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Sew Long Summer: The Jessica Dress

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I’m glad I joined the Sew Long Summer blog tour, because it pushed me to make The Jessica Dress by Mimi G. My intention was to make it last month in August but I ran out of time so I made it for this tour (clapping emoji). Here in California there are no signs of Fall yet, so this dress is perfect for the heat.

One of my instafriends recently made this dress and she inspired me to make one for myself. If you sign up for the Mimi G newsletter, you can also receive this pattern for free. The best part is that she has two sew along tutorials on YouTube found here. I didn’t even read through the tutorial because the videos were very helpful.

Last month I ordered beautiful navy chambray fabric from LA Finch Fabrics. I couldn’t find the exact navy I purchased, but here is the same fabric in a different color. I absolutely love this navy chambray. It is so light and has a beautiful drape.

I was really nervous about cutting into this beautiful fabric so I made a muslin using seersucker from Joann’s. I only muslined the bodice and I’m glad I did because I made some mistakes on my first version. On the first version I wasn’t minding the top and bottom of the facings so I’m pretty sure I sewed them upside down, which created some problems when I attached the facing to the bodice. I didn’t add buttons to my muslin but I did practice making buttonholes on scraps of my “real” fabric. I’m glad I got over the fear of making buttonholes. I was really intimidated by this process but after a couple of tries, I realized, making buttonholes wasn’t that big of a deal. I still don’t feel confident about making buttonholes but I know that only over time will my buttonholes look great.

You may not be able to tell from these few pictures, but my buttonholes are really messed up. Even after practicing several times, I couldn’t get the buttonholes right. I sewed my buttons by hand and that wasn’t as bad as I had thought either.

To make the buttonholes, I used a stabilizer I bought from Amazon and a measuring gauge to help me determine the space between my buttonholes.

I made the largest size in this pattern (size XXL) and I think it worked out well. Perhaps on my next dress, I can size down as it may be a bit lose on the sides (under the armpit) but I think that is an easy adjustment. I’m really proud of this project because the inside of my garment looks quite nice (in my opinion).

I did have a bit of trouble with the hem. I need to exercise patience when it comes to hemming so I do it properly and it has a more professional finish.

I also need to not wait to the last minute to take photos because it is very stressful. I rely on my husband to take my photos and his job hours are all over the place so we took photos the day before this post went live. We barely got sunlight, which is why there aren’t very many pics.

I can’t wait to make this pattern again. I’ve seen various variations of this pattern and I think I will make a peplum top with this bodice next. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to make this dress. I really can’t believe how smoothly everything went and the beautiful result. I hope you enjoyed this short blog and my version of The Jessica Dress.

Welcome to the Sew Long Summer blog tour. We’re going to have a fun one this year.

A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too (read on for details and prizes)
Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.
Sept. 10th Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn
Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend
Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations
Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a Seamstress, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Petite Font
Sept. 14th Sewing à la Carte, Sewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots

12 thoughts on “Sew Long Summer: The Jessica Dress”

  1. This is on my to-do list too, possibly for a trip to Palm Springs later this month. It looks beautiful on you! And aren’t we so spoiled with this weather? (Though I did go outside yesterday and nearly melted…)

    1. Ohhh Palm Springs! Hahah yes we are so spoiled here in California especially given what is going on in the east coast 😪 I was pleasantly surprised how well everything came together. Thank you!! ☺️

    1. Thank you!! Yes this fabric is lovely and I also think it will be good for layering. I’ve seen some ladies style it with a shirt underneath and I think that’s perfect for fall.

  2. Georgous as always! 😍 Makes me want to have a Jessica dress too – guess I’ll put it on my list and try to figure out I can fit it to fit me…
    Just a few hours ago I finally finished my coat, second time buttonholes – I’m laughing now as I can totally relate to the nervousness you wrote about! It never stops! Aaaaah!

    1. Lol I think this will look gorgeous on you and I know you would add your own spin and creativity to it. I always love this about your creations. I still have to finish the buttonholes on this and good thing I’m practicing because I have two more garments that require buttons. I guess that is the beauty of sewing that you’re always learning! Thank you 😍

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