Talking about 4th of July Style and how to work that into your everyday wardrobe all summer long.
This week’s look is fun, playful, and super flirty. With the 4th of July right around the corner, I’m feeling super inspired by the red, white, and blue color scheme as mentioned earlier this week with my Gingham and Denim Look. These colors work so well, like the very similar red, black, and white palette. Currently, I’m a sucker for gingham and have been for quite some time (see here) and I’m always obsessed with an over-sized bow, is it just me? Am I alone in this? I hope not and as I stare into my wardrobe now, I wonder why I don’t have more – ha! With large bows still on the mind (Gingham Bow Blouse Tutorial)! For today’s look, I’ve loved a lot of the design details you see below,
For my friends who are NOT seamstresses reading there were a lot of dresses that inspired this week’s look as far as color and theme goes and the best part? They are all around $100 or LESS. So I will share those looks and designers below,
For my sewing friends
When designing this particular dress, I thought a lot about the fun those fun detail above and I love a lot of the cut outs that we see right now in dresses. So to re-create this 4th of July Styled dress in time for Monday’s festivities yourself, you will need:
- Burda Pattern 6918 (out of print) but New Look 6446 looks like it could be a great substitute
- Pattern paper for pattern alterations,
- paper scissors,
- sewing supplies,
- You will typically use “style A skirt” with “style B top”.
- Trace out the front bodice onto pattern pattern for alterations (I personally love wrapping paper with a 1″ grid).
We need to re-position (in green) the front dart (in pruple). Draw new dart line.
- With scissors, cut out one leg of your original dart legs (I did closest to center front) and cut new dart line all the way to the tip of the dart (apex) without cutting all the way through. We want to be able to pivot that triangle shape we just made.
- Tape the original dart shut (I used glue but I really reccommend tape in case you make a mistake).
- We need to fill that gap with paper so we can make the pattern for the new dart, so add and tape new paper to your pattern.
Open dart up, it should look somewhat similar to the pattern below. Additionally, this would be a great time to alter the bodice front to give it a more of a sweet heart neckline. If you zoom into the photo below, you will be able to tell how much or little I removed from the bodice as the grided squares below are 1″ in size.
Once the front bodice pattern is complete, continue to sew pattern according to dress instructions. When finishing the bodice top, I topstitched the bottom seam and then attached it to the skirt. You may have to do a mini fitting here, make sure the top fits with the skirt (you might need to raise the skirt waist line higher towards the center front of your bodice. You will end up with the triangle cut out in the center front; using a bias trim will help clean that opening edge. Additionally, before adding the bias finishing, I did attach grosgrain ribbon to that waistline or else it could look a bit saggy. Doing so will help stabilize that exposed waistline in the front, boning would help, too, but I didn’t have any at home.
Make your bow, I designed this bow very similarly to the last two bows I made, HERE and HERE. I made this bow so that the dress can be detachable and bow pieces can be machine washable, then you can dry the pieces, iron, and put the bow through the loop. I’m also using snaps near the straps of the dress so the bow tails can stay up and snap into place. I think I have everything covered, right? *whew*
** ON ME **
Hair, beach waves – BeachWaver curling wand
Hat – Floppy Straw Hat Target
Sunglasses – Women’s Cat Eye Sunglasses
Lips – L’Oreal Paris 343 Red Fatale
Top – McCalls Pattern, m6964
Purse – Nicole Lee USA
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