Wardrobe Essentials: Summer Maxi and The Little Black Dress

Sewing clothing has got me rethinking my wardrobe lately. I am one of those rare creatures that hates to shop for clothes. I mean seriously I would rather buy plants and craft supplies. There must be some kind of treatment for this condition, right?

After looking through my closet I realized a few things.

1. Dang I have a lot of polyester stuff. Like most of it.

2. I hate how all 3 pairs of my jeans fit.

3. I only wear about 1/3 of this stuff. The rest is either uncomfortable, too small, or ready for Goodwill or trash.

4. I need more separates, everyday dresses and jackets, natural fibers, a maxi dress, and a little black dress.

5. I want more Handmade and less cheap mass produced.

So I have decided to be a little more strategic about what I sew for myself this summer. I started with the summer maxi dress.

Last month I found this cool rainbow, painterly looking fabric. It’s polyester but I I like the shimmery look of it. The pattern I chose is really simple, Simplicity 1355 which has jumpsuits and maxi dresses.

Simplicity 1355 has easy to sew jumpsuits and maxi dresses

Simplicity 1355 has easy to sew jumpsuits and maxi dresses

The dress went together fast. I probably should do another in a different color for variety sake or maybe the jumpsuit.

Simplicity 1355 View c

Simplicity 1355 View c

Simplicty 6184 (1)

Simplicity 1355 with rainbow fabric

Simplicity 1355 with rainbow fabric

My sister decided to try it on too. She is about 5 inches shorter than me so she had to blouse it up more at the waist.

My sister decided to try it on too. She is about 5 inches shorter than me so she had to blouse it up more at the waist.

For the little black dress I chose a basic sheath from Simplicity 2455. This is a really nice discontinued pattern for sportswear separates. I like the little collar pleat detail. The dress is very wearer friendly with a side zip and soft A-Line silhouette.

Simplicity 2455

Simplicity 2455

My new Little Black dress Simplicity 2455 with neckline pleats.

My new Little Black dress Simplicity 2455 with neckline pleats.

Simplicity 2455. I can wear it with my cowrie best to jazz it up a little

Simplicity 2455. I can wear it with my cowrie belt to jazz it up a little

Simplicity 2455 with neckline pleats

Simplicity 2455 with neckline pleats

I’m so happy I can finally wear what I want rather than just accepting whatever I can find on the few shopping trips I attempt thoughout the year.

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