Month: November 2018

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