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Selfish Sewing Week Featured Blogger: Sew Charleston

By Sew Charleston

Abbey is the face behind Sew Charleston, where she blogs the garments she sews against a charming Southern backdrop.

Selfish Sewing Week Featured Blogger: Sew Charleston |

Sewing for myself, sewing with knits, and Art Gallery fabrics….those are 3 of my favorite things! Thanks to Indiesew, Art Gallery, and Selfish Sewing week for allowing my 3 favorite things to come together to bring you my new color-blocked Marianne dress! 

The Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes made by Sew Charleston |

I have always loved Art Gallery fabrics, but ever since they started offering knits I find myself stalking their website way too frequently for new releases. During one of my stalking sessions, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across their new solid knits. I find a lot of solids boring and therefore tend to gravitate towards sewing with prints, so when I find a pretty solid I jump on the chance to use it! I have also been dreaming of the perfect solid combo to sew up a Marianne dress ever since the pattern was released.

Christine Hayne's Marianne Dress Pattern |

The color inspiration for my dress actually came from the cover of the Victory Patterns Hazel dress. I own the pattern and that color combo has always stuck in my head as one I wanted to recreate, if I could ever find the perfect fabrics. The Art Gallery solids I chose are so similar, except used in reverse. For the bottom part and sleeve of my dress I chose Peachy Custard. The yoke and cuff are Amaranth.

Sew Charleston's Marianne Dress Creation|

What sold me on this dress from the get-go was the cuff and buttons. I really think the cuff takes this dress to a whole other level. I just love it! I knew I would be wearing this dress with my navy blue flats for work or dressing it up with these gold flats, so I decided on these gold buttons to match either look. I love navy, coral, and gold together!

The Marianne Dress Pattern |

This was my first time sewing one of Christine Haynes’ patterns and I’m very happy with the quality of the pattern and the detail of the instructions. I chose a size 4 for the bodice and graded out to a size 6 through the waist and hips. I made no changes to the pattern or construction and the fit is spot on! The Marianne dress was such a quick and easy make that I was able to finish it in one evening after work. I figured that pretty cuff would take a little bit of extra work, but it couldn’t have been easier. In my opinion it was way easier than hemming or adding a wrist band and it looks so professional! I would highly recommend this pattern for a beginner!

The Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes for Selfish Sewing Week |

I am loving all the inspiration I am getting from seeing your projects this Selfish Sewing Week. I have a Thread Theory Camas Blouse and Natalie Top by Liola Patterns  all cut out and ready to be selfishly sewn this week. Can’t wait to share them with you! Thanks again to Indiesew for hosting, Imagine Gnats for creating Selfish Sewing Week, and Art Gallery Fabrics for graciously providing me with the beautiful fabric to make my dress. Selfish Sewing Week is super amazing! 

Indiesew provided me with a pattern of my choosing to participate in this blog post as part of Selfish Sewing Week. All my opinions are of course my own. 

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