Considering all fabric choices, pattern choices and sewists I follow, picking one person for a tribute is a challenge. However, it’s got to be Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic for a variety of reasons. First, she had a great set of patterns that worked for her, and then she needed to start from scratch because her body transformed (me, too, but in a different way). Second, she takes patterns that fit and adds details from photos or designer inspiration (me, to). Third, she loves to wear dresses (me, too). Finally, she has a substantial fabric resource center (mine is not quite comparable, but I certainly have my share). Also, I am happy to say that I briefly introduced myself a couple of years ago at the Sew Expo in Puyallup, and Carolyn was so gracious.
This is a self-drafted dress based on a princess seam woven pattern. The sleeves are inspired by a Pinterest image (as split sleeve that joins at the bottom with a button). The fabric is a Nani Iro double gauze that I was going to give away, but I decided to give it a try. It was in the give-away pile because of the color, which seems like an dark, potentially drab color for a warm climate/summer dress. However, I keep reading about how double gauze is really comfortable for the heat, so I decided to give it a try.
Thank you, Carolyn, for inspiring me to be the best sewist I can be!