We are only 2 weeks into the new year and I feel like I have already accomplished a whole years worth of sewing and sewing related activities. It’s off to a great, but very busy year of sewing fun! I kicked off the new year with April Rhodes’ awesome new Party Dress Pattern/Riding Peplum Top. I was fortunate enough to win this pattern in a little giveaway April held on Instagram called #howdoyoustyleyourstaple. Since I’ve made the stapledress at least 7 times, I tagged a few of my makes and was one of the lucky winners! Woohoo! Thanks so much April!
This dress was such a quick, easy, and satisfying sew. April Rhodes’ is the queen of designing easy to sew and easy to wear dresses! The Party Dress and Riding Peplum have a slightly loose-fitting waist, so now zipper is required. I made the XS and graded out to the S at the waist and hips. Next time I will make a straight XS. I knew I would be wearing a belt with this dress since I had a perfect match, so I didn’t feel a need to take it in at the waist. I really love how I can wear this dress in summer or throw a cardigan and boots on with it in the winter. I’ll definitely be wearing this one year round! Can’t wait to make the Riding Peplum version!
I have lots more exciting things to share with you for the rest of this month. Next Monday I will be hosting a giveaway as part of the Imagine Gnats January pattern tour. I will be sharing my test version of Debbie Brooke Patterns new “My Dress”. I have also finished my Colette Zinnia and need to share that with you as well! So much to do! On top of all that, I am now teaching sewing classes at Five Eighth Seams two nights a week and sewing 25 adorable little girl dresses for my favorite hometown boutique. Oh….and there is also that other commitment….yeah…my real 40 hour a week job as a speech language pathologist. Wow! When will I sleep? Who cares…I’m having a blast!