Seamwork Neenah dress

As soon as Seamwork mag released the Neenah dress I knew I had to make it. It really is the perfect fall staple. I was just waiting to come across the perfect print, and that’s when I eyed this beauty from fabric.com. And for my little plug: I am a subscriber to Seamwork mag which is an amazing deal for only $6 per month! You get 2 patterns (every issue comes out with 2 new patterns). It’s not difficult at all to praise this online sewing magazine. And now you can use the 2 credits per month towards Colette’s patterns! More good news for new subscribers? If you use my code you get half off your first month, :). Just click here. I have been a subscriber for about a year now and do not plan to cancel anytime soon. Colette and Seamwork are some of my favorite patterns, :).

Since I started teaching and going to graduate school 2/3 time I haven’t had much time to sit down and sew but I finally had some free time this weekend. I think it took longer to print and put together the pattern PDF than the actual dress, ;0. But now that I have all of the pattern pieces traced and cut out all future Neenahs will take much less time, :).

I wasn’t sure if I would have enough fabric for the cowl neck version of Neenah since I had only purchased 2 yards and the pattern recommends 3 yards for the medium but I did! My fabric was 62″ wide which made it work.

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The actual construction was fairly easy and straight forward. I used my serger to put all the seams together, love my serger, :). For once I didn’t have to make a single adjustment, this as straight out of the pattern. I found another winner! I think I’ll try a tunic length one next time.

And of course I have pics of me wearing this beauty, so many complements already! So easy to love this dress, :). I think the cowl neck is just perfect.

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So Sew Easy Cowl Neck Sleeveless Top

So excited about this shirt! This is a pattern by So Sew Easy available here which can be purchased through Craftsy for $5.95 and she also has a free video tutorial on her site too.

I had some leftover fabric I purchased from fabric.com for another Pneuma tank and really wanted to make a work shirt out of it. The front and back pieces were just a little too big for my leftover fabric so I cut them in half and voila, enough fabric!


The instructions are great and this sews up quick, I didn’t even read the instructions for most of the construction due to its simplicity. I opted to not add the back facing or shoulder facings and instead just did narrow hems so had I had more fabric this would have only been 2 pieces. I also hemmed the rough edge of the cowl. Other than using 1/2″ seams for the sides I made no adjustments to the size 4 (blue line) I cut out other than the 1″ I took off the bottom of each piece.


As seen above you can see the stitch lines of where I separated the top and bottom sections. In the original pattern this isn’t necessary as long as you purchased enough fabric.

I neatened up my seems using a stretch overcast stitch and rolling the hems in twice accept for the cowl neck, just rolled that hem in once. I put in about a 1″ hem on the bottom, I didn’t measure it so not 100% on that one.

Overall super easy and love it! I made it using a cotton/polyester lightweight jersey blend.

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