I’ve been invited to many LulaRoe parties, but never had the slightest interest in attending. Why would I spend precious fabric money on poorly constructed clothing in strange prints when I could make my own? Plus, as I usually (politely) explained to the hostesses, the every popular “Carly” dress and endless variants just wasn’t my style.
Honestly, I assumed the lack of shape and hemline wouldn’t flatter my short muscular legs and small chest, and that a dress wouldn’t be practical wear for my daily life chasing littles. I was happy to stick with t-shirts and leggings for my #momiform, and save my “free time” for sewing.
Until the other day, when I ran into a neighbor, a mom of three just like myself. She was heading out the door to a BBQ, obviously stressed out by the effort of herding all three little ones into the car, but she looked incredibly chic in her Carly dress, sandals and statement necklace. I looked down at my cut offs and t shirt, and thought…maybe, just maybe, I should give the Carly a try. A DIY-Carly, that is.
After putting the kids to bed, I scrounged up what was left of my energy (some days it isn’t much!) and grabbed two of my TNT patterns: The Greenstyle Centerfield Raglan and the Greenstyle Scarlet Swing Dress (that was my first pattern test! See my blog post here), and got hacking (read to the end for a special discount code on these patterns!)
I traced out the smallest size in each, and then aligned the Centerfield with the Scarlet at the bottom of the armscye, following the side seam of the Scarlet and using the shoulder seams and sleeves from the Centerfield (for a more thorough explanation, see my full tutorial on the Greenstyle blog).
I also widened the neckline for nursing, taking about 3″ off the “low neck” option, and lengthening the neckband to accommodate this change (this was done during construction).
To my surprise, I was able to get the whole thing out of a single yard, making this project one of my most economical. (I don’t know what a Carly costs, but I imagine it isn’t $7).
After I tried it on for the first time, I was amazed- at how comfortable and cute I felt! Just for fun, I threw on a necklace and some fancy sandals, just like my neighborly muse, and voila! Instant style- even at 3PM on a Monday afternoon.
I even decided that I loved the fabric- a sumptuously soft brushed poly from a Pretty Posh Prints Scrap Pack, that I had initially set aside because it was too close to my natural skin tone. Since I’ve gotten a nice tan this summer (thank you beach vacations!), it no longer matches me exactly, so you can tell me apart from the dress.
I’ve got plans for many more of these, and can’t wait to dress them up with leggings (self made, of course, from the Lucy leggings pattern) and some cute boots. Speaking of which, I could use a new pair of knee-high leather boots- which I can totally justify, given what I saved on fabric/Carly dresses, right?
Want to give this a try? Join me for a LIVE SEW on Wednesday, August 16th at 3PM EST. There will be a chance to win a pattern prize! Greenstyle is also offering 25% off one or both of these awesome patterns with the code “centerfieldswing”- valid for 24 hours ONLY! So grab your patterns (Scarlet here and Centerfield here), mark your calendar, and spread the word!
EDIT: Find the live video on my blog HERE!
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