March 26, 2014

I was one of the lucky ladies to try out the Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline for the blog tour of her new pattern.  It has been so fun to watch Caroline’s blog progress over the last few months as she has released her first pattern and fabric line.  I couldn’t be more excited for her success.

When I saw the Out and About Dress pattern I immediately remembered that I had this similar dress pinned on my inspiration board from Curator so I decided to go ahead and try to make my own version.

I did make a few changes to make the dress more like my inspiration.  I lowered the back neckline by about 4 inches into a dip.  I just thought it was a little bit more youthful feeling.  I also chose an in-between length for the skirt – more midcalf – instead of maxi or knee length.  I omitted the band at the bottom of the sleeve and added about 10 inches to both the front and back skirt panels for more gathering and width.

The fabric is my favorite bamboo knit from Mood fabrics in NYC.  I have used this fabric for so many projects.  It has a gorgeous drape and weight to it and washes up really well without pilling.  I’m a big fan.

I love my Out and About Dress.  It’s so versatile and easy to wear.  Every version that I have seen has been so different and specific to the sewers taste.  After seeing Adventures in Dressmaking’s gray version I want to sew one just like it for everyday wear.  If you want to see all of the other Out and About Dresses on the blog tour then check out these links:

Adventures in Dressmaking
Four Square Walls
Alida Makes
Paisley Roots
Lexie Made
Sewing Like Mad
A Golden Afternoon
House of Pinero

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  • Reply Gail March 26, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Just lovely! The changes you made make this feel much more feminine and a little bit dressy to me!

  • Reply Frances March 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    This is gorgeous. The colour, the length, it’s all perfect!

  • Reply lisa g. March 26, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    i love how you scooped out the back neckline! beautiful dress.

  • Reply kristi March 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    I also have this dress on a pinterest board. I’ve been debating between modifying the Skater Dress pattern and this one. You’re is just perfect.

  • Reply Sarah March 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    i know this dress is so simple but you look amazing in this dress. i’m sure you’ll get lots of wear out of it 🙂

  • Reply Anna March 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    really stunning Kelli! Just beautiful!

  • Reply Kelly D. March 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Lovely! Simple dresses like this are so great to just have around. Thanks for the knit recommendation! I’ve been looking around at knits to make some basic tees and it’s a bit overwhelming…

  • Reply Suzanne March 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I like your change to the back neckline a lot. The bodice is very flattering on you and great color!

  • Reply CandaceClay March 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Oh this is so beautiful! Did you add pockets or are they part of the pattern?

    • Reply Kelli Ward March 27, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      the pockets come with the pattern. Although if they weren’t i would have added them 🙂

  • Reply sophie March 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    one of my favorite versions of this dress! love love the length: this is how I wanted to make it for myself. love the neckline !

  • Reply Fabric Tragic March 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Lovely. I’m such a fan of navy lately!

  • Reply JessZ March 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    LOVE!! Great fabric and modifications! I had this exact dress that I purchased years ago from Target, but I had a roommate who would sneak into my room and “borrow” my clothes. It was one of my favorite staples, but it was also one of the few items that never made it’s way back into my closet. 🙁 Thanks for reminding me that I can tweak this and make it myself…in multiple colors! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Kelli Ward March 27, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      I had a similar roommate in college and lost quite a few items that way too. Yes, you should make this staple in multiple colors!

  • Reply gingermakes March 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    This looks so great on you! I love the back neckline scoop! I like that length on you, too.

  • Reply Jennifer Wiese March 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Pretty an comfy looking. I love it!

  • Reply Anonymous March 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Such a versatile dress! if you are interested in similar upcoming sewing blogs and projects check out:

  • Reply Amy March 31, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Beautiful color and a great pattern on you!

  • Reply Brogan Sommerville April 3, 2014 at 4:50 AM

    really love this dress! I like the way you lowered the back neckline, it definitely adds a more modern feel to the dress. The style looks amazing on you xoxo

  • Reply Elena Rosa Brown April 5, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Oh. My. This dress looks so comfortable and I love the adaptations you made – especially the scoop back. One for my ‘wish list’ for sure x

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    I love the simple swish of this dress.

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