Hot! The Sassy Secretary

Fabric: Blue linen and light blue bed sheet (lining) from stash
Pattern:  A Marion Martin mail order pattern from the New York Meet-Up
Year: ???
Notions: blue zipper, thread
Time to complete: 10 hours
First worn: March 18, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: $0

Friends, I LOVE this dress, but to be 100% honest, I did not love it until after the 8th hour of working on it. I was disgusted with the pleats, the fit was all over the place, and the linen was picking up every bit of thread that had been thrown away in the last three months.  I was highly annoyed … and then I attached the collar.

Once I made the little bow and stepped back to look at the effect, I was blinded by love.  It took several more fittings before I felt like the dress was flattering to my figure, but in looking back, it was worth it.

This pattern did not include a great many directions in regards to the pleats, which gave me a headache first.  I finally realized that it was nearly the same method as installing a vent in a pencil skirt.  Once I got over that mind block, I was home free.


I picked this blue linen because there was enough fabric to cut out all the pieces of the pattern.  At the time, that seemed like the most important thing.  As I started the preliminary fittings, I thought perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that I had had enough fabric because the color just worked perfectly.  I’ve been wanting to add more color into my work wardrobe, and this works perfectly!  While I hate that linen wrinkles so incredibly easy and manages to act as a lint attractor for any nearby surface, I love the look of this dress when it is neatly pressed.  The pleats!  I cursed you pleats, during hour 4, but you showed me that you were worth it. Please forgive me.

This is going to sound corny, but this is probably my favorite zipper job EVER. It is straight, neatly tucked away under the fabric, and the bits that show through match perfectly. I may or may not have had a glass of wine to celebrate the victory over the zipper.


I would say that this is my favorite dress yet this year.  The color, the cut, and the style of the whole piece makes me giddy!  But I can’t get too excited – I don’t want to wrinkle myself.

After seeing all the lovely dresses that the wonderful contributors are posting, I think I may need to try watching Mad Men at last :)

Thanks for stopping by, friends!



Meg the Grand

Megan Grandstaff was thrown into the sewing world in 2005. Ever since that fateful day, she has been eager to increase her skills and reduce her (quite large) fabric stash.


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  1. What a wonderful blue dress, love that adorable collar and great job getting that fit!

  2. Very pretty Meg, I agree with you, this has to be YOUR dress of the year. I love the collar and the great fit.

  3. I agree, best ever. Wonderful fit – I salute you! And hey it’s another dress to wear with your famous shoulder pad hat!

  4. Really works well and the colour is just right on you.

  5. Meg you look amazing!!!! This dress is doing all kinds of wonderful for you. Definately my fave! … and oh what a fab zipper. well done to you lady.

  6. I love this dress! The color looks great on you and that collar is adorable!

  7. Well done! I love that feeling of pushing on through a frustrating project and then coming out the other side. No wonder you are madly in love with this dress!

  8. This dress is amazing! Fit and colour are so right for you. And the neckline and the pleats are just adorable, too. And even sewn from stash. What not to love?! You did a great job!

  9. I SO feel your linen pain : ) But in the end it’s worth it and this is a beautiful dress, congratulations! I’m also really liking that collar and can see how it makes the whole dress fabulous.

  10. This is so cute! I love everything about it – color, shape, love it. It looks really similar to this ModCloth dress I’ve seen floating around Pinterest: Great job!!

  11. Hey Meg, I would love to make this dress for myself. The color is gorgeous on you and it just looks beautiful on you.

  12. Love the fit and the style. You did a great job with those pleats and the collar detail is very flattering. I agree with Miss crayola, you wear that color well.

  13. Eye catching and beautiful! You look stunning-love the color-and the fit is perfect. Great job!

  14. You are a BOMBSHELL Meg! This is gorgeous, you look amazing in that blue!

  15. Hey! I contributed that pattern (it was one or two sizes too big for me)! YES, GO ME! I freakin love this. You look splendid and the construction looks immaculate in the photos.

  16. fantastic job on this–turned out just perfectly. Well done!

  17. You look absolutely stunning, and a superb fit. I’m with Nettie, bombshell too boot. Well done clever lady.

  18. Your dress is much more inspiring than the pattern illustration. You wear the colour well & the details really make the dress :)

  19. Meg it’s my favourite too..

  20. This is gorgeous, I love that colour blue, it sums up Mad Men to me and the fit is fantastic.

  21. You nailed the fit on this dress. And the richness of that blue is so appealing. Be very proud of your efforts here, as I know you are….this dress is a keeper!

  22. Such a great color on you Meg. Fabulous dress!

  23. Beautiful dress! I love the vibrant blue! And the bow is a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.!!!