Friday, February 01, 2013

Caitlin's Socialite-a-rama

Hello!  Caitlin some of you may know, my specialty is garment sewing!  I love creating versatile clothing that can dressed up or down.  As we saw with Miranda's dress project, it's nice to find a go-to pattern that you know fits and can be a staple in your wardrobe.  For Miranda, it's Built By Wendy's dirndl dress; for me, it's Anna Maria Horner's Socialite dress! 

The first Socialite I stitched up was made with this sweet rose print by Heather Ross.  Turns out, Jaime and I think alike!

Then I realized it would be perfect as a top!  I chopped off the pattern at the pockets and made a cute top with this Anna Maria Horner voile. 

This top has been well loved, so when I spotted this beautiful Liberty print, I knew I needed to make another!  It's perfect dressed down with jeans and a cardigan, dressed up with a nice pencil skirt, and even with shorts in the summer!  I absolutely love the Socialite Dress pattern! 

My advice to you:  don't be restricted by the pattern in the envelope.  Maybe a dress can become a top, or vice versa.  A shirt can easily become sleeveless, and sleeves can be added to a tank.  Find your go-to pattern, make it your own, and your handmade wardrobe will grow faster than you ever expected!

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