DIY Swing Dress

I have been wanting to sew a swing dress/shirt for a long time, and since I've been feeling good, I jumped on the opportunity to use the McCall's pattern M6886. If you follow Riva La Diva, she always uses it, so I knew it had to be a great basic dress pattern.

The pattern is very basic and doesn't have darts, so it's best for knit fabrics. The fabric I used is from The Loft (Michael Lavine's Upstairs), and I was a little bit unsure of it when I was buying it, but I basically love it. The pattern is unique (kind of reminds me of a stone wall), and the fabric didn't roll at all, so it was really easy to work with.

Swing dresses are super easy to draft yourself with any t-shirt or dress pattern you have. All you have to do is:

  1. Cut out the main bodice from the top (where the neckline is) until the bottom of the arm hole, like normal.
  2. Then, put your finger on the bottom of the arm hole and pivot the bottom of your pattern to the angle you desire (making the bottom wider).
  3. Cut a straight line from the bottom of the arm hole all the way to the bottom of your dress.
  4. Once you've done that, you can just cut the bottom like normal, matching up with the original bottom. (Here is a great graphic of how it should look about halfway down the page.)

Swing dresses are great for maternity and non-maternity, and I was so glad to sew one up that I can wear even after pregnancy!

I love this pattern. It's so basic and versatile that I'm excited to be able to use it for future dress creations.

And in case you were wondering, here is the GIANT mural I was standing in front of. :)



Today's Grati-Tuesday question is a weird one, but we're just gonna go for it!

What texture are you grateful for today?

I love soft knit fabrics. They are my weakness. I just finished sewing a dress for my sister and the fabric was sort of a pain to sew with, but it was so soft that I was partially ok with it.

I also designed some really cool t-shirts for my husbands crew, and when I got them, they had been printed on a not so soft cotton (when I had been very adamant about wanting the soft ring spun fabric), so this pregnant lady got them reprinted... They are perfect now!

So maybe I'm a little too grateful for soft fabrics? Oh well.

I'm also a huge fan of the texture of ice cream. I may like it so much that I ate it twice today. That's fine, right?

So what texture are you grateful for today? Let me know in the comments! :)



Today's Grati-Tuesday question is: What moment this week are you most grateful for?

I really like questions like this because it makes me reflect on the whole week, and all of the moments that have been really good, and then pick one that I am most grateful for.

Two moments that stick out to me the most are: the moment I got the closet mostly organized enough that I could go to bed (since we just moved, and the disorganization sort of makes me crazy...), and yesterday when baby B was kicking, my mom got to feel him kick! (Since we're currently in SLC for a quick trip)

Moving can be so stressful, but we had SO much help in Cedar and St. George that made it much easier. I'm so grateful for that.

We have a lot of things that are unknown right now, but I am grateful to know we have so many people who will love and support us in whatever we choose to do in the future. It's important to believe in yourself, but it's always a lot better when you know so many people around you believe in you too.

So what moment this week are you most grateful? Let me know in the comments! :)


Fall Maternity Sewing Inspiration

Having all of my fabric and sewing supplies in boxes really makes me go through withdraws. I haven't made something in so long. I cannot wait until Saturday when we move and I can finally unpack it all!

I'm finishing up some graphic design projects, and then I am 100% sewing all the things. I went a little crazy last night and pinned a bunch of outfits to a secret pinboard (because I knew everyone would unfollow me if I blew up their Pinterest with maternity pins...). It just made me so excited to start sewing again, and I wanted to share to see what you think!

The best part about most of these outfits is that you can totally make any of them non-maternity and they would be so cute! This pregnant lady was just panicking on what she should wear when it starts to get cold and was so happy to find so much good inspiration!

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Long cardigans just make me want to curl up and take a nap...but I think pregnancy might just do that to you. I think I could make these with the Driftless Cartigan or the Eleanor pattern which I already own (score!). And I'm dying make a cardigan with some amazing sweater fabric I got in LA. The last one you could easily make with the Wrapped Cardigan pattern.

The binding on the 1st and 4th one are so pretty. I love the contrasting pocket on the 2nd one!
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These kimonos are so pretty and flowy. I have a pattern the Simplicity 1108 pattern that has a bunch of different kimonos. The patterns are gigantic so they're a bit hard to cut out, but once you get past that I'm sure it's much better (since I'm still in the cutting stage...).

The one in the middle reminds me of the cape/poncho (whatever they are called) that I made last year. I love the separate hem around the neck. I'm tempted to get it out and sew  up the sides so that it's more like a kimono. Thoughts?

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These dresses just look too comfortable not to make. I want to make a couple ruched dresses because my ruched Motherhood shirts are the best, and they fit so well. For these dresses you could use the Union St., the Lark Tee, or the McCall's M6886 pattern. So many options, and all of the patterns have different necklines and sleeve lengths to choose from!

Time to learn how to ruche things! I really want to make a dress with contrasting hems on the sleeves and neckline too (if that makes sense). I think that would be fun. :)

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These would be the best for fall/winter when it starts getting cold. I would use the same patterns that I mentioned for the short sleeve dresses above. I love them knee length or mid-calf versions. It would even be cool to do one that's a little more loose fitting and side slits like the Inari Tee pattern!

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After looking at these shirts, the Lane Raglan pattern is calling my name! Apparently I'm really into the gray and black, but other colors would be so cute too.

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I don't know how I would make these, but I love the 3rd one and how it's loose on top (maybe just make a regular dress and attach elastic or sew piping to pull a string through?). The 2nd one would be a good nursing friendly top since it's a button up.

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Swing dresses and tunics are the prettiest and I have wanted to make one for so long. You can even wear them post pregnancy! I think the only way to do these is by hacking a pattern to angle out at the sides and you could do that with any of the basic dress or t-shirt patterns I've mentioned.

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These dresses/skirts would be so pretty for a maternity shoot. I love that the 2nd one has pockets! The Brumby pattern would work perfect for this (plus -- pockets!). I might have to get me that pattern...

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I have no idea where to start with these. The Mock Wrap Dress or might work for the dresses. The tulip skirt (2nd) seems like it would be simple enough to make without a pattern if you couldn't find one.

So what do you guys think? What have you been dying to sew up lately? Do you have any patterns you love that I should try?

(All photos are from Pinterest and have links to their original URLs)