I can't believe it's halfway through August already. Where is the summer going?
Lately my weekends have been filled with beach days and outdoor adventures. It hasn't left me a whole lot of time to sew or blog, but I know once winter comes I'll have plenty of time inside to catch up!
One thing I managed to sew up a few weekends ago but hasn't made it to the blog yet is the FANTASTIC Noelle Bra dress. It combines the sweet halter of the Noelle bra with a comfy a-line skirt for an outfit that can be thrown on without a second thought.
I sewed this dress up in a stretchy Barcelona poly-spandex knit from fabricland. Wyatt says it feels like swimsuit material, and he's not wrong.
It's a little weird. Truthfully.
It's not a fabric I'm super fond of, and I probably won't try anymore Barcelona Knits in the future. Too swimsuit-y for my tastes.
But in pictures comes off fabulously and drape-y! So maybe I'm being more dramatic about this than I should be.
It definitely wouldn't be the first time that happened!
Like last time, I sewed up an XS in the bra, which is a size smaller than I should be sewing. I really can't recommend sizing down in this pattern enough - I read on a bra making forum on Facebook that the measurements included are the finished measurements, so you'll need to size down to get a better fit.
It's worked like a charm for me so far!
I also used F.O.E to finish the top, not picot as recommended, but that's an incredibly easy substitution to make - just remove 1/4" from the seam allowance.
In the pictures there is no elastic on the waist, but that's changing soon. I was all out of clear elastic when I made this dress but I just recently picked some up, so I'll fix that soon. That seam is a little wavy, and I think the clear elastic will help it cling to my frame a little better. I'll keep you posted.
Surprisingly enough, the skirt was super easy to add onto this pattern! I just fiddled around with my waist and hip measurements to draft an easy a-line skirt and hemmed it with a zig-zig stitch.
Simple and uncomplicated, the two things I ask for when sewing in the summer heart.
(But bonus points if it's something that can be made without ironing. WHO EVEN IRONS WHEN IT'S THIS HOT OUT?)
I would also like to draw attention to how much better the back of this Noelle bra looks than my first. I really nailed sewing the elastic!
I would also like to draw less attention to the fact that the straps are connected with a slider... I ran out of rings and was NOT waiting! :)
That's all I have to share about this week's make - I hope you enjoyed checking it out!
Lately all I want to make is more Noelle crop tops, but I feel like that's a little overkill.
Like, how many crop tops does a girl really need?
Do you ever catch a pattern bug like this and want to make something over and over? This happened to me with the Catarina dress, and I still want to make more. They're all I seem to be dreaming up.
How do I get out of this rut!?
Please send helpful suggestions in the comment's below, or there might be 9374 more Noelle's and Catarina's coming your way.
Until next time,
Creative lifestyle blogger, dedicated to the process of making new things and worrying about being perfect LATER. Lover of Instagram, making things, and wearing dresses instead of pants.
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