Sunday, September 16, 2012

Two maxi dresses - and new fabric!

Home again from my daughter's house! Wonderful visit, and we got in so much talking (and fitting). I was relieved and a bit proud of myself - her dresses fit! Priss the IKEA SY took care of the little bit of finish sewing with ease. And these are both knits!

McCalls 5893 - what an easy and pretty pattern. The fabrics are cotton jersey knits from Valori Wells Karavan collection. Wonderful weight, and they laundered and sewed like a dream.
I took this all the way to the floor. The elephant band is 12", and the dress is finished with a 1 1/2" band of the main fabric. I like the way the 'solid' band at the bottom brings the dress together. The armhole and neck bindings are elephants :-)

McCalls 6073  - a stunner! She has black hair and blue eyes - this dress is beautiful on her. The fabric is a lightweight cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. No twist or laundering problems! and it sewed nicely as well.  Again, this maxi is to the floor. Really pretty.

Eight gals are going on the cruise - imagine! I'm promised pics to share.
Did I mention new fabric? My girl gifted me with Holly Lobby $ - I got some really pretty pieces for fall sewing.
The cheetah print is a cotton jersey knit! oh la!
The jaguar is calico with a very smooth hand and dense color.
The stripe has a gold lurex thread running through it!
 and feels like something between a broadcloth and a lawn. 
A calico Alexander Henry story print! Love love Alexander Henry.
The detail on the fabric and the vibrancy of the colors are incredible. 
And a beautiful calico Asian print. So balanced, really good looking!  
I hardly know where to start. Oops, there is that Halloween costume waiting!
Ciao! Coco  


  1. Coco, these are so pretty-I love the use of the main fabric under the border print. It does really tie it all together. I must get back to sewing soon-have been doing a lot of horse related things.

    1. A woman of more than one hobby/interest...I've enjoyed your blog and Camp Runamuck as well! I am waiting to see you in something really out there, Mary...did you see the Akasha coat patterns? :-)

  2. Busy busy times ahead. Beautiful red dress - really stunning.

  3. HOLD THE PHONE!!! The SlobbyLobby has cool animal print knits? Why oh why amd I reading this on a sunday- the day they will not give me animal print satisfaction? OHHHH!

    1. It's Monday - you go, girl! Only a few, but very nice! Midweight, not flimsy, laundered beautifully yesterday, wish I had gotten more!

  4. Thank you, Valerie - and me, too! The whole collection is beautiful, lots of elephant variations, just want some to have around, not even to sew :-)

  5. Such lovely dresses. I adore the elephant print!

    1. Mushy, thanks so much. The elephants are really something. I think this is Valori's best collection ever.


I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco