One dress, three ways: Date night

Here's the final look featuring the Sonja dress. This time I dressed up, ideally for a date night, like for a fancy dinner or something like that.
I wore my beloved beaded scalloped collar, black high heels and a black vintage bag.
This dress was thought more like an every day, casual piece of clothing, but I think I doesn't look too bad for a more elegant occasion.

So... any thoughts? Did you like this mini series or I fussed too much about this dress? Would you like to see more posts like these, occasionally?

And did you like a look in particular?

One dress, three ways: Quirky

Here's the second look featuring my Sonja dress. I called it "quirky" because the big collar makes it a little unexpected. One of the reasons I liked the design of this pattern is that the high neckline is perfect for detachable collars. This one is made from a pattern by IMakeItYouMakeIt and I love the vintage look it adds to anything you wear it with.

I added a vintage leather clutch, open-toe wedges, put my hair up in a bun and worn a bright lipstick (have I ever told you I'm a lipstick junkie?).
To be honest, this is a look I really love and feel comfortable in, but that would attract too many weird looks for my taste in my small town of 3000 people.

Lipstick: Pupa
Clutch: vintage
Collar: handmade (pattern here
Shoes: Pimkie

One dress, three ways: Casual

Hello everyone!
First of all, let me thank everyone who left a comment under my last post. I'm always overwhelmed by the kindness of the online sewing community and by how much two strangers can relate to each other from two computer screens. I'm a bit behind with replies, but I'll get to it soon, I promise.

Now, let's talk about the dress in question. I recently decided I wanted a simple summer dress in a floral fabric, I wanted it to have a high neckline and naked shoulders. I remembered about the Sonja dress pattern by Salme patterns (available as a free download here) and it seemed perfect for the job.

For such a simple pattern, I knew the fit was crucial. It wasn't easy for me to find the right alterations for this bodice, because after an FBA I still had gaping at the armscye. In the end I used a method similar to this one, drawing a dart at the armscye and pivoting it into the bust dart, but I guess I removed too much fabric from the armscye, since now it pulls slightly and gives me a bit of side boob. Nothing I can't work with anyway, it's not too noticeable nor unconfortable.
As always, I omitted facings and finished neckline and armscyes with bias tape (although that might contribute to the pulling, so maybe it wasn't the best idea).

To make this simple dress more interesting, I installed an exposed zipper in the back, and I love the effect. My original idea was to use a metal zipper, but that would have meant no washing machine, and this dress will be worn too much for the cost of dry cleaning.
This dress made me love pleats! I initially wanted to turn the pleated skirt in a gathered one, but then I went with the original design and really loved it! I definitely won't avoid them anymore.

I'm very happy with this dress, it's exactly what I wanted. And since this dress is very versatile, I decided to play dress up for the blog and wear it in three different ways.

Belt, purse, sandals: Pimkie
Necklace: niandra
This casual look is what I would wear on an everyday basis: glasses, ponytail, huge bag and flat shoes/sandals. 
I also added a skinny belt because I made the bodice less fitted than I usually do, which makes it so much more comfy. I just need to wear a belt if I want to make it look more cinched.

Stay tuned for two more looks in the next few days!

New Patterns available at Salme Patterns

Last week I visited Elisa's shop almost by chance and... what a nice surprise! Many new, beautiful patterns! They are all very coherent with Elisa's previous work: clean, simple lines with trendy details. I couldn't resist and purchased a couple... Which are your favorites?

Cut out shoulder dress - So very in trend!

Peplum skirt

Minna blouse 

Colorblock t-shirt
Gathered top
Yoke blouse
Maija dress for children -
I SO wish this pattern was for adults too!

The woodcutter's daughter

My father took two days of leave from his job, but of course he didn't rest even a little: no, he went and help my cousins chop down some trees. I could see them working from my window, and inbetween fetching them hot beverages and snacks, I cut and sewed a front pleated dress from Salme patterns with this "lumberjack" feel in my head.

I'm very sad to say that I was very underwhelmed by this pattern. I didn't make a muslin for this, I simply followed the measurements on the instructions and so I cut an XL. Sewing taught me that it's not about the size on the label, it's about the measurements, but still it was a little depressing.
When I tried it on the first time I wanted to cry. I had this huge sack on me and I was tempted to just give up.
After a few long breaths, I chopped 8 cms from each side and shortened the torso a good 6 cms and decided I could make it work. I skipped the facings and used self-made bias tape for the neckline, armholes and hem. I also shortened the skirt quite a lot (5 cms or so). I probably should have cut a M for the upper part.

In the end, the dress is wearable, but not so lovable. It makes me feel huge in the chest and the pleats don't look as elegant as I thought they would. I know it was dumb to choose plaid fabric for this design, but it's a pattern I wear a lot and the pleats are subtle, but still noticeable.
If any of you tried this pattern please let me know, I'd love to hear your impressions!

p.s. Have you seen my giveaway yet? And that I now accept sponsors?