It’s crazy how much things have changed for everyone over the past few weeks with COVID-19. I’m lucky enough to still be working from home and found myself with a lot more spare time, not having to travel into the city each day. So instead of letting all of the stress and worry about what’s going on in the world get to me, I decided to come up with an assortment of sewing projects to keep me busy.
Description: Summer strapless slim-fitted dress with ruffled top.
Pattern: Top from Lekala Dress with straps and the skirt is Butterick 5949
Fabric: Lightweight Blue Linen with a lined skirt (stolen from my mum’s stash)
I have been following Stephanie, a seamstress on Instagram – @the.petite.dressmaker and love the way she incorporates ruffles into her dresses. I’ve wanted to make one of my very own!
I was devastated when Burdastyle changed websites last year because I lost a lot of my pattern purchases. I would have used the pattern I have done previously for my Dress without straps design, but looked over the internet and found a few similar patterns. An alternative version, if you don’t like hacking bits together is Mimi G’s Jessica Dress or Closet Case – The Fiona Sundress. If you do end up trying either of those two I’d love to check them out!
I like Lekala patterns because they fit me really well and are quite affordable. I downloaded 3 patterns for $16 (AUD). However, you do have to add the seam allowance and know a little bit about pattern construction to add your lining or adjust your fit.
There wasn’t much changed to the top part of this dress, apart from adding the ruffles. I have a huge clip box of buttons that I purchased in bulk off eBay. That always saves me money when adding numerous buttons to a garment. This dress is quite slim fit but I really love the way it turned out. It’s a perfect dress to wear out for summer/spring!
But since we are trying to be good and stay home, stay healthy and save lives, it might be a while until I get to wear this little number out.
On another note, I really hope everyone is staying healthy and coping okay through this insane 2020 start. First the fires in Australia and now Coronageddon worldwide. I’m just so happy to have an indoor hobby that keeps me entertained for hours. Probably a good thing because I’m forgetting what day we are up to working from home every day!
xx Happy sewing!! Erin xx