I’m so happy to share one of my favorite ESP dresses with you! It seems like it’s been hanging in my sewing room for so long that I haven’t had a chance to parade around in it. I actually have yet another ESP dress to share with you soon as I get to photographing my backlog of projects. After what seems like two months straight of sewing, I actually haven’t been at my sewing machine AT ALL this week which is very foreign to me! It’s good to take a break as I don’t want sewing to seem like a job to me as that would ruin all of the fun!
This dress is a collaboration between Harts Fabrics, Art Gallery Fabrics and Decades of Style Patterns and is my project for Sew Your Hart Out September. Harts is giving away fabrics, patterns, a Janome sewing machine, a Janome serger and so many more prizes and there’s still time to enter to win! SEW fabulous, I say! You can also check out my tutorial on how I re-size the ESP dress while you’re at it!So yes, this is one of my TNT patterns which I’ve made many times before. It really is my go-to pattern when I want to make something quick and easy and yet so retro chic and comfy at the same time. I really love how it displays kitschy fabrics so well, and honestly, I just can’t get enough of it! Also, if you didn’t notice before, I am a Decades of Style fangirl. Maybe I’ll make it through sewing their entire pattern catalog someday? One can only wish!
This ESP is put together is pretty much the same way as my previous versions, with something new. I lowered the neckline using DoS’s tutorial on G Marie’s blog, and I tell you what — I love my ESP even more! I lowered the neckline about 3/4 of an inch (maybe a little less….. I did not write down the measurement!). I do love the higher neckline, but it kind of bothered me in the heat, so I hadn’t been wearing my ESP dresses when summer hit. The lowered neckline makes my ESP dresses more comfortable to wear and is a permanent alteration I’ll be doing to any I make in the future.
I finished my seams on my serger and installed an invisible zip. I did happen to have a matching one in my stash, but whilst searching through my collection I realized how low I am on invisible zips. I don’t seem to be buying the quantity like I used to, which means my sewing room isn’t as fully stocked anymore…. that may not seem bad to those who can pop around the corner to a sewing shop, but it is for me as I’m not going to drive 30 miles to pick up a zipper. I even noticed my stash of needles is depleted and had to call my husband one day to stop at Joann’s and pick me up some on his way home from work! I definitely need to get back on track with my
Anyway….. back to the task at hand! In addition to lowering the neckline, I also did my usual swayback adjustment to the back bodice piece and lowered the hemline about 2″. Pretty much the same things that I’ve done for all of my ESP dresses.
The fabric is this sublime Art Gallery print from the Succulence collection by Bonnie Christine. I chose the Succulence Rosette in Rain for my project. I had a difficult time choosing between this one and the purple version – Fireside. The purple one is what my mom picked when I showed her the designs, but I’m always drawn to green, plus it matches my shoes. Can’t go wrong with that! This is also the first Art Gallery fabric that I’ve sewn with and I am truly and completely in love. It’s such a wonderful fabric with a nice sheen and so soft. Quite unlike other scratchy quilting cottons, which makes it perfect for dresses.
Another thing that drew me to this fabric was the print. It has “hens and chickens” all over it and I have a ton of those in my garden. I guess I should have posed with them, but I didn’t want y’all to see the weeds…. Also, I don’t know if “hens and chickens” is the proper name for them. That’s what my grandma called them. Just as I don’t know if the “Naked Ladies” that popped up in the garden recently is the proper name for those flowers….
Until next time!
- Dress: Decades Everyday ESP dress in Art Gallery Succulence Rosette Rain quilting cotton, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High
- Belt: Macy’s
- Sunglasses: ModCloth
- Earrings: Bauble Bar
Note: The fabric was given to me as part of my participation in Sew Your Hart Out September. These are my honest opinions.