Taste the Rainbow Linen Kalle Dress with JOANN


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Have you tasted the rainbow?! I’ve spent some time window shopping from low to high end clothing stores, and you know what trend has really stood out to me lately? RAINBOW stripe EVERYTHING! Rainbow is a HUGE trend this season and the moment I saw JOANN’s new rainbow stripe linen for spring/summer I knew I needed some. Shout out to Heidi from Handmade Frenzy who first brought this amazing fabric to my attention on instagram.

This rainbow stripe linen fabric is currently taking the online sewing world by storm, and I’m excited to give you my take on it! I love that the colors in this design have a slight remix from the standard ROYGBIV order, giving this fabric a slightly more sophisticated look.

I used the Kalle Shirt Dress pattern by Closet Case Files because it matched really well with my “ready to wear” inspiration (from Madewell of course). I love wearing easy linen dresses in the summertime and this one is going to be just what I need in my wardrobe.

Madewell Stripe Rainbow Shirt Dress Inspo
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I love my Kalle Shirt I made last summer and still wear it all the time. It worked out that this pattern was a perfect pattern match to re-create the Madewell inspired dress. I sewed up view C in a size 4. I went with the hidden placket, just like the Madewell dress. Quick side note here, do not be intimidated by the hidden placket! I was a little anxious about going with the hidden placket but it was pretty easy to figure out and I love how it looks on this dress. I added 2 1/2″ in length and brought the side hem down a little for a less dramatic hemline.

I cut my pattern out against the grain of the fabric in order to position the stripes vertically. I cut my yoke and sleeve bands on the grainline to add a little bit of contrast with the stripes. I cut my pocket off-grain as well because I wanted it to blend into the shirtdress front. I love the overall look and had a lot of fun sewing up this little dress.

For this post I used: LaMode 5/8″ buttons from JOANN and Pellon Soft Flex Fusible Interfacing(I love this stuff!).

This linen fabric was great to work with. I washed and dried it before cutting my dress out. I really love working with linen fabric in general, it’s a really great beginner friendly fabric but is a little more professional looking than a quilting cotton. It’s easy to work with and hold loads of garment possibilities!

I hope you feel inspired to try this colorful trend! Thanks for reading along!

 

Spring Sewing with JOANN

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Hello friends!

I’ve recently joined the JOANN blogger team and I’m thrilled to be sharing my first post with you today. While planning this project I knew I really wanted to make an outfit that shouted “SPRING!”. I had so much fun walking through JOANN and browsing through all of their new spring fabrics. There are so many reallllllyy good ones right now!

I decided that I wanted to make a two piece outfit that included a pair of jeans and a feminine top. I was initially planning on blue denim jeans but then I saw the 10 oz. white bull denim (what shouts spring more than white jeans?), and it jumped into my cart. Next I had a puff sleeve blouse in mind using Simplicity S8839 and I was on the hunt for the perfect fabric. I turned the corner and there it was: a blush peachskin puckered windowpane rayon poly fabric named Spring Garden. It was a perfect match and I felt giddy inside about it!

First, let’s talk about the top.

This pattern is really as EASY as they say it is on the envelope. I love the bias binding casing and elastic to create the gathered hem.

I really love the long sleeve design of Simplicity S8839 but I knew it wouldn’t be very practical for my current lifestyle. We also recently moved our family from SLC Utah to Orange County, CA and I really need some warm weather tops. I’m all about the puff sleeve trend happening right now! I love the cropped style bodice with an ultra feminine sleeve detail, so I went with view B.

For the fabric, I used Spring Garden HM Peachskin Puckered Windowpane Rayon Poly #164-3404. It’s currently not available to purchase online but could possibly still be available in stores. The whole Spring Garden collection is gorgeous and totally worth checking out!

For my top, I sewed up a size 10 which was one size down from what my measurements were on the chart. I made a few fit alterations to my top. First, I noticed the sleeve caps were hanging off my shoulders and didn’t lay on top of my shoulder notches as they should. (You can see this issue on the front of the pattern envelope, so I wasn’t surprised). I altered the shoulders by taking off a bit of the bodice shoulder and tapered to the underarm side seam. I also raised the sleeve hem by a 3/4″ for a smaller ruffle at the hem. I love how the fabric has a bit of structure but also some drape to it. It was a great fabric + pattern matchup.

Now let’s talk about these pants. I used the Dawn Jeans pattern by Megan Nielsen, and chose the straight leg view. A year ago I bought some straight leg Levi’s and I am obsessed with them. After making the wide leg version in the Dawn Jeans, I instantly loved how they fit me high on the waist and snug at the hips. With this pair, I was hoping to recreate something similar to my beloved Levi’s. I went with a zip fly this go around (this pattern offers a few different fly options), and you guys!!!!! The fit is so good!!!!

I sewed a size 4 in the waist and tapered to a size 0 in the hips. I ended up slightly taking in the waist a little more from here, as well as taking about a 1/4″ off of the center back yoke and tapering to the end. The finished fit is fabulous. I was nervous about sewing white jeans but with the proper undergarments, the pants aren’t too see through and are totally wearable. JOANN’s 10 oz. bull denim works really well for this pattern.

I had a really big birthday this month and I desperately wanted to wear my new spring outfit while celebrating but I couldn’t get my photos done in time for the big day. I have been dying to wear these pants but have had so much anxiety that I would get something on them if I didn’t wait to photograph them first. The other night I had a dream that I spilled something all over them and spent the rest of the dream planning how I would try to clean them up for the photoshoot. You guys, these pants are really that good haha! I’m so excited that I can now add them to the daily rotation.

I decided to go with a sand colored Gutermann topstitching thread (Col. #30) to add a little contrast to my jeans and I really love how they turned out.

I bought all of my supplies (besides the Dawn Jeans pattern) from JOANN stores including the jeans zipper, jeans button, jeans needle, topstitching thread, interfacing, etc. You can find everything you need for jeans sewing at JOANN! Since moving, my new JOANN store has been totally revamped and it’s gorgeous inside. I can’t wait to go back and browse all the fabrics again.

I hope this post leaves you feeling inspired for spring sewing! Thanks for reading along and come back soon because you won’t want to miss what I have planned for April! Happy sewing!