Last month, Allie and I put the Colorado winter in a timeout when we flew to sunny Palm Springs to get our craft on. While we were there making pretty things (like this and this), Allie shot the Indiesew Spring Collection and I got to tag along and strike my 3 blogger poses in a couple of the outfits. After shooting the collection, Allie snapped a couple shots of my Lou Box Top for me at the wildly hipster Ace Hotel. Seriously though, the pool was chalk full of man buns that gave me serious hair envy.

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I sewed the size xs/s scoop neck version and I hacked it into a dress. My super informal hack (documented here) involved me adding about 14 inches of length and grading out 5 inches total in the hips. Sewing after taking NyQuil to fight off a cold always makes for informal sewing practices and poor note taking (i.e. one lone Instagram picture), but I do remember that I used the stripes on the fabric to eyeball adding 14 inches of length to make sure the front pattern piece and back pattern piece would be the same length. A better sewist would probably modify the pattern piece with extra paper and check everything lined up before cutting. So I recommend to do as I say, not as I do.

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I purchased this cabana striped fabric a couple years ago from Girl Charlee on a whim. When it comes to fabric, my motto is “See it. Like it. Buy 3 yards of it.” I’d been considering using it for some sort of summery kaftan or muumuu, but I hadn’t found a pattern yet. But, after looking at the Lou Box Top, I figured I could easily turn it into a dress and achieve my flowy dress dreams.

Overall this dress came together super quick. I cut and sewed it in a night and then I let it hang on my dress form for a day or so while I slept off my cold and also to let the fabric stretch before hemming. Curved hems are not my strong suit, but I wrestled it into submission with lots of steam, my seam ripper, and some choice words.

If you’d like to get your hands on this pattern and the rest of the 70’s inspired Indiesew Spring Collection, pop on over to Indiesew to check it out!

2016 Indiesew Spring Collection

Indiesew Spring Collection 2016 Tour Schedule

Make sure to check out the Indiesew Spring Collection and follow along on the blog tour to see what everyone else is making!

February 24: Fleurine | Sew Marie
February 25: Teresa | Dandelion Drift
February 26: Lauren | Right Sides Together
February 29: Erin | Sewbon (that’s me!)
March 1: Beth | Sew DIY
March 2: Emily | In the Folds
March 3: Caroline | Sew Caroline
March 4: Lauren | Baste + Gather
March 5: Sophie | Ada Spragg

Disclaimer: The patterns in this post were provided to me free of charge for participating in the Indiesew Spring Collection Blog Tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.