Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Marigold Goes to Market

Hi!  So excited to be part of today tour for the new Pattern Anthology 8 Days a Week Collection!  Today I'm sharing my version of the Marigold Dress!

And don't forget to scroll to the end to check out what patterns the others bloggers on the tour are sharing today and to get more details on the collection!

I love shirt dresses!  Secretly (ok not so secretly) I'd love to have a wardrobe full of them.  I probably have 15 or 20 patterns (many of the vintage) for various styles of shirt dresses!  In particular I'm in love with vintage styled shirtwaist dresses.  You know the ones with fuller skirts that were the common daily wear of such famous people like Mad Men's Betty Draper.

Yet I never seem to get around to sewing any!  I admit I hate the exercise of measuring and sewing buttons and button holes!  So when the Marigold came up during testing as of the patterns for the 8 days a Week Collection it was perfect!  I HAD to sew this, no choice really!  And I love the results!

The skirt is just full enough (and will be even better when I finally make a bit of a petticoat for it!) But not crazy 50's housewife full. The bodice style makes it not restrictive to wear and the elastic waist makes it super comfy!  Throw on a structured belt and bingo!   Wondering about the fabric? It's a voile from Anna Maria Horner and is super lovely and perfect for this dress!

I'm usually not a long sleeve dress person, but I made the long sleeve version button cuffs and all!  And they weren't nearly as scary as I thought!  Most of the pictures here have the sleeves partially rolled up.  I admit to being a huge fan of mid-length sleeves, and the nice thing about cuffed sleeves like this, you have the room to roll them up when you undo the cuff!  Win-win!

And wondering why the post title?  Why because I took the dress (and my silly expressions and frizzy hair!) to the local farmers market for photos of course!  The first photo was from my first attempt at photographs which ended inside a building to escape the pouring rain!  Ahh the joys of blogging!  It's surprisingly hard to get good photos of oneself when your photographer is either your distracted husband (silly kids!) or a tripod on a table with a timer (Maybe I need to buy a real tripod eh?)

Regardless, I love this dress!

Don't forget to check out these other awesome versions from the collection! 
8 Days a Week Collection is a new collection of women's sewing patterns by Pattern Anthology.  This collection includes:
  1. The Neptune Tee: A casual tee with optional triangle cutouts at the front and back neckline as well as the sleeves.
  2. The Marigold Dress: A button down dress with elastic waist, long or cap sleeve options and even a peplum option.
  3. Go To Knit Pants: 3 styles of knit pants including leggings, straight leg pants and relaxed fit pants options.
  4. McCartney Jacket: A zip up jacket with fun options and lots of style.
Buy now!
8 Days a Week is available for a limited time at a 40%+ discount.

And Check out these other bloggers to see their awesome versions of the patterns!

Pattern Anthology presents: 8 Days a Week Pattern Collection -


  1. Just found your blog through the pattern tour and I love your version of the Marigold! I bought the patterns, but haven't had time to sew any up yet. I have the perfect fabric for this dress though and know I know why I've been saving it! My favorite style of dresses is also the shirt dress. I have only made one, but the buttons went all the way down the front. I'm excited that the Marigold has the same effect of a shirt dress with fewer buttons!


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