Every once in a while I come to the surface after being inundated by quilts, scraps, binding, etc. Most recently I took a class at Studio Stitch to make this little clutch.
Of course I’ve made lots of bags, pouches, etc, etc, but I’d never used a frame closure, so I wanted somebody to show me how it’s done. Hint: It was a lot easier than it looks!
Also recently I dug up the pattern for the Celeste Dress, bought close to a year ago.
I figured the pattern had waited long enough so I made the dress. I studied the size charts carefully, and the fit is perfect (well on me, maybe not on the hanger)!
I recommend the pattern for those who have some garment construction experience. It’s a nice pattern and turned out well. I bought the pattern through PatternReview.com for two reasons: first, I could read about how it worked for other people before deciding, and second, I was able to order it already printed on full-size paper so I didn’t have to print at home and the tape the pattern together! (Been there, done that.)
Caveat: rayon probably wasn’t the easiest fabric to make it from.
Now back to the quilting…
You creative sidetrack resulted in two perfect projects! Love that clutch. It has a nostalgic retro style. The pocket dress is perfect. Years ago, I made my own dresses, with the assistance of my aunt. She would help me with getting the perfect fit. Apparently, I cannot do this without her, since my latest attempts at making a tunic top were a disaster. I think I need to take a course on fitting a pattern.
If you don’t know the Pattern Review website, check them out. They have all kinds of classes. Thanks for liking my projects 😀
Having met you in person, I can tell that dress fits you perfectly personality-wise, too!
Yep, gotta love the purple and the pockets 😉
Oooo. Ooo. Ooo! I’ve been looking for a casual dress pattern. How did you know?! This one looks really good to me as I’ve been searching for something comfortable, that hides my bulging tummy, and has pockets. The ONLY thing unappealing to me is the V-neck, which isn’t flattering on me. Wonder if I could change it to a curve? Anyway, thanks for sharing this! I’m definitely looking into it. Oh! And I love the clutch. I made one many years ago, for our daughter to carry to prom. Agree that it’s surprisingly easy to sew. Good work, you!
If I didn’t say it in the text above, the pattern came from PatternReview.com
I like the site because I can read other people’s comments on the pattern before I buy it. Also, I got them to print it for me and mail it in my size so I didn’t have to fool with taping so many pieces of paper together.
Pretty awesome sidetracking. The purse looks awesome – I have always been curious about those kind of closures – adorable lining. When I saw the dress pattern at first I thought you made it in red to coordinate with your new purse 🙂
Enjoy wearing something you made! Nice!
Thank you! Really, I made that purse to learn about that type closure and it was easy. Gotta love cute AND easy 🙂
Just to mention: I see Itch to Stitch Patterns via Oliver + S: https://oliverands.com/shop/itch-to-stitch-patterns.html
She has another cute dress up in the newsletter this week, too.
Love the dress–the pockets!–and the shape. I tried the Eva dress, but while it is comfortable to wear, it’s a bit baggy. I may give this brand a try. I’m also subscribed to In the Folds. Funny how much I used to sew garments and now I hardly ever do.
I have several hand-made clutch purses and love them all. Yours is beautiful and I like the style of hinge frame they had you use. I use them more when I travel, but they are fun to make!
Thanks for the suggestions for other websites. Most of us used to sew more clothes than we do now, for many reasons.