A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2339, DYT Type One
A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2339, DYT Type One

Hi everyone! I won’t keep you long…just a quick hello and a few pics of my Summer Flip Flops Dress. Yep, this was one of my to-do items, and I managed to get ‘er done well before the end of summer. Virtual high fives all round!

Okay, this is a Simplicity 2339 make, this time with design tweaks at the collar and the front facing. After whipping up two Negroni shirts {still to be blogged} a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted a similar collar and front facing on my own shirt {dresses}. I find the flat, or convertible collar, both speedy to sew and tidy to look at. And what’s not to love about that? And….kinda, sorta to prove the point…if only to myself….I sewed a second shirt dress like snap…it’s an a-line version and I’ll show it to you soon. Seriously…now that I’ve got my dream shirt dress pattern, there’s no stopping me. At least until fall…then I’ll most likely be all about stitching crazy and colourful coats. Stay tuned!

By the way, last night I misjudged the light… hence the over-exposure on some of these pics….it ended up being not so much the golden hour as much as the orange hour. I tell ya, when we take these blog photos…and by we, I mean me flailing around in front of the lens contributing plenty of dialogue…Gimme bokeh! Closer! Farther! Is dis right? Is dat right?…and the mister impatiently snapping away behind the lens….something invariably goes a little sideways. Really…it’s often our own little Comedy of Errors {which coincidentally we saw just last weekend at Bard on the Beach. Brilliant, that was!}

And finally! The 40+ Blogger Meet-Up is a-happening this week! I’m really super excited to meet the many bloggers attending! Seems I’ll be doing my best to dispel some rumours too….Melanie has painted a colourful picture of me over at Bag and a Beret, and Suzanne has me talking like a sailor. Arghhh and Ahoy Mateys…amirite Suzanne!

My other Simplicity 2339 makes:

Blooms and Blue Gingham
My 99 Pink Balloons Dress


  • Reply Cherie July 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Love your dress, and noticed my fav collar right away! What a great job you did on that!

  • Reply Flo July 20, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Cute dress, I love fun, summery prints like that! I hear you on finding a favorite pattern, I used to have one for shorts that I literally wore out, I couldn't even tell you how many pairs I made from it.

  • Reply Connie July 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Oh! You look so cool…in both senses of the word. Have fun at the blogger party and toss a few expletives around for me!

  • Reply Shybiker July 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Very cute dress. I'm looking forward to meeting you in Vancouver!

  • Reply Chiara T. July 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    That dress is so cute!!! I not only like the fabric but also the fit!

  • Reply Sheila July 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Ooh, will we be seeing this dress on Friday or Saturday? I will expect you to be the epitome of femininity, Sue, and swear like a proper lady, tee hee.

  • Reply MIS PAPELICOS -Mis P July 21, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I donΒ΄t like flip flop in real life, funny shoes, hahahha, but i love them in print.
    You always wear the most beautiful dresses.
    Such an artist, dear Sue.
    I wish I could join you in the blogger meet up, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Dream on

  • Reply Curtise July 21, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Another fantastic dress, Sue, colourful, a fun print, and sewn to perfection!
    Enjoy the big meet-up! xxx

  • Reply Melanie July 21, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I love your flip-flop print, Sue, and the dress design looks fantastic on you. Yes, flip-flops just in time for this hot weather. Whew! Cooler temps tomorrow I think.
    Oh dear, everyone expects you to swear at the meetup now. You better practise!

  • Reply oona balloona July 21, 2015 at 5:18 am

    biebs, you sure look purty. and i think team colorful captured golden hour perfectly πŸ˜‰

  • Reply barbarajanemade.com July 21, 2015 at 5:32 am

    That fabric! impossible to resist, and the light looks glorious.

  • Reply Judi Pinkham July 21, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Yes a definite virtual high five…the cutest dress ever!!!

  • Reply Siri Andersen July 21, 2015 at 6:27 am

    What fun fabric πŸ˜€ And the dress is really nice! I still haven't got the hang of a good fitting shirt dress, but yours is so inspiring I will have another go!

  • Reply Coco July 21, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Darling dress, great fabric. And I love your hair!

  • Reply Carley Lee July 21, 2015 at 6:52 am

    You sure do know how to choose a great print, Sue! Absolutely love it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ever Rose July 21, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Adorable dress – love reading about your sewing projects. You pick awesome prints and great patterns!

  • Reply Michelle July 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

    LOVE IT! I really want to find my own perfect shirt dress pattern. I just started with the popular McCall's 6696. I've made a few adjustments, but I'm not sure I'm there yet.

  • Reply Annie Case Hanks July 21, 2015 at 9:24 am

    You are rocking this dress! Love the Bieber reference…. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Dana Bishop July 21, 2015 at 9:48 am

    You look so great in the dress! Workmanship superb as always~

  • Reply dan July 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I am in love with A line dresses, so I am eagerly waiting to see yours! In the meantime I enjoy this Flip Flops one, which is delightful! And I am wondering if your passion for sewing is catching, since…I have just made a huge bag for the beach! And with a small rug!! For more details, more details on my post…if you like!

  • Reply Ruth Procter July 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

    It's such a fun dress! That print is perfect for summer, and a good shirt dress will always be a winner. The comedy of errors during blog photo taking sounds familiar! Your photos are always lovely though!

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion July 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I know all about the photographing bit haha. Been there, done that, got in a fight.
    The dress is cute, or should I say, the fabric is cute and you have sewn it well. Of course you have, you are a master at sewing. With the right skirt length. It is just that with all those colourful dresses and the similar patterns, they start to look a bit alike. how about a solid colour next time? Or polka dots? Or stripes?
    See you in a couple of days. With jetlag.

  • Reply idaaidasewing July 21, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Shirtdreses for ever, you can never have enough of those.

  • Reply mary July 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Your blog makes me want to live in Canada! You are very inspirational.

  • Reply Heather Gibson July 21, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Such a lovely, summery dress! I love how your makes are always so cheerful! PS: My husband and I are always a comedy of errors when taking blog photos. LOL

  • Reply Anne July 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Lovely. An easier way to wear flip flops!

  • Reply Anne July 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Lovely. An easier way to wear flip flops!

  • Reply Margo B July 28, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Oh how pretty! These pictures are beautiful sue!

  • Reply jess July 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    That's such cool print!

  • Reply The Style Crone July 29, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Beautiful dress Sue, as always! I've been following you and the wonderful bloggers as you have the most marvelous time at the meet-up! So much fun and talent in Vancouver!

  • Reply Tiffany S. August 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    So cute! I'm so happy I'm stumbled across your blog today!

  • Reply Carolyn August 11, 2015 at 5:27 am

    This is really cute! How adorable is that flip flop fabric?! although I have to confess to you that in my country we call those things “thongs”. Yes, truly; and yes, I also remember the looks of shock and horror when our family used the word during the time we lived in America! Imagine a little kiddie in the park yelling, “I'm just going to go and put on my thongs now!”

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