April 29, 2013

Spring 2013 Collection: Meet Marilyn!

To say the least, it has been just a bit busy around here! We completed the photos for the new collection at the first of the month, then pattern instruction writing ensued and finalizing everything for sending it off to the printer took over for a week or so. Then, being the crazy person that I am, I always seem to get the itch to do things to our house in the midst of getting ready for market! This year it was getting new floors in our home office and my studio. That happened mid month and things are just now getting back to normal! Thanks for your patience. I know a lot of you have been relentlessly checking this blog to see the new stuff....well, your wait is over!

Fabric: Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda

The first new design I would like to share with you today is the Marilyn Dress. This is a sexy summer dress that is meant for you to let your inner starlet shine! The design features a close fit with a high waistband for the most flattering look to your silhouette. The V-neckline is featured at both the front and back necklines. There is subtle gathering at the lower bustline as it attaches to the waistband. This design as is can accommodate bustlines from size A-C cup. A large bust adjustment can be made to the bodice pieces for the fuller figured gals as well.

Fabric: Michael Miller Neon Dot and Solid

This dress has a super full skirt which is great fun to wear! I felt like a starlet wearing it for the photo shoot!! You will notice in the photos that I played around with the fabrics to provide you with fun variations for this dress. Such variations include a bias trim to accent the waistband and hemband, a contrasting fabric at the waist, and contrasting trims at the hemband.

Fabric: Riley Blake Ombre Dot and Solid

This dress has a center back invisible zipper closure. Don't be afraid of installing an invisible zipper. They really are much easier than you think. I have a tutorial here on the blog (see the right sidebar for more info) to teach you how to install this type of zipper. You can even do it with a regular zipper foot!

Fabric: Westminster Martha Negley Floral trimmed with Riley Blake dot

Fabric: Windham Hello, Gorgeous!

Stay tuned this week....I will be blogging about the rest of the collection tomorrow and Wednesday and we will be working this week to get these listed for sale on the website. The stock came in late last week, so as soon as we get them listed you can add them to your long list of spring and summer sewing. I can't wait to share the rest of the collection with you. I hope you find it inspiring!

Happy Sewing!