June 1 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

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Sewn by Yoshimi, Yoshimi the Flying Squirrel

Every day this month we’ll share one of our favorite pieces of clothing, providing detail about the pattern and design so you can easily move from inspiration to sewing your own favorite new piece of clothing! Learn more about Yoshimi’s amazing dress on her blog. Yoshimi also shared some pattern details with us here:

Pattern: KWIK SEW 3489 (jersey dress)

Material: rayon jersey with polyurethane blend

Pattern Alteration Note: One simple but major dramatic alteration had been applied on the hem. The hemline, which was originally rounded, was straightened flat to achieve the more urbane look (as the print of this fabric looked quite inorganic and I thought the rounded hem wouldn’t go well with the print).

Fabric Note: I recommend very soft fabrics for better results, but I warn anybody to be sure of the size at the same time. The product could be very large even though one has read the sizing chart correctly. I guess that the combination of a soft stretchy jersey + smaller size on this pattern would give a very good result, after my experience.


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1–Enter the Make It, Wear It! Challenge

Enter a photo of clothing you make this June in our Make It, Wear It! Challenge photo pool or in this thread in the Forum. You might win a SINGER sewing machine or a subscription to Ottobre.

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Comment in any post this month to be entered into a weekly drawing for great prizes from SINGER and Sew,Mama,Sew!

See this post for details about all the great prizes this month!

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158 Responses to June 1 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

  1. Jen in KS says:

    So maybe this month I’ll put together that peasant blouse I’ve been wanting for a couple years. The fabric is read and embroidered.

  2. Rebecca says:

    This dress is AMAZING!

  3. Michele says:


  4. katevet says:

    It is lovely, though it looks like it fits skinny ones 🙂

  5. Joke says:

    That dress is sooooo nice! Makes me want to find a dress to twirl 🙂

  6. PeachRainbow says:

    I hope I can try!

  7. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    Great challenge! And wonderful dress!

  8. Sarah says:

    Very cute! Great photo, too!

  9. Sheetal says:

    love the dress! I wonder how I should start making my first ‘make it wear it’? …if I should go attend a class first or just get a pattern and jump into the deep end of the pool all alone!!! yikes!

  10. Suzie says:

    Great dress! I have always been wary of sewing with knit fabrics maybe it is time to overcome the fear.

  11. Latrilla says:

    I love wrap dresses and I like the width of the ties. Nice alteration.

  12. jackie says:

    I cant wait to try this

  13. Trish B. says:

    I hope to see lots of dresses… that’s what I’m into sewing now too.

  14. Jen L says:

    Great theme this month – i’m excited

  15. Sarah Z. says:

    I love that dress! It would be great if Sew, Mama, Sew carried more of these fabrics like rayons and knits for fun and comfy clothes.

  16. Toni Coward says:

    clothing sewing – my favourite!

  17. kim says:

    Love that dress! great fabric, great job!

  18. Marcia W. says:

    Good work and fit for the dress. Urbane.

  19. liz says:

    so cute, i love twirling clothes!

  20. Jenny says:

    that fabric is to die for

  21. Jessica says:

    Gorgeous dress, I love the pattern, and glad she altered the hem, looks awesome!

  22. Ana says:

    Love that fabric, and the cheeky lining!

  23. Sarah M says:

    I really hope all Make It, Wear It month is the motivation I need to finally make myself something I’ll actually wear!

  24. Sara says:

    Super cute! I like the contrasting lining.

  25. Ruth says:

    Cute dress! I love the contrast lining.

  26. Tong says:

    Love the dress!

  27. Colette says:

    Lovely fabric and the dress is FANTASTIC!

  28. Bethany says:

    What a great dress! Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Temima says:

    This challenge was made for me! Have decided to put in the time and seriously upgrade my wardrobe. So glad I get to do it along with SMS 🙂

  30. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    I’ve got this beautiful vintage fabric from a thrift shop and I’ve been secretly dreaming on make something for myself (I’m a novice, I only made clothes and other decorating stuff for my kids). Maybe this is just the challenge I need to fulfill this old dream!

  31. Melissa says:

    Beautiful dress!

  32. miktha says:

    I am excited to see what member will make for this challenge!
    This Yoshimi’s dress look so fabulous.. great job.

  33. Lela says:

    June is going to be such a fab month. Can’t wait to see all the sewing ideas.

  34. corinnea says:

    What a wonderful inspiration peice! I’ve just bought some beautiful jersey and am trying to be brave enough to cut into it….

  35. naomig says:

    Cool, I’ve sewn two dresses for myself this year so far, and have four more lined up, I’m loving garment construction!

  36. Amy says:

    Beautiful dress! Great topic too!

  37. Julia says:

    This dress is gorgeous! We’ll see if I have time to make it!!

  38. Rachel says:

    This is just the challenge I need! I haven’t sewn anything for myself in awhile. Thanks for doing this!

  39. Nicole N. says:

    This dress is beautiful! I could live in wrap dresses but I’ve never made one. Maybe this month!

  40. Theresa says:

    Here’s hoping to work through my mountain of fabric this month!

  41. This sounds like it will be such a fun month! Thank you!

  42. little grubs says:

    This is just a great idea – I have not made anything for me wear since I was about 16 so this could just be the kick in the arse I require!!! I’ll be sure to head back over. x

  43. Kelli says:

    Exciting! I hope I find the time to participate!

  44. jess says:

    So excited for this month! I have a whole stash full of things that need to be used!

  45. jenn says:

    very cool fabric!! and cute dress too.

  46. DebbieKL says:

    Fun! I recently got a serger and am looking forward to making myself some clothes!

  47. Lola says:

    This is the perfect opportunity to give me the time to make something for myself. 🙂 I am picturing a lovely dress from a vintage pattern!

  48. Jill B says:

    What a stunning dress. Gorgeous fit and drape.

  49. breanna says:

    hmmm…what to make. thanks for the inspiration

  50. Amber F. says:

    Great dress! I’ve been sewing a long time but have avoided knits. I’m pushing myself to conquer them, which will only happen if I work with them until I’m comfortable. This looks like a good pattern choice to start with. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Hannah says:

    beautiful dress! Maybe time to dust off the sewing machine again

  52. Thanks for the incentive to sew something for myself!

  53. Carole Ann says:

    I’m so excited to learn more about making clothing – I’ve been timid about this and it’s time for me to get over it!

  54. Rachel says:

    Cute! Thanks for the review!!

  55. Brooke says:

    it’s so inspiring to see what others are making!

  56. Rachelle says:

    Love this dress. if I wasn’t 7 months pregnant I might give it a try. Maybe next year.

  57. Erin says:

    This dress is so pretty – love the way it flows

  58. Chris Davis says:

    I’m not brave enough to make a dress yet but I have the pattern pieces cut out for a top. And I want a new skirt too, so…

  59. Betty Rockit says:

    This is such a great idea, I can’t wait to start sewing some clothes!

  60. Laura says:

    Hooray! Just the inspiration I need to sew that skirt I’ve been planning for months!

  61. Ramona says:

    I hardly ever sew clothes for myself but the raincoat pattern from Amy Butler is tempting me.

  62. Katrina H says:

    My two favorite things, jersey and a wrap dress!

  63. rosie says:

    maybe this will give me the push i need to make something for myself!

  64. Rachel says:

    I’ve got a couple items I was gonna make anyways. This should push me to do it! Thanks 🙂

  65. I don’t sew clothes very often, especially for myself. I might have to give it a try.

  66. Ellie says:

    I need a new sewing machine badly! Mine went on the fritz

  67. Sara says:

    I’m really excited to see what this month holds! I’d love to jump into clothing sewing.

  68. jana says:

    I want to sew a dress too!

  69. Arun says:

    I’ll sew anything except clothing because I can never get the size right. Your posts are tempting me back to a pattern…

  70. Trish says:

    Sweet. Totally sweet. The fabric is cute too. Well done! x

  71. Wendy says:

    Looks great!

  72. Christine says:

    I love the dress. Very snazzy!

  73. Very pretty dress. The cut is great and the print is fabulous!

  74. Shawnee says:

    this is an exciting month! especially for those of us with the summer “off”, this gives me a goal. Adorable dress Yoshimi!

  75. sy says:

    i love Yoshimi’s dresses and the fabrics she use, this one is so pretty too 😀

  76. Teresa Peschke says:

    Such a cute dress. I really need to make some clothes for myself. All I ever make are clothes for my kid.

  77. That dress is really pretty – great inspiration :)))

  78. Amy says:

    making clothing for myself scares me. I am always worried it would look handmade and not be well…perfect…lol…I guess I need to get over being like that!

  79. Joy says:

    So Cute!

  80. Andi says:

    I have not yet sewed myself a dress that has fit me properly – this one is beautiful and inspires me to keep on trying! Looking forward to a great month!

  81. Melissa says:

    This will motivate me to sew something for myself for once!

  82. Samina says:

    Thanks for the challenge idea! I’m getting back into sewing after a looong hiatus & this will be just the kickstart I needed!

  83. melissa q says:

    absolutely lovely!

  84. Vida says:

    I started sewing so I could make some clothes for myself and I’ve been too nervous to actually attempt any clothing yet. Hopefully this month’s challenge will be the push I need!

  85. Llamabean says:

    Beautiful, I love the twirling it allows

  86. Rebecca says:

    Love the dress!

  87. Katie says:

    Cute dress. I love knit dresses!

  88. Stephanie says:

    What a great challenge! I really need to make some things for myself so it’s the perfect inspiration!

  89. ~Helena~ says:

    Wow, nice drees.

  90. Kathie says:

    Beautiful dress. Looking forward to a fun month.

  91. AmyP says:

    Love the movement of the dress!

  92. Morgan says:

    I love the fabric!

  93. Clare says:

    This is such a gorgeous dress – I can see me wearing it everywhere! Must track down that pattern. Thanks!

  94. leigh7911 says:

    Y’all would do this in June, when I won’t be able to get in my sewing room much, wouldn’t you?! 😉 Will do my best to play along!

  95. Morgan says:

    That is SO cute! I love the fabric!

  96. Stella says:

    I love this dress, but if I made it I’d have to spin everywhere instead of walking just to show off the lining.

  97. Susanne says:

    I really should do more sewing for myself. Sigh!

  98. Amanda N. says:

    Excellent tip about sizing and stretch of fabric. Thanks! I look forward to more inspiration posts!

  99. Maggie says:

    So cute!

  100. Amy says:

    I love that the lining is also patterned rather than solid

  101. Lis Trueblood says:

    That would be perfect for my daughters! Maybe even myself if I am feeling adventurous.

  102. Bailey says:

    Oh wow! The dress is so pretty, thanks for sharing!

  103. amber says:

    i love this dress. is it possible to sew knits with my regular machine?

  104. alison says:

    I’m really hoping this month inspires me to make some of the garments I’ve had in my head for so long!
    Like Yoshimi’s dress lots.

  105. Sara says:

    Would like to see some skirts and maybe a ruffle shirt!!

  106. elle says:

    This is gonna be a great month!

  107. Brittney says:

    Nice dress.

  108. Jennifer S. says:

    That’s beautiful… my sister would look spectacular in that!

  109. Desiree says:

    she looks great in this dress. its beautiful.

  110. Heidi C says:

    That dress is amazing, I love how the lining peeks through!
    I’m glad Yoshimi gave details about her experience, especially the sizing. Those things are always great to know before starting a new project!

  111. Kelli says:

    I can’t wait to see the items this month. I’ve been on a make-it-for-myself kick too and just finished a shirt last night…does that count??? I’ll upload it this week after I get it washed and ready to wear.

  112. Sade says:

    It’s a lovely dress. I specially like the contrasting fabric peeking out.

  113. Sara says:

    Wraparound dresses are great, they always fit.

  114. Courtney J says:

    So very cute! I may just have to make one!

  115. Susan says:

    I am really inspired by this challenge. I am getting back in the mood of sewing clothes. This is excellent timing for me to get moving! Thanks!!!

  116. anja says:

    very cool dress for the kick-off!

  117. faith says:

    I have just started sewing clothing. I look forward to the inspiration.

  118. DebbieB says:

    Lovely dress. I love wrap style dresses but this one might be out of my league.

  119. Susan S says:

    Wow, I love the flow of the skirt!

  120. Ginger says:

    Cute dress!

  121. Miss Prickly says:

    Beautiful dress, but I’m dying to know about the shoes! Where can I get those shoes?!!!

  122. Liz says:

    Now that is super cute!

  123. Leisel says:

    Oh, I am so excited for this month!

  124. Christina says:

    Beautiful job, and as someone looking to start sewing knits I appreciate the tip!

  125. Christina says:

    This is gorgeous! I definitely need to start sewing clothes!

  126. Sarah says:

    I love sewing clothes for myself although haven’t done as much lately as I’d like too! I’m in dire need of some new dresses, skirts and tops though to get me through the next few months of my pregnancy! Time to hit the fabric shops and pattern books I think! I love the Kwik Sew dress shown… I wonder if it would be a good post pregnancy dress?!? 🙂

  127. I really want to find the time to make myself a dress!! this one’s beautiful.

  128. Candace says:

    This is going to be such a fun month!

  129. Elizabeth says:

    I’m wondering how much of a smaller size you should use if you are using a stretch jersey for this dress? Not quite sure how to make a change like that…. Thanks for the inspiration though!

  130. Amy Hodge says:

    I love Yoshimi’s blog! This dress is adorable — I just did a muslin for my first knit dress. It was super easy but I do wish the Vogue pattern I used had a little more info on seam and edge finishes for knits. Some of them weren’t finished at all, which I think looks pretty tacky.

  131. Catarina says:

    love it.

  132. Mary says:

    That’s a gorgeous dress! Might have to try it!

  133. Aparna Mulgund says:

    I love the dress. Now I want to learn to sew clothes too.

  134. qsogirl says:

    I really appreciate all the notes about using this pattern. I have had trouble in the past with too-large garments from patterns cut to a size selected according to my measurements. Thanks!

  135. Unity says:

    The dress looks beautiful!

  136. Jean says:

    what an awesome dress!!

  137. Erin says:

    I am super excited about this month at SMS! What a great kick off. I cannot wait to start sewing my own clothes.

  138. Caroline says:

    Cute! I will have to pull out my fabric bin and stitch something up!

  139. 4vs1 says:

    Looks like a comfy dress! 🙂

  140. Corvus says:

    Lovely dress! I sew clothing more than anything else (I just blogged a skirt, and now I’m working on… well, I haven’t decided. Either a hand-embroidered “Ocean” dress, turning a men’s dress shirt into a dress, a few knit tops, or… we’ll see). I’m excited for this month!

  141. knittytrissy says:

    Love love love it!!!

  142. mrs.jp says:

    beautiful dress and truly inspirational. Last year I made a skirt when we did this but it didn’t turn out very good so I think I’m going to re-purpose that fabric.

  143. Mama Lusco says:

    Great dress! I love jersey knits – so comfy!

  144. Allison says:

    what a great challenge, I’m all in!

  145. Latrilla says:

    I am getting back into sewing, being away from it for so long. I always sewn clothes when I was in high school and loved it. This challenge will motivate me to sew more often.

  146. Kate says:

    The dress is beautiful!

  147. Valerie says:

    I’m really excited about the theme this month. I love sewing clothing! I need pattern ideas!!

  148. melissa p. says:

    i have wanted a wrap dress for SO long! i just bought some jersey…now, off to get the pattern! this one is a must!

  149. Claire says:


  150. Kristin says:

    cute dress!

  151. Krystina says:

    Your June theme sounds awesome, I’ve never tried making clothes for myself!

  152. Sonya M says:

    I’m just starting to sew for myself. Self-drafted and copies of some well-fitting clothing is what I’ve done so far, but I’d like to learn how to sew from a pattern.
    Looking forward to this challenge!

  153. Lauren says:

    I am excited to hear about fabric selections people make. I have a really hard time knowing what is the right fabric for a particular pattern- especially since I have to buy my fabric online with no (quality) fabric stores in the area.

  154. Cara says:

    Clothes making is my big challenge when sewing, so this should be great.

  155. Jennifer says:

    I love this challenge! I’m excited to get sewing! The more that I can learn, the better my clothes will turn out.

  156. Becky says:


  157. bleuvanille says:

    I love the dress flattering shape. I’m just starting to sew clothes and the challenge is definitely inspiring!

  158. Katie says:

    I am so excited for this challenge!! I love to sew clothes so I am anxious to learn new tips!

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