Versatile shirt: Floral Rayon Natalie Top

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It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve had a really successful make that wasn’t either a pattern I’ve made before or a Sewaholic pattern. But, this top has been a great success!

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Knit faux wrap dress: McCall’s 6713

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When I started my first job, I bought two knit wrap dresses from Banana Republic that became staples in my work wardrobe. They’ve worn out in the 7 years since. I recently started working full-time again, and I wanted to find a nice knit wrap dress pattern to make a new arsenal.

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Graduation Dress: Part 2

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Over the weekend, I graduated with my PhD, a perfect excuse to make a new dress. I was lucky enough to have my best friend and fellow sewist Nicole graduate with me. Together we made “reverse bridesmaid dresses” for the occasion. I’ve talked a little bit about our planning in a separate post here. Today’s post is essentially two-in-one, because Nicole and I have both detailed our dress-making adventures for you. The same dress can work on two very different body types–after some trials and tribulations.

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Graduation Dress: Part 1

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My friend Nicole and I have been planning graduation dresses for a few months. She’s ahead of me in the process, and is defending her dissertation tomorrow!  I have officially written my dissertation now, and I’m finally pretty confident that I’m really going to graduate this spring. That means that I can finally talk about the dresses that we’re making for the occasion. Continue reading