While I absolutely love creating new patterns from scratch with you, sometimes it can also be so rewarding to follow a pattern you didn’t make yourself. Following somebody else’s instructions always teaches me something new and reminds me why I developed a love of making my own clothes in the first place.
Creating a handmade wardrobe isn’t about building up inventory quickly. It usually doesn’t even matter what trends are “in” this season or what your friends are wearing. Crafting a carefully curated closet is more about taking the time to make perfectly-fitting pieces of wearable self-expression. It’s a process that builds on itself and leaves you with a feeling of pride and creativity.
That’s why today I decided to take a break from curating new projects for you guys and share something I made just for me. I used the printable Kimmy pattern by Seamwork to sew this uber-comfortable dress that I plan on wearing all spring and summer long.
The fabric is by Nicole Miller, one of my favorite (and underrated) designers and was part of an exclusive collection for Joanns. When I saw the bolt sitting on the shelf, I instantly fell in love and bought yards and yards of it without much of a plan.
Honestly, it’s embarrassing how often that happens.
After this gorgeous, colorful fabric sat on my shelf for what felt like a year, I finally took it out and created something beautiful.
This dress is simple, timeless, and makes me feel more vibrant whenever I slip it on.
The best part about printing your own sewing patterns from home is that you can avoid going to the store and walking out with hundreds of dollars in extra, beautiful fabric. Using my seamwork account, I can pick the design I’d like to make, print it from my regular printer, and finally start to whittle away at the stock-pile of fabric I’ve collected.
You can get this dress pattern by Seamwork for free HERE
I paired this Kimmy Dress pattern with the Leather Fringe clutch we made a few months ago and some black booties. Since the print is so colorful, I kept the other accessories to a minimum.
The clutch is so roomy that you could literally put everything you need plus a laptop, binder, and sketchbook in it. Maybe one day I’ll create another tutorial where I’ll add some straps to create the perfect little book bag. 😉
In the meantime, you can check out the full tutorial for the Fringe Clutch HERE.
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