I’m a dress girl. I find that dresses are just so easy to throw on and look instantly pulled together. Plus loose, cotton ones (my favorite) feel like I’m wearing PJs. PJs that are socially acceptable to wear out in public. So, when I saw the adorable Marianne Dress in the Indiesew Spring Collection, I decided it would be the perfect addition to my spring wardrobe and I whipped it right up.
The Marianne Dress was a pretty quick sew. I think it took me longer to assemble the PDF pattern than it did to sew the dress. But, that also could have been because I was distracted by terrible reality TV (Dance Moms this time) on the iPad and assembled the pattern for the view I was not making. Whoops! But maybe that’s a sign I need to make View A too…?!
I cut View B and pretty much made the exact same dress as on the package – those stripes are so amazing and nothing says spring quite like a nautical dress! I picked up my black and white Saint-James Stripe fabric from Michael Levine and it’s fantastic. I’m really impressed with the weight and quality and I’m contemplating buying more of it in all the colorways. But in the meantime, I have a bit more of my black and white stripe left, so I’m hoping to squeak out another top from it soon.
I didn’t make a muslin (no surprise there) since knit fabrics are so forgiving and I’m a lazy sewist (sewer?). My bust measurement puts me in the size 6 but I wanted my Marianne to be fitted throughout the chest, so I cut the size 4 in the bust and graded out to the size 8 in the hips. I think this fit is pretty spot on for me, although, I probably could have sized down in the hips a smidge and graded to the size 6 instead. I feel like there’s a bit of excess fabric in the low back area that I could do without.
I typically avoid hand sewing like the plague (my motto is ‘just shove it under the presser foot’) but I actually did some hand sewing on this project! These cute little gold buttons from my stash seemed perfect for this dress and I decided that they and their shank backs warranted the ‘extra work’.
I definitely want to make this dress again! I’m thinking my next version is going to be a tunic like this gorgeous one Melissa made. I mean, just look at those side slits!
Dress: Handmade (Marianne Dress Pattern) // Boots: Steve Madden (similar, similar, similar) // Necklace: Thrifted (similar, similar, similar)
Make sure to check out all patterns included in the Indiesew Spring Collection and follow along on the blog tour for some handmade inspiration!
Monday, February 16th: Melissa | I Still Love You
Tuesday, February 17th: Abby | Sew Much Ado
Thursday, February 19th: Erin | Sewbon
Monday, February 23rd: Jaime | Fancy Tiger
Tuesday, February 24th: Erin | Sewbon
Friday, February 27th: Beth | Sew DIY
Disclaimer: The pattern in this post was provided to me free of charge for participating in the Indiesew Spring Collection Blog Tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.