Sanibel Dress + My Fabric Designs

I made the Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns, using organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs. Read on for a review and peek at my newest print, Beachy Keen. Or, skip to the bottom for links:)

Sanibel Dress in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

I cut a size XL for my Sanibel Dress. I saw Ajaire’s glamour romper a while back and knew I had to make this pattern.

Sanibel Dress pattern: inside view

This dress has beautiful finishing. There’s a back yoke and no visible seams on the cuffs. I added French seams everywhere, even the pockets.

Sanibel Dress from Hey June patterns

The Sanibel Dress pattern is designed with a lot of ease throughout the top. It’s meant to fit loosely and cinch in at the waist. If you have normally employ a swayback adjustment, you may eneed up with some fabric pooling in the back. I removed a lot of fabric from the bottom back seam. I cut off about 4″ in a half moon-ish shape, keeping the side seams their original length.

Sanibel Dress and Romper pattern review

I ended up adding a 3″ band for length since I didn’t pay attention to finished garment length. It’s still a bit short for me, so I’ll be adding more for my next version. I’m 5″6, for reference. But I also have a full bust and a long torso which contributes to the issue, regardless of height.

Sanibel Dress

Be sure to pay attention to seam allowances, especially the shoulder seams. I didn’t, and as a result my neckline didn’t match my collar stand. I pulled a pleat at the center back and Tim Gunned it.

Sanibel Dress collar front/back

The improvised pleat and not making a muslin were the only 2 crimes I committed while making the Sanibel Dress. I haven’t made tons of collars and this was my first time sewing a real cuff. I usually favor less involved projects, so I really took my time on this dress. I think my collar looks pretty good, for a newb!

Sanibel Dress button placket

Also worth a quick brag: the button placket and impeccable print matching on the pockets. You can barely see them; where’d they go?! I may add decorative bar tacks on the pockets later.

Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns

I cut off my feet in every single shot I took of my Sanibel Dress. Which is shameful, because I had on really cute wedges. And I never get to wear wedges!!

Sanibel Dress from Hey June Patterns, in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

But I want to tell you about the fabric, not my shoes. This was my first time using the organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs. It comes with a slight sheen that comes off during your pre-wash.

Beachy Keen by Amy Mayen. Available in 26 different types of fabric at My Fabric Designs

After washing, I had a light, soft, tightly woven cotton. It feels like a high quality voile but it’s opaque enough that no lining is needed for a dress. It breathes really well, so it’s perfect in this heat.

It frays a little more than quilting cotton. I used fray check* in the nooks and crannies, like the collar points. I also recommend fine pins or Wonder Clips* for this type of fabric.  (*Amazon affiliate links.)

My design is called Beachy Keen, and it’s available in 26 different types of fabric. If you purchase on of my prints, I recieve a small commission. Let me know if you do, so I can say thank you!

Sanibel Dress in Beachy Keen; organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

Pattern: Sanibel Dress and Romper from Hey June

Fabric: Beachy Keen in organic cotton sateen from My Fabric Designs

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American Flag Pallet Display

This DIY American flag pallet makes an easy gate marker or patriotic display for 4th of July. Plus, it’s easy, fast, and inexpensive. Win!

American Flag Pallet Display

I made this American flag pallet last year but never got around to showing it on the blog. I used it to mark my gate for our 4th of July party since rural driveways tend to look pretty monotonous. It’s much easier than “2 farms after the farm with all the cows” or “look for the crooked willow that bends to the north”.

(It just occurred to me how badly I need to make a permanent gate marker with my address. I’ll add that to the to-do list.)

Making an American flag pallet display

I’ve been so busy getting ready for this year’s party that I didn’t have time to sew much or write last week. Luckily I had these pictures from last year; hurray for finally writing a blog post!!

It was the easiest thing to make and I had all the supplies. I’ve seen a million of these on Pinterest and had to make my own American flag pallet. I used leftover paint and an old kitchen sponge for the stripes. The stars were free handed with a tiny kids paintbrush. Whatever works, right?

Trust me, you do not need to be crafty to make this. You could paint any flag really, show team spirit, or design a pallet for every holiday.

American flag pallet display

I’m really excited for our party. Last year we had a pretty good turnout, and I bet we have more people this year. I’m not going overboard on decorations, but I do think that bright colors and festive displays set the atmosphere. If I have time I’ll show you some of the other ideas we are copying off Pinterest. But then again, I said that last year! I have a 4th of July board on Pinterest if you’re interested. I also have a party ideas board that you might like.

Until next time!

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Sew Fashionable 06/20/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Where did this week go?! I only have one weekend left before our 4th of July party and I’M FREAKING OUT! I can’t seem to finish my dress, although it’s looking beautiful. My house is a wreck and I have a bad case of the lazies. Why can’t I have a maid and chef…and a personal life planner? Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Style

Helen’s killing it again with her patchwork sway dress 

An excellent review of the Pneuma Top at The Last Stitch

Kimberly’s Cheyenne shirt

Rochelle’s sleeveless archer 

A gorgeous swimsuit cover and bikini from Margo

Learn

Use a facing on the outside of a garment to add visual interest at SBCC Patterns

Read about zipper gauges at Kommatia Patterns

Shop

Free Sally Skirt pattern from On The Cutting Room Floor

Asymetric Wrap Skirt from Kommatia Patterns

Tripoli Trousers pattern from Bomnie Wiscombe

All these projects and more are featured on my Pinterest boards. Come have a look!

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Sew Fashionable 06/13/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Beachy Keen by Amy Mayen. Available in 26 different types of fabric at MyFabricDesigns.com

Summertime is the ultimate excuse for dragging my feet on sewing projects. I had another week of motivation only to swim and work in the yard. Do you love the new print I designed? It’s called Beachy Keen and it’s available at My Fabric Designs. 

Let’s see what everyone has been making!

Sew Fashionable: A weekly series showcasing beautiful sewing and fashion from across the blogosphere.

Style

Kimberly designed the Carcreek dress and released it as a free pattern at Straight Stitch Designs 

Jade made a swim version of the Sierra Bra 

Katie’s Willow Tank 

Suzannah’s party dress 

Sara’s Hepburn Shorts 

Learn

Tanya wrote a list of places to buy swimwear notions and supplies at The Curvy Sewing Collective

Tany shows us how to sew a narrow French bias facing 

Sew perfect buttonholes from Closet Case Files 

Shop

The Santa Fe Top from Hey June Patterns 
 
 
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Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

Cute sewing project idea for girls: a knit Handkercheif hem tank with a lace back. 

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

This handkerchief hem tank is a result of improvisational sewing. I read Angela’s post last week and my take away was to “let it flow”. So I made this project without much of a plan, and it was a nice break.

I used this stripey knit from Hancock’s (again.) You may recognize the print from a recent tank I made for myself, or maybe these undies. I had a couple odd shaped pieces left, and I really wanted to clean up the scrap bin a little.

Girls Striped Tee with Elastic Lace Neckline Finishing

That’s why the front is cut on fold…because get rid of all the fabric. The neckline and armcyes are trimmed with elastic lace again. I really like this quick, easy finish.

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

The back is elastic lace. It was a little tricky to hem.

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

In my mind, I pictured my niece wearing her handkerchief hem tank with leggings. When she paired it with shorts, I really wished I had made it a bit shorter or longer. But in the spirit of letting it flow: whatever. She’s cool and comfortable. This fabric has had the tendency to shrink up a bit despite pre-washing, so I may end up with more of a t-shirt length anyway. No worries:)

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

We took these photos for her moms birthday. I got some really pretty headshots and we had fun. Her brothers didn’t want photos taken, but you can see my nephew hiding in one of the pictures.

Girls Handkerchief Hem Tank With Lace Back

Pattern: Banyan Tee by Figgys

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