If you sew, you know that September is National Sewing Month - for me, probably the most inspirational month of the year! My personal schedule has become so hectic over the past few years that it's very hard to find time to sew. However, during September, I always manage to squeak out a few garments.

House of Pinheiro is hosting this month's #sewphotohop on Instagram and I've been trying to follow along as faithfully as possible. It's awesome to connect with other talented women (and men!) who love to sew as much as I do. Here is an overview of the daily photo challenge:

So, in a fit of inspired creative energy, I plopped down last weekend and set to work on Simplicity 1104. This is a perfect dress for spring and summer. Pair it with a jacket and pair of boots and it's perfect for fall and winter, too!!

This wins the award for the easiest, most drama-free sewing project I've ever undertaken. It came together beautifully from cutting out the pattern pieces to adding the finishing touches. Good for me - maybe not so good for blogging... the disasters make for much better stories!

I chose a graphic scuba knit for this project and it proved to be the perfect fabric for this garment, especially considering the alterations that I made.

Because I was using the heavy knit, I eliminated the lining and the zipper. Or, maybe I did that because I'm just lazy... Either way, it worked out great!

There's always a downside, though, right? Despite the ease of the process, my personal measurements were WAY off. Despite taking it all in a few inches on either side, the finished garment is still too big. Not bad enough to scrap. Thank goodness.

The best part about finishing this project was having just enough fabric to make a rockin' pair of leggings, too. I have NEVER made pants, but these came out beautifully!! I didn't have them ready in time to take photos, so I'll catch you up on those later.

By the way, my oldest son was sweet enough to take these photos for me - and he did a pretty good job!! There were a lot of distractions to contend with...


Life with boys... gotta love it!