Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stonemountain Summer Dresses!

      One of the greatest reasons we all love to sew is that you can create something that you can't find in a store.  At Stonemountain & Daughter you have so many choices for great fabric that just SCREAMS "I'm a Dress!".  With your unique choice of fabric, pattern style and your own sewing techniques, you have something that fits and looks great!  If you want support in your sewing, come take a class here with us!

Whenever it gets warm, don't you just long for a cute sundress?
Read on! From Collette to Sewaholic - have we got some great sundresses for you!
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Sewaholic - # 1201 - Cambie
This dress can be made with a full skirt as above or in a slimmer profile as below. The sleeves are gathered and basted before sewn to the bodice - that is how you get that cute shape!
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The full skirt version can be made in lightweight wovens such as cotton voile, Swiss dot, rayon challis or silk dupioni.
This green leaf print cotton voile is really cute. The pink print is a bit sassier. These are so lightweight you may want to line with a Bamberg rayon lining or possibly a silk habotai.
Here are two other fun cotton voile prints to try.
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Here is the same Cambie Dress made up in a slimmer profile.
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Sewaholic Cambie Dress
Sewaholic recommends a linen, cotton sateen or wool for the slimmer profile. Cotton sateen is perfect for summer.
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This dress would be gorgeous in one of our cotton sateen solids
or even in an exquisite cotton sateen print.
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Getting It Done Right: Sewaholic pattern instructions are very clear, easy to read and understand!

Here's a cute dress from Colette.
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This cute princess seam sundress from Colette has a curve skimming fit. The neckline and  pockets are adorned with a flap detail that can be made to contrast. The skirt is slightly  tapered and includes a back kick-pleat for ease of  movement.  

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Silk Dupioni at Stonemountain & Daughter
This pattern would be good in crisp light to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton pique or light suiting.
Fancy it up for evening with an elegant silk twill or dupioni.

Here's another cute sundress pattern from Sewaholic.

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Sewaholic Lonsdale - #1102
This halter-style dress dress secures with either a half or full knot in the front and ties in the back at a cute low bow.
This dress would be great in poplin or lawn.
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What about these cotton lawns?
Do you think you could rock these out?

Want to make these dresses with some help? You can make them in Beginning and Beyond 101 where you would have four or five sessions to complete it! If you have less time, you could make part or all of a dress project in our Mini Beginning and Beyond 102 which is nine hours of sewing in two or three sessions.
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If you need help fitting your dress, we recommend Pattern Adjustment with Barbara Beccio or the Fit Lab with Lynda Maynard. For fitting or construction assistance you can also take one of our popular Sew Labs! Our Sew Labs are created to assist you on any phase of your project, so you get the help you need!

This flirty dress is from Kwik Sew. Be forewarned, this dress has sixteen panels. It isn't difficult, but it will be take some time to sew. The panels or gores act as fitting devises and work well on any body type. Your efforts should pay off and it will fit like a dream. 
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Kwik Sew 3520          
This dress is an opportunity to have fun with different fabrics.
 I think this would work well with our "retro" historical cottons and create a very contemporary and wearable look!

"Pin post-it notes to your pattern pieces or keep them pinned to paper pattern pieces until you are ready to sew. This can save you time and from mixing up multiple pieces on a complex pattern."  
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This dress can be made from two or four different fabrics.  
Of course there are sixteen panels -  
so you no one will stop you if you do more!

Anna Maria Horner's Socialite Dress also has some nice gathering details. The neckline at front and back are slightly gathered before adding the yoke. This creates subtle gathers at the neckline in the front and back of the dress. Very now!


This dress boasts all of the sophisticated swank but none of the suffocating seams.
This pattern makes nice use of those big print fabrics, which we all love but can be challenging to make into a garment! 

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This big print fabric by Tina Givens is full of summer fun!
It even has seahorses! Here are a few others from Dena Designs of the Kumari garden and Taza collections.
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Welcome to Summer Fun in the Sun!

We have so many patterns for sale here at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics which are hard to find!  Check them out on our website - we will ship all over the United States!

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