Summer Dresses!


This summer I made three dresses that I am actually wearing all the time.

The first is the Traveler Dress by Lisette.
Sadly, this pattern has been discontinued, but you may be able to find some online somewhere.
If not, the Frances Dress from Green Bee designs is similar.
I used Robert Kaufman faux patchwork chambray  for mine.


The second is the Chambray Dress from Handmade Style by Anna Graham.  This was so fast and easy to put together!  I highly recommend this pattern.  I used Robert Kaufman’s Chambray Dobbies in Squares.  It drapes so nicely and has a little bit of sheen to it.  I think this dress can be dressy or casual, depending on how you style it.  It would work for fall as well if you just throw on some boots, a pretty scarf and a cardi.


Next up is The Amelia Dress by Green Bee Designs.  This dress is cut completely on the bias.  The fabric I chose is Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous Seedlings.  The fabric is gorgeous and soft and wonderful.  However, it frays and was very hard to work with on the bias.  I almost quit several times trying to match up the stripes, too!    I also put in an invisible zipper which for some reason pooched out in the back so much I looked like I had a hump!  I realized I didn’t need the zipper to get in and out of the dress so I took it out and now it’s fine.  All that said,  I love the way it came out, but it was rough going.  PHEW!


What are you making this summer?
Have you found any dress patterns that you totally love and wear all the time?
Share some links if you’ve got them. I’m always on the hunt for more!


  1. great job and fabric choices. do you play violin? i am a pianist myself. and i drink cocktails. hey i wanted to ask you, where do you buy most of your liquors? we went to a distillery in chicago recently and i bought some beautiful whiskey, gin and ginger liqueur!

    • sewmodernla says:

      Hi Judy! My daughter plays the violin (sometimes) and she also plays piano. I get a lot of liquor from Bev Mo actually! They have a really nice selection with organic options and trendy item. Sounds like a fun trip to the distillery!

  2. Great job on the dresses!

  3. All three dresses are beautiful. I LOVE the fabric of the Traveler Dress. (and those black wedges are awesome!)

  4. Wonderful work! I just made the Amelia dress and realized I had a major fitting problem…back to the drawing board with the bust darts–I think my chest might actually be concave?? :/. Trying to be positive, but haven’t touched it in a week because I feel a bit discouraged. :(::::::

    • sewmodernla says:

      I feel your pain, Lorien. Did you put in a zipper? I really feel this pattern doesn’t need it because it is cut on the bias. that might take the whole thing in a bit and help with the bust dart situation?

  5. All 3 great dresses! I’m inspired to make the Amelia dress in Loominous headlines grape. In order to line up the stripes, do you have an idea of how much yardage you used? I wonder if I should play it safe and get 4 yds…hmmmm.

    • sewmodernla says:

      Well, Lucy, considering I re-did the skirt after some bad cutting, I would say get the 4 yards for sure.

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