fun in the sun(dress) Lavender Stripes

Today we have our first guest of the series, Leanne from Elle Apparel.
If you aren’t already stalking her blog, you need to go immediately and check out her amazing creations.
Like ths:

or this:

and this:

She has great designs and tutorials. So talented.
Take it away, Leanne!


I’m Leanne from Elle Apparel.  I’m so excited to be able to participate in iCandy’s Fun in the Sun{dress} series!  Today I’m showing you my Lavender Striped dress.

I got this gorgeous striped knit in LA at the fabric district.  It was only $2 a pound, so I honestly think the cost of this fabric was a little less than $2.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to use it for, but by the time summer rolled around I was ready for a new sundress!
I’m not really a big fan of using patterns.  But mostly because they intimidate me.  So to make sure that I would get a dress that fit me just right, I simply laid down an existing sleeveless dress I had, pinned it to my fabric, and created my pattern from that.  I outlined each piece of the dress with a 1/2″ s.a.  The original dress was a little more fitted around the bootay, and had a boat neck.  I changed mine to a scoop, and made it fitted at the top, but then had it flare out a little more at the bottom.  Knits aren’t greatest at hiding things, so I didn’t want to feel like the dress was suctioned to my body.
I knew I wanted rouched sleeves, so I took a shirt I had with ruched  sleeves, stretched out the sleeve, and traced it as best I could onto  pattern paper.  To get the ruching effect, I just stretched out some  thin elastic along the middle of the sleeve, and sewed it to the seam  allowance.  
bag: anthropologie, shoes: Enzio Angolini, jewlery: forever 21
And that’s it!  Summer is always more fun in a Sundress.