Summer Picnic Dress

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Summer is here! I mean like, for REAL it’s here… there’s nothing but hot days in our forecast. We even have some triple digits coming within the next week. So now is a perfect time to talk about the dress I made for Clara at Christmas, right??

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern CompanyBut then again, gingham is always in season. And in Texas, so are sundresses!
I love Melissa’s Sundress month. You know about this, right?

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Melissa Mora of Melly Sews hosts it every June, and bloggers from everywhere share their different takes on sundresses. This is my second year to play along (with a little less neon this time around), and I always find a ton of inspiration in the posts everyone contributes.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Speaking of things I love? Dude. The Sophie Dress from Simple Life Pattern Company.
Oh my gosh, this is such a cute design. I’ve made 3!
So far.
Remember my first one? I haven’t blogged about the second, but you can see it in the Fiesta Fun look book.

This time around, I made a few subtle adjustments to get the look I was going for. I made the neck ruffle slightly wider, and I played with the neckline curve a little. Do you do that too? Sometimes I just can’t help messing with a pattern when I’m making it again and again. It’s too fun!

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

I couldn’t decide whether to do the ruffle on the straight grain or on the bias, and this time I chose straight. But gingham on bias would be amazing.

There’s so much to love about the design of this pattern. But what keeps bringing me back?….I’m alllll about the scoop neck with the button placket.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

I mean, how cute is that??
Very. So very.

So how did I decide on a gingham theme for our Christmas card? A very technical and deliberate method…

http://www.madeeveryday.com/?p=24852&preview=trueBasically I realized that Lucy already had a gingham dress, and Casey and Owen already had gingham ties. Haah! OK and I wanted a gingham skirt. Win-win. Win.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

As a bonus, I finally got to play around with gingham color blocking, something I’ve wanted to do for forever. And Clara ended up with another adorable Sophie sundress that she’s getting a ton of wear from.
Happy Sundressing (and picnic-ing)!

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Tie it up—20% off

How to sew a Necktie on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Father’s Day is on SUNDAY.
Which means it’s not too late to make him a simple, cool, handmade gift.

And I’ll make it extra easy for you….20% off the Everyday Necktie Pattern from now till Sunday night!
Use code: TIE4DAD

This is easily one of my favorite patterns, because it’s so empowering to make something like this, from any fabric you like. Make one to match any outfit, hobby, or personality.

The Everyday Necktie comes in:
> 3 sizes, for any age
> 2 styles—the Skinny Tie is my fave

And I LOVE seeing what you guys have made with the pattern in the Instagram tag #everydaynecktiemade.
Click on that tag for a link to each pic, though I have to give a shout out to Orchard Blossoms for sharing so many great pics in there.  I’m dying over that first floral one.  Gorgeous!

I promise, if you’ve never made a tie, you’re going to be amazed how easy this is.
And if you don’t believe—check out the video!

Then grab your pattern (remember to use code: TIE4DAD for 20% off through Sunday)
Turn on some tunes.
Sing and sew.
Then wrap it on up (with a bow? yes!), and enjoy your guy this Sunday…and every day!
 

VIDEO: How to sew a felt vest

How to Make a Vest - sewing tutorial and FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday

I think you’re going to love this new video. I mean….it’s simply the vest!

The vest is yet to come?…

How to Make a Vest - sewing tutorial and FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday

Haaah, okay I’ll stop. But seriously, there’s nothing serious about this one!
It’s tons of fun to make and even more fun to play with afterwards.

With a simple felt vest pattern (download the free pattern in size 2-4 years old HERE),  you’ve got the building blocks for tons of costumes:

cowgirl/cowboy (clearly!)
pilgrim
pirate
sheriff
• whatever you can think of!

How to Make a Vest - sewing tutorial and FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday

And felt is so cool and easy to work with – perfect for beginners. So put your vest foot forward…

How to Make a Vest - sewing tutorial and FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday

And just click the play button below.
Enjoy!

If you’re new around here,  MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh and fun sewing show, where we create everyday items you will love and use.

To watch other episodes:
• Click to the VIDEO page OR
• Subscribe to my Youtube channel so you’re updated as soon as the episode goes live.

How to Make a Vest - sewing tutorial and FREE PATTERN from MADE Everyday

These are so fun, I can’t stop! Someone might need to call vest control to deal with this situation.

OK really, now I’m done.