McCalls M8104 Denim Beach Dress

Coming into summer I wanted to make a beach dress that I could just throw over my swimmers. I chose McCalls M8104 pattern and made it from a lightweight denim. There is a lot to love about this pattern, including the slim-fitting shape, detailed sleeves and front and slim-fitting skirt with variations.

Description: Empire seam button front dresses with length, dolman sleeve variations & flounce details.
Pattern: McCalls M8104
Fabric: Lightweight Denim

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BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

I’ve been wanting to try out this BurdaStyle Cotton 101 dress for some time because of how amazing the sleeve detail is. This is my first test dress that I made with some scrap material I had left over from my latest Macaron dress.

Description: This dress features a high waistline, A-line cascade skirt and a sophisticated sleeve detail.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101 06/18
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

BurdaStyle Cotton Dress 101

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Simplicity 2360 Dress

I wanted to test out this pattern because of the shape and femininity to the style. However, the fabric choice that I picked wasn’t the right fit for the dress. I originally included the sleeve frills but decided that it was a little too over the top, so I ended up removing them.

Description: V or round-neck loose-fitting dress with waist gathers and frilled shoulders or neck line.
Pattern: Simplicity 2360
Fabric: Duck Cloth Cotton from Spotlight

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Simplicity 1651 Dress

One of my favourite dress fabrics to use is Cotton Sateen because it can create the most gorgeous dresses. I found this fabric at Spotlight and thought it would look really great being broken up by some white cotton sateen.

Description: Misses’ dress with slim or flared skirt has front & back bodice options, sweetheart or twist-front & open back. Including sleeveless, 3/4 or cap sleeves.
Pattern: Simplicity 1651
Fabric: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight

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Two-Toned Leila Dress

As soon as I finished my first Leila dress by Marsha Style patterns I knew I needed another one! I decided to colour contrast it with this abstract Duck Cloth cotton from Spotlight. This dress is so cute and comfortable to wear on the weekends and also really easy to make up!

Description: The Leila Dress features a V-neckline with gathered tiers.
Pattern: Taree Marsh Leila Dress
Fabric: Lightweight denim
Changes I made: I brought the v-neck higher so it wasn’t so low cut. I also took it in about 10cms at the sides so the overall dress wasn’t so full.

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Denim Leila Dress

My latest summer dress is the “Leila Dress” by Marsha Style patterns. This is a very popular style of dress at the moment, so it’s nice to be able to make my own version. The Leila Dress is easy to download and print out. It has a number of variances to choose from and it’s very quick and easy to stitch up.

There is a sleeve hack on Taree’s blog to make the sleeves shorter. Otherwise you can make them mid or long length. You can also add another layer to the dress to make it maxi length.

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