible, but it has faded and is pilling a bit and also pulling where the stitches are on the neckline, almost like the start of a run in a stocking.  I keep trying to get a ‘bargain’ on fabric, (bargain fashion shopping is  engrained in my psyche) even though the entire philosophy behind why $5.00 sweaters exist in the first place is a whole lotta ‘ugh.’

The dress pattern is Sew Caroline’s Out and About Dress. It’s an intensely gratifying sew, and I plan to make a couple more for summer.  I modified it a bit, having made the pattern before.  I don’t quiiite remember now, but I’m pretty sure I maybe raised the waist a half inch or inch, and took out the curve so it just cuts straight across.  I love the 3/4 sleeves, too, it’s my favorite sleeve length.  I didn’t wind up hemming these at all, they curl up nicely.  I actually do mean to go back and hem them (I think I ran out of thread at the 11th hour…?).  I added a LOT of length to the hem…eight inches or so, which gave me enough fabric for a nice fat hem that I wound up really loving.  I think the extra weight at the bottom of the skirt helps it swing a bit nicer.

Out and About Dress Pattern Sewn by Adirondack InspiredOut and About Dress pattern sewn by Adirondack Inspired

I finished the neckline with some black bias tape, which you normally don’t do with knits, but I knew this fit over my head no problem, and I like the contrast edge.

Out and About Dress Pattern Sewn by Adirondack Inspired

Out and About Dress Pattern Sewn by Adirondack Inspired

The main reason it’s taken three months to blog a project, is that it’s rather difficult to figure out a way to get photos of yourself.  I’ve done tripod and timer, and a lot of husband-takes-the-photos.  This time, my friend Amy took them for me.  She’s pretty amazing, just look through these.  Really, go look.  So I showed up with a couple of dresses, handed her my camera (she handed me a mimosa) and we hung outside in the 12 degree weather while our kids stared out the window thinking it was all perfectly normal.  I saw this quote on Instagram awhile back, and it’s so true!











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  • Reply Mie @ Sewing Like Mad March 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    OKAY….this dress is SERIOUSLY amazing!!! Love love love!! And yes, I’m planning on raising my waistline too the next time I make another…and there will be others….I love the one I made and want more :-)

  • Reply Olga Becker March 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    The dress is amazing and you are simply stunning!

  • Reply Meghan March 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Love the dress!! And I love the new blog layout! Friends that hand you mimosas are the best

  • Reply Abby March 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    You are so cute Monica! Seriously! Looove the dress!

  • Reply Trine March 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Wow! You look amazing. I love that dress ♡

  • Reply inspinration March 2, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Great dress and beautiful pictures, nice friend!

  • Reply Jenya March 2, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I absolutely love this dress. It is a shame about fabric. I hear you about bargain shopping. Love the story behind the photo shoot! Oh our kids find a lot of weir stuff normal, hey!

  • Reply Amy March 2, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Love this. Your quote made me laugh and cry! xo

  • Reply Teresa March 2, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Okay, loads of questions and compliments! Your website looks be-u-tiful!!! And so does your dress! Did you do the website on your own? And I know you’ve sewed the out and about dress and the lady skater dress. What do you think about both patterns (compared to each other)?

  • Reply kristin March 2, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Dress looks awesome! And I also love the website!! And I really love your woodpile backdrop, I want one!

  • Reply Diana March 3, 2015 at 12:40 am

    You are stunning!
    Real friendship is more than treasure.

  • Reply Michelle March 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Seriously love this!

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