Day 17: I Should Wear This More Often!

Hello, everyone! I’m all caught up on order shipping now that the postal service is working again, yay! Time to catch up on a few Me-Made-June posts next.

This dress is so pretty, but doesn’t get the exposure it deserves! Every time I put it on, I love it! It’s comfortable, flattering, adjustable! It’s floral but not too bright (as compared with most of my floral dresses) and it’s got little cap sleeves. I even have a basic navy tank that I hang up with the dress, so it’s always ready to wear. And it’s shiny! Pretty.

Yet, I don’t wear it very often. I think the last time I wore it was in the fall, for Self-Stitched September! Granted, it’s been wintery for months, but it would be cute with tights and boots too. (Maybe a little knitted hat?)

The Details

Dress: McCalls 5314, out of print sadly! It’s a great pattern if you do manage to find it. I made this dress over three years ago out of a stretch polyester print – but it doesn’t require the stretch to be comfortable.

See the dress in more photos here!

Shoes: Urban Outfitters, another awesome purchase! These are comfortable with a sensible heel, but still look super-cute and have a retro flair.

I drove to work this day, which is why these photos are taken inside in the office! Which is a mass disaster right now, I pushed all of the mess to one side so I could take photos.

I should wear this dress more often! It is polyester, but I’m willing to overlook that part because it’s such a fun dress. There’s nothing wrong with it, there aren’t even any sewing flaws that make me dislike it. It was a pain to cut because of the slippery fabric, but the sewing was fairly easy too. And it’s so forgiving! There’s plenty of room in the skirt, the wrap allows me to loosen it if I ate a big meal, the bodice is comfortable, it’s neither too short or too long of a skirt.

Or, I should make it again – in solid colours! Wouldn’t it be fun in hot pink? I’m on a hot-pink kick right now, it must be the fact that summer’s on its way. I love the energy it brings!

More Me-Made-June posts coming this week, as well as a closer look at the Lonsdale Dress!

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18 Responses to Day 17: I Should Wear This More Often!

  1. Kathleen June 29, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    This makes me wish I had my sewing machine! Beautiful!

  2. Amber June 29, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    This is a great dress! Do you know if Mccalls re-uses numbers for patterns? 5314 has come up as a vintage dress… nothing like this one! I’m looking for a great wrap and love the waist on this! I’m in Australia so sometimes they have older patterns floating around :)


  3. Elaine June 29, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Such a lovely dress and fits your perfectly. It’s a very ‘grown up’ floral print; great colours.

    I can understand why you’re wearing a top underneath ….. that would be a seriously plunging neckline otherwise!! :)

  4. Suzie June 29, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    You are right, it really is a lovely dress. You’ll need to position it to the front of your wardrobe so that you remember to wear it more often!

    And the fabric is so lovely – if you had any/enough left I bet it would look gorgeous as a Pendrell!!

  5. magdamagda June 29, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    slippery is difficult to stitch but gives it a great flow! Love your office pics!

  6. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) June 29, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Sure why not? I like a “grab and go” type of dress, looks very comfortable and yet pretty and flattering. Wish the pattern was still available.

  7. mahaila June 29, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    You should! wear this dress more often. I love the cut. It really suits your figure. lovely.

  8. Lipstick Jane June 29, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Beautiful dress but really love the shoes!!

    Where did you find them?

  9. Tasia June 29, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    @Amber: Hi Amber! It’s this McCalls 5314 –

    Sorry that I’m pointing you to a SOLD listing, but at least you can see what the cover looks like, in case you come across it later on!
    And pattern reviews here:

    @Lipstick Jane: I bought these shoes at Urban Outfitters last year, they have them still!,+product.marketingPriority&navCount=25&navAction=poppushpush&color=&pushId=W_SHOES_HEELSWEDGES&popId=WOMENS_SHOES&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

    If these aren’t the exact same ones, they’re very, very close! Same brand and same price as the ones I bought.

    @Elaine: I have worn this without a top underneath and all day, I worried about it coming open! I wore it to a Mother’s Day brunch and had to safety-pin it closed in case I leaned forward over the buffet by accident :)

  10. learningnewtricks June 29, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I love the colors of this dress and how flattering it is on your body. It reminds me of Burda’s (free pattern) Hope Wrap dress. A lady in one of my sewing classes made the dress with sleeves similar to yours, and the dress was so cute.

    You can also change up the look of this dress with a different color camisole top, such as purple, red, or ecru. Look forward to seeing more of your new garment creations.

  11. Irene June 29, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Very pretty dress! Easy wear – easy care is always bonus.

  12. Tasha June 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    It’s super cute on you, very flattering! I love it with the dark shoes and your brightly painted toenails peeking out!

  13. Corinne June 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    When I saw today’s post I thought you were sewing furiously during the postal situation! It is a lovely dress and looks great on you. Do move it forward in the rotation, you should wear it more often!

  14. Val June 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    That is a beautiful dress!

  15. lulu June 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    This dress suits your shape beautifully!

  16. Kristen June 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Fabby dress! It is so flattering! The print is really sweet too.

  17. Bella July 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi Tasia, great dress! & it really is flattering.

  18. Gail July 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Sweet and stylish!