Friday, July 16, 2010

Summertime Mendocino Madness

With the heat of summer upon us Jaime and I each decided to make ourselves a Mendocino dress. This free pattern by Heather Ross is such a perfectly cool garment for these blistering mid-summer days. The shirring used on the bodice is a sewing technique that's new to me. It is really easy and it's fun to see the elastic thread do it's magic!

We are offering this sweet dress as a class on our current schedule if you want to make one for yourself! It can be made any length--check out the picture on the class page to see a longer version of the Mendocino.

Jaime and I both used Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks cotton voile fabrics to make our dresses. I love how feathery light and soft the fabric is. Jaime chose a vibrant fuchsia stripe for hers.

I used Coloring Garden voile in Dusk. Walking in the park a gentleman squirrel couldn't resist befriending me. Perhaps he was enchanted by my pretty dress?


Anonymous said...

It's so freakin hot I'm tempted to make one for myself... however it would be socially unacceptable. Great job ladies!


Anonymous said...

Very cute! Alas, my machine can't handle shirring with elastic thread.

Fancy Tiger Crafts said...

You could always sign up for a Sewing Help Night at Fancy Tiger and use our machines!