Hot! The “Day Off” Dress

The Facts:

Fabric: Polka Dot Rayon – Stash
Pattern:  Frankenstein-ed from McCall 6533 (top) and New Look 6872 (bottom)
Year: Now
Notions: Elastic from stash
Time to Complete: 4 hours
First Worn: September 15, 2012
Wear Again: For sure!
Total Price: $0.00!

First things, first. I want to apologize for all our awful pictures lately. It’s soooo obvious I have not been happy in the past months photos. I can see it when I look at them. And the pictures have not turned out well. My husband and I are both overwhelmed. It shows all to well. Sewing has been the easy part, posing for pictures and the hubs taking them have felt more like a chore lately. We need to get back on track with out bending over backwards.

Now on with the dress. I wanted the perfect Summer dress, and have been in search for the right style and comfort. I did find a dress online that I really liked, but it was too short. Luckily for me, I could make it. And I had the perfect polka dotted fabric that I was waiting to use on the perfect Summer dress. I took the top of my favorite jumpsuit pattern and the skirt of my favorite skirt pattern, combined them together with an elastic waist (super easy to make) making it comfortable yet still fashionable. The top piece reminds me of the 40’s and the 80’s combined. I love it! My two favorite fashion decades mixed together minus shoulder pads, equals my perfect Summer dress And in my opinion, Summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st, according to our calendar.

Thankfully I had the 15th off this week. It’s rare I get a Saturday off. On one hand I need to work to bring in $, on the other hand I really needed a day to just be a family with my daughter and husband. I’m telling you, it hardly happens. Husband works full time and goes to school full time, I work part time and am mom/wife full time. Saturdays are a rare gem when all 3 of us get to be together for an entire day. We took full advantage of our day.

It was so hot inland near L.A. 100 degrees that day! So we headed up to Ventura (coastal city 1/2 hour North of Simi Valley) to have a less hot day. 80 degrees in Ventura! I swear that is the hottest temp I have ever experienced on the coast. We ate at a delicious hole in the wall Mexican joint. Family owned, and real Mexican (my favorite) The tacos are the best tacos you will ever eat. The Horchata is the best Horchata you will ever drink. The fruit plate, yes, the fruit plate is the most delicious fruit plate you will have savor. Yet, we never remember the name of this place. Why? Unfortunately, I probably cannot pronounce it and that is why I forget.After lunch we just enjoyed walking up and down Main St.. Didn’t bother going into stores, didn’t need to, or wanted to with a 2 year old. Antique stores and 2 year old’s are not friends. Main St is full of Antique stores. I suppose our main purpose for going was to bear the temps. We also strolled to the pier and watched the Long Board Surf Competition, and played in the water. All in all it was a great day and much needed. One day I hope to have all my Saturdays with my family.



Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. So cute and summer.. It definitely has a vintage feel

  2. Love it!!! well done!

  3. Very pretty and perfect for summer. Let’s keep thinking warm thoughts! Maybe it’ll keep the snow away this year.

  4. Really cute and flattering. So great to hear of a day that can reset your hearts and minds during this difficult time. Here in Michigan we’re enjoying highs in the 60s and 70s. It’s glorious weather that is hinting at autumn…and I can’t wait.

  5. The dress is adorable and by the last photo you look lighter and happier. These are the times that test us, that make us grateful for the “good” times : ) I don’t want to sound all schlocky here, and you know that I’m in your corner pulling for you! You WILL get through this, you WILL have more Saturday’s with your family and we’ll get to see more and more of your smile : )

  6. I adore this dress. It looks very comfortable and easy to wear, but it also creates a look really cute and pulled together. Kudos girl!

  7. Such a gorgeous dress, perfect for summer.

  8. Yay for a day off, and for you looking happier, and for your darling dress! Here’s hoping there is lots more of all three!

  9. Love the term Frankensteined, I’ll have to adopt that one. Your dress turned out a treat I love how you broke it up with the belt and it’s white! not too many people can pull that off. :)

  10. Cute dress.. and eeeeeeeeeeeeeeh 100 degrees.Terrible.We have been having those temps too.awful..

  11. That’s our favorite jumper pattern! Adding a skirt to that top is a great idea. I love the dress. Black dots on white is so classic. Great styling too. Hope you have more good weekends with family.