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The Amazing 2-Piece Dress

When it comes to wardrobe pieces there is probably nothing better than a dress. They are both easy and practical. No having to decide what to wear on the top or bottom.  Choose your dress, add shoes, accessories, and you are ready to go.

One of my favorite dress styles is the 2-piece dress which is actually nothing more than a matching top and skirt.

My latest sewing project is this two piece dress comprised of a matching moss green velvet sweatshirt and pencil skirt. 

Although these pieces were made for one another, they are strong enough to stand alone.

This color is really striking in person. My pictures don’t do it justice.

The Sweat Shirt

For the Sweatshirt I used It’s always Autumn’s Perfect Slouchy Sweatshirt Pattern found Here.  When conceiving this look, I wanted a slouchy sweater look with dropped shoulders.  After a couple of days of searching through my pattern stash, pattern books, and offerings from online pattern sellers I came up empty handed.

I can’t remember how I stumbled on Autumn’s site but I was glad that I did.  When I saw her version of the sweatshirt, I knew it would be perfect for creating the look that I had in mind.

The pdf pattern consists of 2 main pieces (1 front, 1 back). After assembled, both pieces are cut on the fold.  Measurements are given for the neckband, cuffs, and waistband.

The pattern  went together very easily.  I made two minor modifications to the neckband and cuffs.  I subtracted 2 inches off the suggested cuff height and cut the neckband  27″ x 2″. I made no changes to the waistband.  (Not Shown)

I really love this pattern and I will be using it again.

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The Pencil Skirt

The skirt is Erica by Sinclair Patterns.  I purchased it back in July customized to my measurements. With only 2 pattern pieces, (1 front/back, 1 waistband). After the pieces are assembled, they are both cut on the fold. This skirt was a breeze to cut out and put together.

The instructions for this skirt are very good.  I would highly recommend it for a beginner.

Because I was able to customize it, the fit is perfect.

  Style Details

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The Little Gray Dress – Another Version of M6886 

A couple years ago my husband surprised me and the kids with a trip to NYC. It was my family’s second trip there within a 2 year span.

My family loves NYC.

On our second trip there I took a solo trip into the Garment District. My initial plan was to  only visit Mood Fabrics but when I did my research I discovered that there were several other Fabric stores in the area.

The Gray Knit Ponte that I used for this version of McCalls 6886 was purchased in one of those other small NYC fabric shops.  I only purchased 2.5  yards so, I have been holding on to it for the past 2 years waiting for the right project.

I wanted a simple dress with a voluminous statement sleeve but with my limited yardage I didn’t have enough fabric to make what I had in mind.

So I decided that instead of making a set in sleeve, I would make the dress sleeveless and add a Statement Sleeve overlay at the shoulder right above the top of the arm opening.

I love how it turned out. This dress is so comfy that I’m actually lounging in it right now.

I decided to go with black and gold accessories for this look.

I have one more version of M6886 planned for later this month. I plan to update my next version with another Fall 2017 trend. 

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