Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Given a Chance, This Will Be Your Favorite Dress Ever!

There's a lot of dress patterns out there, we know.  But this pattern has been topping all of our sewing queues.  Maybe because it flies off your sewing machine in a few hours, giving you instant gratification.  Maybe because its details look deceivingly tricky when it's really a cinch.  Or maybe it's because this dress looks absolutely fabulous on every body type, and it's a real life saver in this heat!

If you haven't guessed by now, we're talking about the Given a Chance Dress by Decades Everyday!

We're already big fans of Decades of Style, an indie pattern company that calls Berkeley its home, like us.  And our sister blog, FabricLady, has posted about Decades Everyday, a micro-line of patterns from Decades of Style, when Suzan showed us her super cute ESP dress.  Given a Chance is the second pattern from Decades Everyday, and it's been a major hit.




All of us on staff have been wearing our Given a Chance dresses constantly this summer.  It's great to wear loose fitting clothing in this heat, but we don't necessarily want to sacrifice style for comfort!  Given a Chance is the best of both worlds.  It looks great belted if you want a more waist-defining look, but it also looks amazing unbelted, which is perfect for hot summer weather.


Here's Lauren, Mary Jane, and Claire wearing Given a Chance dresses made out of double gauze, which lends itself beautifully to this pattern.  The breezy fabric makes for a great summer frock.


Quilting weight cotton is also great for this pattern, and Claire used our food prints to make an amazing watermelon dress!


All those novelty prints you've been eyeing?  This is the perfect pattern!  Above, Liz shows us how well suited this dress is for large scale prints.


More cotton Given a Chance dresses—Cathy on the bottom left and Isabel on the right.  On the top left is a customer who made hers into a top using a t-shirt for the main fabric and a woven for the yoke.


You can also use knits for both the main and the yoke.  It's designed for wovens, but Terry McClintock, one of our teachers, used a stable ponte knit for the yoke, and it looks great!


And of course, other wovens besides cotton are fair game.  Lauren (left) used a rayon challis for the main fabric for a more drapey look.  Janet (right) used a textured cotton, showing how nice this dress looks when you use the same fabric for both the main and the yoke.


Here's another Given a Chance in a more subdued color palette.  Our customer Renee added piping between the main and the yoke and added a layered effect on the hem.


Another customer, Tiffani, shows us how awesome this dress looks when converted into a top!  She also got creative with a border print eyelet, and we love it!


Border prints also work well with the dress version if it's a larger scale.  We definitely recommend reading one of the latest FabricLady blogs, which gives some hints and ideas for working with border prints.

You can see that the possibilities are endless!  Being so easy to customize, this pattern can fit into anyone's style.  Here's some ideas for more Given a Chances just to show how flexible this tried and true pattern can be.



Now it's your turn!  If you wear a Given a Chance made from our fabrics into the store, we'll take your picture and give you a FREE Decades of Style pattern of your choice!  We'll wrap up this promotion on September 16, when we'll be having a Given a Chance party in the store!  You'll get to meet the pattern designer and other Bay Area sewists, and we're going to take a picture of everyone in their Given a Chance dresses or tops!  So mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 16 at 12pm, and wear your Given a Chance too!

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