Summer Jazz Dress

Summer Jazz Dress

I made a dress!

It’s been forever since I’ve sewn myself something and long overdue. The kids tend to get more sewing done for them as it seems faster because the sizes are smaller. In reality it really doesn’t take that much longer to make an adult sized dress and well worth the time investment. I’ve missed that fantastic feeling when someone remarks on your clothes and you get to say “I made it”.  I was lucky enough to have someone comment on my lovely dress when I wore it to the parent teacher meetings at school last week.

Summer dress sewing pattern

The fabric was from Spotlight and it’s by Lisette and called Jersey Circle which comes in this beautiful aqua colour. The fabric is 112cms wide and usually $16.99 per metre however I was lucky enough to purchase some on sale for $11.89 a metre. I managed to fit all the pattern pieces on to 3 metres of fabric so the cost was only $35 for this pretty summer dress.

womans home sewn dress pattern

I’m calling it a summer dress as the pattern I used is actually called “Summer Jazz Dress” from Snapdragon Studios. I love a nice empire waist dress and really like the under the bust elastic gathering however my favourite part of the pattern has to be the flutter sleeves. Love a pretty flutter sleeve!

spotlight stores fabric dress

There is the option to add pockets which I did so that I can carry a tissue or something small with me if needed. The pattern included instructions to turn it into either a top or a maxi dress.

After cutting out all the pattern pieces I overlocked all the edges of each piece with my overlocker. Then I ended up using a zig zag stitch for the seams but changed the settings so it was only a slight zig zag and very narrow eg. I used my Pfaff sewing machine on stitch number 5 with a 1.5 width and a 2.5 length. This gave a nice stretchy seam that still sits perfectly flat without any puckering or stretching until you need it.

It’s a great pattern and easy to follow and finish with no buttons or zips needed just a small piece of elastic for the front gathering under the bust. I made a large size however if I make it again I might actually cut it out as a medium as there is perhaps a bit too much room on the sides. Of course I could always take it in slightly although I probably won’t!

Do you sew your own clothes? Do you have some other great dress pattern recommendations? I’d love you to share them with me in the comments section below if you do as I hope to do more sewing for myself.

  • kim ventura

    hi Lorelei!! it’s kim, from snapdragon studios. I happened upon your dress and wanted to say thanks for sharing! it’s beautiful and that color is perfect on you!! I called it the summer jazz because I was at a summer jazz concert series when I sketched it up, but with the new free sleeve pattern i’m wearing one version or another of this dress all year long. again, beautiful dress!!!

  • http://www.stitch56.com/ Helene Goldberg

    I adore that colour on you! Wonderful fabric!

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