A tale of two dresses and one fabric pre-cut:
My daughter asked if I would sew up a dress for her, using ITY ("so comfy - like wearing pajamas")
that would be work appropriate after she saw the one I made for myself for in March for Easter.
After looking at the fabulous pre-cut sale at FabricMart Fabrics, she chose this print, a 4 yard pre-cut:
Butterick 5246 , though now out of print, is a very comfortable dress to wear, and indeed "fast & easy" as the pattern states. I had made View B for myself with the cowl neckline, but I'm not a fan of that style and I
find that I'm always fussing with it when I wear it. My daughter wanted the scoop neck version.
And even though this is NOT a maternity pattern, it works great for those early months of pregnancy!
(Woo-hoo, I get to be a Grandma again!!!!)
I'm so pleased that she has worn it several times now, and that it is work appropriate.
Having about a 1 1/2 yards left, I decided to sew up one of my TNT patterns,
Vogue 8731, also out of print. I've sewn this one twice before, both as tops. This time, I decided I wanted one of those summer staples: the knit tank dress...and had JUST enough fabric left to do just that. (I am trying to avoid putting project remnants back into my stash!)
This was the first time I used fold over elastic for binding both the neckline and the armholes.....WHY did I wait so long? Quick, easy, and comfortable to wear.
I have to admit that it took a couple of attempts: note to self to reduce the seam allowance first. :-)
And in this family photo from Easter Sunday (one of my favorites: so much love and happiness!)
you can get a glimpse of my dress using Butterick 5246