Cowboy Take Me Away (1997 Simplicity 7577)

A 90s song for a 90s dress. Hi and welcome to my blog! My name is Addy Bryce, I’ve been sewing for about three years and decided it was finally time to have a space to share my creations. I’m very excited to start this endeavor and it’s been a long time in the making; so thank you for visiting and let’s get to the sewing talk.

I found this vintage pattern while looking for this one that Katie Makes a Dress used and fell in love with the midi version. It felt like I hadn’t completed anything in a long time and I am pretty pleased with the results of this fabric/pattern combo. My fabric is a Moda cotton I got for $3.99 a yard at a Marden’s a few years back and I am so happy I finally used it. Fall colors are my favorite and this dress has them all.

Usually I have to take in big 4 patterns even if I cut out the size according to my measurements so I sized down on this one and it fits perfectly. It was pretty easy to put together and I am really proud of the inside as well as the outside. I am also enamored with the coconut shell buttons I bought from etsy to go with it. They give the dress more of an earthy vibe which is what I often go for.

I only made two adjustments which was to lengthen the ties and move them closer to the side seams so I could nip in the waist more. Things I love about this pattern and why I would make it again: The length of the sleeves is perfect (something I could alter on other patterns but it’s nice when you don’t have to), the waistline sits at my natural waist (90s patterns tend to have a dropped waist), and the bodice fits me better than my beloved Fen dress pattern. The only thing I would add is pockets. I struggled to get the right shape on my patch pockets so I left them off. Inseam pockets could be drafted easily and I think I’ll do that on my next version.

Midi length dresses with tall boots have become a staple part of my wardrobe ever since I first lengthened the Fen and I can see myself making many more dresses this style. I would love to trace this pattern so I can use it multiple times and not destroy the tissue paper so if anyone has any painless ways of doing that please tell me.

For those of you wondering; my lipstick is Maybelline Super Stay Matte liquid lipstick in Globetrotter, my bronzer is Angel Dust by The All Natural Face, and my cuff is by Larissa Loden. Her jewelry is high quality for reasonable prices; edgy but bohemian, and is 100% my style.

Thanks for reading

-Addy Bryce

 

 

My Southwestern Maxi Fen Dress

Hey there! Thanks for checking out my first post. Today I’m sharing my Michael Miller maxi Fen Dress. The pattern is by Fancy Tiger crafts and is one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend it as a beginner pattern as well as one that is very adaptable. I’ve made five versions of this and they all look so different. With kimono sleeves and no closures it is super quick and satisfying to make.

The inspiration for this dress came from a few different places. First, I have always loved western things, but since watching (and becoming obsessed) with Longmire my discovery and use of Southwestern prints has increased drastically and made me want to incorporate them into my wardrobe even more.

The second inspiration was the Charlie Caftan from Closet Case Patterns. I adore Closet Case Patterns as the size 6 fits me perfectly with no alterations and Heather’s style has a lot of similar elements to mine. I purchased this pattern as soon as it was released and was so excited to try it. Yet after practicing the center panel a few times and not mastering it I decided to use a pattern I was more familiar with for my precious Michael Miller fabric (which I purchased from Marshall Dry Goods.)

I realized by using the V neckline option, lengthening and adding side slits to the skirt, and adding waist ties I had a very similar dress to the Charlie Caftan. For reference, I am 5’2″ and lengthened my skirt to 32″ when cutting it out. I didn’t add to the physical pattern but instead folded it at the lengthen and shorten line to straighten the hem and then measured and traced using my chalk pen. I used the neck band piece to cut out two rectangles of fabric and then made the ties from those pieces, pinning them into the side seams where the bodice and skirt meet before sewing up the side seams. I just tied the ends off in a knot but you can tuck the edges in and make a small hem if you desire, but I’ve washed this a few times since making it and have had no issues with fraying even though my fabric is just cotton.

I absolutely am in love with how this dress turned out and already have plans for two more like it. Never be afraid to find inspiration from seemingly strange places! I am actually inspired by TV shows and music videos all the time. If you have any patterns similar to this one or advice on the Charlie Caftan, please share!

-Addy B

 

Hat: Forever 21

Booties: Teva