I'm headed to Salt Lake City tomorrow! It is Quilt Market time again, and as always I am really looking forward to it! It will be so nice to see many of my fabric/quilting friends again. And I'm hoping to make some new friends while I'm there. I won't have my own booth this time, which should allow me to explore market a little more than last time. When not exploring, I'll be hanging out at the Free Spirit designer booth, so please stop by and say hello!
This is a dress I made using JM41 Yellow ("Iris"). I often have trouble finding and making dresses that fit well. So many patterns are shift-style dresses, which I love, but sometimes a girl wants something that fits a little closer to her body. Last year I made the Sunny Day Dress from Jamie Christina and it has been my favorite dress so far. I love the elastic and the ties around the neck and in the back. I started to make that again but instead decided to kind of "wing it" and see what I could come up with on my own.
I loved this dress that Jona of Fabritopia recently reviewed on her blog. It looks so cute on her! I loved that center elastic. I don't know if you can tell by these photos, but this is just basically a yard or so of fabric, sewn selvedge to selvedge, with elastic around the top and the waist. I had to do many, many alterations to get it to fit right, but I"m really pleased with how it turned out! And it was fun coming up with something simple and easy to make. I am working on one more for market and hope to have that finished here pretty soon. I didn't feel like modeling this one for a photo, so I'll be sure and take some photos at market to show you how it fits.
By the way, thanks so much for all of your emails and nice comments regarding the flood situation here in Memphis. I live in Midtown Memphis, an area that should not be affected by the floods. I have been keeping a close eye on things, though, as the Mississippi River slowly rolls by. There are lots of areas that have already flooded around Memphis ( so heartbreaking!) and there will probably be more as the river is expected to stay at peak levels for at least another couple of weeks. This means that all of the rivers around Memphis that run into the Mississippi won't have any place to go--so more flooding is very likely.
I hope that all is well with you all today. I'll be tweeting from Quilt Market (@jeneanmorrison), so I'll keep in touch while I'm gone. And I'll give you a full report when I get back next week! Have a great week!
UPDATE ON THIS POST: I realized after posting this that I left out a crucial piece of information about the dress. While this wasn't meant to be a tutorial, if it inspires you, feel free to try it as it was super-easy to make. The part that I forgot to tell you was that I started with two pieces of fabric--one was solid white and the other this print. I cut them to the same size, then sewed them together to make the pockets for the elastic. And it works out perfectly because the dress is fully lined!