Hello everyone! Spring is in the air here in Southern California. Daylight Saving time is in full effect, as we have sprung forward by 1-hour across the country. I’ve started sewing for spring, and my favorite garment to wear this time of year is the maxi dress, like this McCall’s 7566 – Cape-Style Maxi Dress. Whether, long sleeve, short sleeve, or sleeveless–I love them all. They’re very comfortable to wear and appropriate for almost any occasion.
Before sharing about the dress, I have a question for you. There’s a lot of talk about style when it comes to wardrobe. What is your style? If you read my 1-Year Blog Anniversary post, you may remember me saying that my style is “LADYLIKE,” and that “I must KNOW my style, EMBRACE my style, and REPRESENT my style.” You see, my STYLE is who I am, not solely what I wear. While it’s an important aspect of my style, the wardrobe alone doesn’t tell the full story. Every part of me–wardrobe, speech, behavior, beliefs, etc.–communicate my style. What is “Ladylike?” A lady conducts herself in a manner that signifies respect for oneself and others. I strive to live every area of my life with grace, class and elegance. May it be so!
I want to introduce you to a beautiful lady who I met through the Fierce 50 Campaign. Meet Glenda K. Harrison, creator of “So What to Twenty,” a fashion and lifestyle blog where her readers are inspired to “view fashion as an all-encompassing vehicle, and for women to explore their personal gifts, style, femininity, and, most importantly, inner beauty.” Glenda has just launched a new book called, “TRUE STYLE, A Look Beyond the Surface.” I’ve read a few excerpts from Glenda’s book and am anxiously awaiting my copy. If you’d like to order a copy of your own, you may click on the book cover below. You may also join her private Facebook Page, where she shares lots of inspirational content.
McCall’s 7566 – Cape-Style Maxi Dress
Today’s DIY is a maxi dress that I made using an ITY Knit. The pattern is rated as “EASY,” and uses 5 – 6 pieces, depending on the view you are making. The dress is fully lined and the zipper insertion on Views C & D are sewn into a long keyhole opening. As an intermediate seamstress, this was an easy sew for me, but I’m not sure it would be the same for a new beginner. An advanced beginner might be able to tackle this one. Just take your time with it. I wrote a pattern review on this pattern and you may see it at PatternReview.com.
I love the flounce (cape) on this dress and that’s what drew my attention to the pattern. I may not be sewing this one again because I have too many other patterns to try, but I think it will be so beautiful in a challis or crepe, which are two of the suggested fabrics on the pattern envelope.
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I plan to wear this on a lunch date with my husband. It’s very comfortable and he likes it.
Create the Look!
(All Photos of Anita, Courtesy of CEMO!)
News Alert #1
If you haven’t already heard, I was chosen to be a contributor to Sew Sew DEF, a multicultural sewing magazine created by Mimi G. Style and Norris Dantaford. (Insert Scream) I’m so excited, honored, and grateful for this opportunity to share my passion along with other talented seamstresses who are as passionate about sewing as I am. You may go to the Sew Sew Def website to meet the team of contributors and sign up to be notified of the launch date. It’s going to be great! Congratulations to Mimi and Norris!
News Alert #2
I’m so honored to be joining Shundra of ShunDavis.com for Round 2 of the Sewing 4 Haiti Initiative. This time we’re sewing for the boys. If you’d like to join us, check out the details on her blog and join the Sewing 4 Haiti Facebook Group. Our goal for this round is to sew 200 pieces, so we’re gonna need lots of help. I must say that participating in Round 1 last year was the most satisfying project that I completed in 2016. If you’d like to see the dresses I made last year, you may see that post HERE. I’m so excited to start sewing for the boys.
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!