Talk about HAPPY!!! This lemon fabric makes me ridiculously happy to look at, and I simply couldn’t wait to turn this buttery goodness into a casual dress for Summer.
The fabric is Yuma Lemons Mist in Knit by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics, and it is absolutely perfect. A nice soft yellow color that doesn’t hurt the eyes, but still feels soft and refreshing.
Initially I was going to make a maxi dress with this fabric goodness, but once I tried on the almost finished product I decided to chop the hem. I was being swallowed by lemons!!! Ha! I absolutely love how this dress turned out, and I am pretty sure I found my new Summer uniform.
Make this Look: Freshwater Lemon Dress
MAKE THIS LOOK: Freshwater Lemon Dress
- Pattern – Freshwater dress, Sewing in No Man’s Land
- Fabric – Yuma Lemons Mist in Knit by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics
- Time needed – 2 to 3 hours
- Skill level – Advanced beginner (familiar with or learning how to sew with knits)
THOUGHTS ON PATTERN:
The freshwater dress pattern by Sewing in No Man’s Land is a great closet staple. I already own a few store bought dresses with this similar silhouette, and I wear them over and over again. It was time to start making my own, considering how often these dresses were on rotation. The fit is loose and comfortable, I had to size up in between my bust and waist – but that is just a fact of life for most post-baby sewing patterns for me. Ha! Once you have the pattern pieces cut out, it is straight forward and super easy to sew together. I like the gathered skirt, it has just enough fullness without being to much fabric (too many gathers can just add unnecessary weight to a dress, making it pull). Its a great sewing pattern for beginner knit seamstress. As mentioned previously, the pattern is actually for a maxi dress – but I modified it by shortening the length. It is offered in short sleeves of 3/4 sleeve option, which would be perfect for Autumn dresses. The price point is super reasonable at only $8, especially for a classic pattern that you will use more than once. Furthermore, this bodice pattern would work great as a block for knit dresses. So it is definitely a good one to keep around.
My only negative feedback is the skirt paper pattern pieces. I know this is a personal preference, but I hate piecing together unnecessary paper. My time is valuable to me – and taping paper together just takes too much time. I wish there was an option for simply telling me the rectangle skirt measurements, instead of having a skirt pattern piece. I know some people would rather have the paper pattern…I am not one of those people. Give me measurements :).
Overall, its a great pattern for the right price. Love it!
Little man thinks so too…
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…