Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha!

This week, I have a post from Natasha of The Telltale Tasha.  You might remember the sewing challenge that we had for a Simple Dress.  Well, I can tell you now that the members of Stitch Once, Rip Twice have totally outdone themselves!  I cannot wait to post the round-up for the challenge in a couple of weeks.  You will be floored.

But lucky you, here's a sneak peek from one of the members!  When I saw the dress from Natasha below, I thought she looked just like a movie star.  No joke.  So, I'm just going to keep my mouth shut now and let the pictures and Natasha herself do the talking.  :)  Enjoy!


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"All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul..." - Uniek Swain


Hey Vintage Zest readers!!  Natasha here from Diane's sewing group "Stitch Once, Rip Twice" :-D  I'm representing The Telltale Tasha.

Summer style has the ability to be so versatile. Maxi skirts, mini skirts, tank tops, and crop tops, maxi dress and so much more!   I prefer, though, to live in dresses. They're so comfortable and cute!  And super easy because you don't have to coordinate separate pieces!  #win


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


This dress is McCall's 6752 View B.


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I figured I've enough wrap bodices for the time being so I opted for the droop neck lol I got this fabric from Fashion Fabric Club.  It is described as Violet Blue Stripe Activewear ... I just call it purple.  Lol!


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


The fabric feels soo light against the skin.  And it's super forgiving :-)  I definitely recommend it.

I cut a 10 in the bodice and a 12 in the skirt, which was kind of refreshing because I usually have to cut the other way around.  Makes me feel like I actually have hips.  Lol!


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Now that I feel like I've gotten into the swing of this sewing thing, I am starting to think about how to make each garment I sew my own so I decided to add zippers in the shoulder seams!


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


The zippers were only 8 inches long so I used a regular stitch length from the neck to where the zipper would start, backstitched and they used a basting stitch the rest of the way to the armhole.  I basted the zipper in place then took out the basting stitches from the shoulder seam.  Then I stitched again close to the zipper tape using my adjustable zipper & piping foot.  You may know from my last post, I am at no shortage of zippers of lol.  They're such a quick and easy pop of uniqueness.


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I chose not to hem the armholes or the skirt because the ribbing on the dress is already such a nice finish.


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!
overexposed for no reason at all lol


I almost didn't add elastic in the waist because I thought it sat exactly where I like it but then I thought that it might start to fall over time so I did end up adding in the elastic. I made no other changes to the dress. It sewed up perfect out of the envelope.


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I definitely like the dress with the zips OPEN better than closed!


Perfectly Purple Summer Dress from Natasha! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


What do you think?!  If you like this dress, check out some of my other summer makes here, here, and here!


Thanks, Diane!


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What do I think?  I think that I want one of those dresses in every color for the summer!  If you are as impressed as I am, head over to The Telltale Tasha and tell her how awesome this dress is!  Also, you can connect with her on Instagram, Google+, and Bloglovin'.


Are you planning on any summer sewing?




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