6/01/2018

Summer Dressalong Metamorphic Dress Day ONE





Hello Friends!


I'm so glad you're here. It doesn't matter if you're experienced at sewing clothing or a fresh, brand new, motivated NEWBIE! Let's do this together and have fun. If you have ANY questions, please contact me and I'll get back to you ASAP.

*If you're shy you can email me too- my contact info is on the "about me" page on this blog. OR message me on IG here.

Printed Metamorphic dress patterns are available in my Etsy shop here for a limited time so you can shop and get going.


There are also kits available from several online shops including Stone Mountain & Daughter in California.


This is my Pug Tori with my daughter Ruby. They will be assisting this sew along, as will my daughter Mia (she's the film & photography crew person).  


Feel free to post on social media and use the hashtag #summerdressalong so we can see your makes! Want to join the Facebook group? Here's a link. 



Pin this post for future reference. Once all posts for the month are complete I will build a separate page you can link to whenever you need.   :)




This is a SAFE SPACE to learn, ask questions, comment, and support one another.  Let's get sewing.



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This is Meg. This is Meg's photo. These are also Meg's dresses.
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The Metamorphic Dress is a wardrobe-building dress for all seasons. Featuring a high/low waist seam and complete reversibility, it's inspired by the possibility of layers - wear it with the tiered skirt and patch pockets, or flip it inside out and enjoy a basic, single-layer pinafore with in-seam pockets. Layer it over jeans, leggings, or a mid-length Stasia Dress, or layer it under your favorite woven tee or knitted cardigan. Wear it on the beach over your swimsuit or favorite short-sleeve, fitted knit tee. The fit is easy, with no bodice darts and plenty of room for the waist. (It is drafted for a D-cup and below.)




Choosing your size

USE YOUR UPPER BUST MEASUREMENT-- the space right above the boobies for the best fit.




Fitting: The Metamorphic Dress is designed to fit loosely through the bodice with large armhole openings, and has no darts – think of it as a jumper or a pinafore intended for layering. The front bodice is shorter than the back bodice, which gives the waist a unique high-low line. 




It is drafted for a D cup and below. However my Artist friend Jen said she's an H cup and it worked for her. So there!

There are no closures.  Whoop whoop!





Cream under dress shown here.





Fabric Talk

It is important to choose fabric, at least for the Under Layer, that is reversible. The wrong side of the fabric will show as the longer layer of the skirt when the dress is worn with the layered side out.



Suggested Fabrics: silk noil, silk crepe, rayon, viscose, linen, linen rayon blends, tencel, chambray, cotton ikat, and perhaps lawn, or voile.


This pattern is intended for wovens that drape, so nothing too structured. The cotton fabrics will lend a more structured look, so go for it if that's your jam, but be warned.

I love mine in a linen over-dress and rayon under-dress pictured above. 



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crepe works wonderfully



Stonemountain and Daughter have kits put together for your sewing ease, complete with sandwashed rayon and a printed pattern! Get the Metamorphic Kit here.  








I especially love sewing with silk noil. It's not slippery like the name sounds, but more of a slubbed cotton texture that is easy to sew. They stock a ton of colors: 




This is only a screen shot of a few.




WASH and DRY  fabrics as you intend to launder them in the future (maybe do it twice if it's linen or cotton-y).


Samsung 4.2 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in White, ENERGY STAR




Press fabric so it's flat with no wrinkles- a very important step in order to cut pieces out correctly. 


Oliso Pro Smart Iron


While all the above is being done, get the pattern ready.

*If you have a printed pattern press it lightly so all creases are out.



PDF pattern print out:


  1. Download and save the file to your computer (do not just click "open"). I've done this and it didn't work, so be sure to "download" first.
  2. Select the correct file- Print at Home OR Copy Shop if you're having it printed at Staples or something. There is also a file containing the instructions for sewing your pattern. 
  3. Use a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader --a free download to open the file you want to print.
  4. MOST IMPORTANTLY----Print a test page of the PDF on Letter or A4 paper, selecting “100%” or “no scaling” on your PDF printer settings. 




Trace your size with a highlighter on the pattern, then cut out. Or use Swedish tracing paper to preserve your pattern forever. Read this if you need help.

My friend Rae has a beautiful tutorial that will guide you also.


How to trace a pattern






First, find the grain of your fabric. I really love this post by the Collette Blog that explains this. You will want to be sure and lay the pattern onto the fabric with the grainlines (arrows) parallel with the selvage.


Place pattern pieces onto fabric as shown in pattern layout, with weights or objects that will hold the paper down on fabric so no sliding occurs. 

These pattern weights are handy:




Cut out garment pieces from prepared fabric and transfer all markings.



All pieces with the layout diagram are referenced on pages 5 & 6 in the pattern.





*I rec cutting out with pinking shears if you don't have a serger. It helps prevent fraying. 

Find the zig - zag stitch setting on your machine as well (if not serging/overlocking).

You do not NEED a serger to make garments. It does speed things up, and if you'll want to sew more clothing in the future it's worth investigating. But you don't NEED one.  I went three years before I bought one.


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RST = right sides together
SA = seam allowance
WST = wrong sides together

RS = right side
WS = wrong side


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Step 1:
Finish the following edges with a serger, zigzag or tricot stitch.

• Side and top edges of each skirt piece
• Side and bottom edges of each bodice piece
• Around entire in-seam pockets


I zig zag and then also use pinking shears on the edges.

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Step 2:  Make the patch pockets.

Cut the template out 5.5" w x 5.75 h  -- I used card stock paper.




Fold top edge of (fabric) pocket down 1/4" and press.




Place onto fabric so 1/4" SA (seam allowance) is all around the template on three sides. Fold top of pocket down again, over the template and press. Slip template out and stitch this folded top. (Fig 9 in pattern.)






Fold up bottom corners creating a diagonal, press. Fold up bottom raw edge to miter corners and press. Press in raw side edges and press. 











Pin to top skirt according to placement markings and sew to secure. Sew a small triangle in each corner for extra strength. 























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Step 3: Side Seam Pockets

These pockets attach to the under skirt.


Raw edges are finished (serged / pinked / zig zagged ).



Attach at markings indicated, RST.    






Flip pocket over so you are looking at the right side of pocket and understitch---which means stitching the SA to the skirt fabric-indicated by the dotted line in diagram on right side. 










Solid colored fabric can be confusing when trying to find the "right side"-- so really look at it and mark the right sides of all pieces before sewing anything. I use an erasable pen and draw an x.





I use these:






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Great job! We'll pick up next Friday with the next few steps. This was a lot to take in today, so go at your own pace. It's not a race and nobody gets a trophy for being first done. LOL!


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Speaking of trophies......


We have fabulous prizes ready! 


We will be drawing them randomly throughout the dress-along so be sure to use the # on social media so we can find you.  

#summerdressalong


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Are you ready to go to day two? Click here.








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Meg in her wonderful creamy silk noil Metamorphic and hand knit sweater.  Meg's photographers include her children. :D



Many thanks to our lovely sponsors:






A ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to Sew News!





A fabulous prize bundle including Art Gallery denim fabric, a spool of thread, and a package of sharps needles! 





A fat quarter bundle via C&S!










A complete Fiskars set of a rotary cutter, scissors, and cutting mat!








A Minikins Pattern Bundle! Value of $80!






Key Fob giveaway #communityovercompetition  + custom set valued at over $60  See her Etsy shop here.













Gift certificate to Trina's sewing pattern shop - oh and she has amazing zipper pulls for your bags! 






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A full year of membership!













PDF pattern bundle of any five patterns








Huge thanks to Rebecca at @hugsarefun for designing our logo!






Don't forget- I'll be popping on the Facebook Group most likely daily to answer any questions. Link here. 





UPDATE: Giveaway closed.
Winners for a free paper pattern are:


Franzisca, Lisa Lisa, and Sarah!










Happy Sewing!
XOXO

91 comments:

  1. Sounds exciting and fun! I hope I have time to join!

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    1. Congrats Sarah you won a free paper pattern from Meg! Please send me your contact info with mailing address to hungryhippie(at)live(dot)com . :D

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  2. What a wonderful post! I have had this on my to-do-list for awhile now. This is just the push I needed. I have never done a sew-along... looking forward to this.

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  3. Thanks for taking on the large task of helping newbies like me see my first dress!

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  4. What a great sew-along! Can’t wait to join in.

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  5. So fun! I think I'm going to jump in!

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  6. Every time I see pics posted of this dress, I love it even more. I hope to be able to make it. I need sewing confidence.

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  7. I've had my eye on the Metamorphic dress but I have been unsure if I could pull it off (sewing it and/or wearing it). I'm just going for it now! Thanks for doing this sew-a-long.

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    1. Awesome Emilee!! So glad you're sewing with us!

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  8. You are an exceptionally cool person to put this together! I can’t follow along right now but I’m saving this for the future once I get my sewing area set up! Thank you!

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  9. Ooo I really want to get into garment sewing so this might be my chance!

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  10. I want to try this...love this dress. I'm sure I need the printed pattern, lol. With fabrics, are the silky ones slippery? Do you have to use the knit needle on your sewing machine? I think I need to start with stiffer.

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    1. Hi Kerri-- a linen would be perfect to start with. A regular needle will work fine, (80).. Silky fabrics usually are slippery, not a good starting out fabric if you've not done this in a while (or ever). You can do it! <3

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  11. Sounds like lots of fun! Lovely dress! Hopefully I'll be able to join in! :)

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  12. Oh I can not wait to get started!!! I LOVE Meg's patterns!!!
    And a chance to win...how fun!
    stacey.kokot@telus.net

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  13. Love love love that dress pattern...! Cool to be able to wear it so many ways !

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  14. Katheryn OsborneJune 1, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Left my name off on last comment :) Love that dress !!!

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  15. I had a goal of making this dress this summer, but felt overwhelmed!! This is perfect!!! I love the creative uses of this dress. Can’t wait!
    Quick question: what fabric is the most breathable for summer? I love the look of the silk, but feel cotton would be better for summer?

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  16. This dress is great - exactly what I need as a staple to add to a new summer wardrobe

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  17. I have the pattern and have been sloooowly looking around for fabrics I like. My hunt is getting a bit more intense now!

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  18. This is such great timing! I have had fabric for one layer of the Metamorphic dress for a while and finally just settled on my other fabric. It’s in transit to me now and I can’t wait to get sewing once it arrives.

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    1. YAY so awesome Teri! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I'm new to dressmaking and super excited to learn with this sewalong. :)

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  20. Excited to get started as soon as my supplies arrive! Thanks for the encouraging post!

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  21. So excited! I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile but as a newer clothing sewist, I was a little nervous to try it out. I think this is just the extra encouragement I need to give it a try! Email is hello (at) michellebartholomew (dot) com

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  22. This is awesome! Thank you so much for the sewalong. I’ve admired Meg’s patterns for their comfort and versatility and the Metamorphic dress has been on my radar. I’d love to build a wardrobe full of arenite pants, metamorphic dresses, and matcha tops! Please contact me at roxanne.v.cook@gmail.com if I get selected!.

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  23. Really excited to tackle this with everyone!! Thanks for the assistance

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  24. I think I may have to join this sewalong. I love the dress and have been wanting to get back into sewing. I love Meg's patterns and would be happy to win a few of them! thericebergs@gmail.com

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  25. I love this dress and have been wanting to make one for a long time. Problem is, I have other commitments that will keep me from being able to work on this for at least a month. Should I still join and follow if I won't be able to work on it yet?

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  26. I am new to sewing in general and have been putting off jumping in. No more excuses! Thanks for doing this! Email is spangleramelia@gmail.com

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  27. I love this dress and am going to make one for my 14 year old!

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  28. Natalie! I'm so excited to finally be making this dress! And I appreciate this sewalong SO much! Thank you!

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    1. Congrats Lisa you won a free paper pattern from Meg! Send me your contact information with mailing address to hungryhippie(at)live(dot)com :D

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    2. I'm so excited!! Thank you! I'll send my info asap!!

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  29. I'm so excited to find a sew along so I can't finally learn to make my own clothing! Thank you for doing this!

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  30. I have loved this dress since it first came out, but felt like I couldn't sew it without some hand holding, so this is perfect! My email is levi_mandi@sbcglobal.net

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  31. I'm so excited to participate in this sew along! The metamorphic dress one of my favorites!!

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  32. I sewalong is just what I need!! Can’t wait!! My email is kararocketshoes@hotmail.com

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  33. I have the pattern at the ready and fabric that has been waiting for 15 years for a special project. I'm so happy to have found this sew-along! email freyabrehaut@gmail.com

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  34. I randomly came across the metamorphic dress last night, and was so excited to see this post today!

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  35. I’m so excited about this! It will be just the motivation I need to make this beautiful dress. I love how versatile and practical all of Meg’s patterns are!

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  36. I already have the pattern and am ready to choose fabric. This is wonderful timing for me as this has been in the queue for several months! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    (Not sure if I can link correctly. I'm 20catshoes on IG.)

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  37. I just discovered this pattern yesterday through a memademay post on instagram and have been drooling over it all day. While trying to figure out if I have enough of any two fabrics to make one, and therefore whether to buy the pattern, i stumbled upon this sew-along. so excited, because now i can see how it goes together and will know if I can somehow piece togther the underdress or not!

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  38. I've been wanting to start making my own clothes and I think this is the perfect way to start! Can't wait! :) I have always been nervous to start on my own. Thanks for making a comfortable place to begin!

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  39. As soon as Meg's IG post popped up, I dove into my stash to see if I could use what I already have...completely forgetting that I don't yet own the pattern! Gotta love it when inspiration strikes so hard you forget important logistics :-) I don't know why I haven't gotten my hands on it yet - this dress looks like the perfect outfit for a SoCal summer!

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    1. Yes get the pattern- I use the PDF! :D It's fast!

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  40. I haven't sewed in so long and I bought the dress pattern and haven't started it. I'm so good I found this group for motivation! Thank you!

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  41. I am new to garment sewing and dresses are high on my list for summer. This sew along will be a great way to get started!

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  42. What perfect timing! This will be the first pattern I attempt at home and it’s also the pattern that finally tipped me over the edge down the sewing rabbit hole. ������ thank you for the tutorial!!

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  43. This is fun! I've recently sewn the Stasia dress from Meg's pattern and I'm really happy with it. And I've been eyeing the metamorphic dress as the next pattern I'd love to try.

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  44. I’ve been wanting to make this dress, this sew a long is the nudge I needed to get going. Thanks ladies!!
    @jmkdearmin on IG

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  46. I can't wait to sew-along! This came along at the perfect time. There are some fantastic prizes here - thanks for the chance to win :)

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  47. My name is Stephanie and google won't let me post for some reason so I'm posting anon.

    My IG: stephanieasicat

    Really looking forward to learning to sew while making this dress! Thank you so much for putting so much work into this tutorial! I've been wanting to sew my own clothes but didn't know how to get started! Here we go! Good luck to everyone :)

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    1. I'm SO glad you persisted and posted this comment Stephanie. I think a LOT of people feel this way (not sure how to start).... Thank you for being here with us! It's going to be awesome. XO

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  48. I'm really excited to try this! Just ordered my fabric!

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    1. Whoop there it is!!! Now stand by the door, tapping your foot until the mailman/lady arrives..... Or is that just me? LOL! So glad you're joining in Valerie!

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  49. I've been wanting to make this dress for a while and this sew along is a perfect time to get started.

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    1. FUR SURE! Super glad you decided to jump in! :D

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  50. Woohoo! Can’t wait to make both of these awesome dresses!

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  51. I've had the metamorphic dress in my pattern pile for a while now but have been afraid to try my hand at sewing it. I have only successfully made one knit dress before, so I'm excited to try this out! IG: frannie.haynes

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  52. I’ve wanted to make Metamorphic since I first saw it. Thanks for all the tips!

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  53. It is a wonderful idea, I LOVE Meg's dress :-)

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    1. Me too! And I love Meg! LOL Glad you found us!

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  54. I would love to attempt this pattern, it's gorgeous!

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    1. Just do it Sarah! Like Nike said! We're here to help. XO

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  55. I have a huge fabric stash and great intentions for sewing my own clothes... this is a great way to kickstart that plan!

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  56. I just bought this pattern and want to sew it for the summer. So glad to have this sewalong to help me out.

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  57. What a great event. And just the kick in the pants to get my sewing room ready to roll afyer our move.

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  58. So fun! I'm not sure I can participate this month - but I'll definitely pin so I can come back and get all the tips when I'm ready!!

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  59. What a fab idea! It’s so great to get some virtual hand holding. I want to start making my own clothes and it would be so great to have a community to ask questions to x

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  60. I am so excited to take part in this Sewalong! I have a family trip to Italy this summer and think that a reversible dress is genius for traveling! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  61. I love Meg and all her designs. Wearing my Metamorphic as I type this!

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  62. Waiting for my fabric. Fun to sew with the group.

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  63. This is my first dress. I am so excited! Thanks for all your help, Natalie!

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  64. I'm excited for this sewalong! I already have my pattern and fabric--just needed the courage to begin. Thank you for the hand-holding and fun!

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  65. I fell in love with the Metamorphic Dress immediately! I'm looking forward to sew it. :-)

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    1. You won a free pattern from Meg! Please send me your contact information with mailing address at hungryhippie(at)live(dot)com :D Congrats!

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    2. What a nice start to the week :-D thanks a lot!!

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  66. This would be cool to win, as I don't have the pattern yet. Thanks for hosting, it's very motivating, I hope to have something I'll actually wear 😀

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  67. I don’t know if my first comment posted so I apologize if this is double! I cannot wait to sew this and I’ve already fallen I love with all of her other patterns!

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  68. Oh! This is so perfect! I bought the pattern a few months ago and it’s been sitting waiting for me.. and now i have no excuse.. so totally helps to have a group dressallong! Thankyou so much! :D

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  69. I don’t see my first comment so I’m posting again. I’m Lisa Cone and on IG as InspiredAdornments.

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I appreciate every comment, thanks so much for taking the time. It means A LOT to me. :)