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Sleeveless scrappy Karri dress

A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I am so excited to finally share with you my sleeveless scrap Karri dress!! This project has been in various stages of completion since before Christmas, and it was making me crazy that i wasn’t finished yet. My original plan was for this to be my Christmas dress, you know the nice dress you wear to go to Christmas things. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I can’t lie to you, I honestly don’t enjoy taking my time on a sewing project, i like to get it done (preferably 2 minutes ago) and then wear it. Sewing a little bit here and a little bit there over a period of weeks is not my thing, and I found it really frustrating. But at the end of the day, that’s just how it worked out with with my free time over the last two months, so such is life!

A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Side note: please ignore the wrinkles in these images (they are literally all i can look at, grrrr) but despite all the ironing I did beforehand, sitting in a car on the way to take photos was enough to wrinkle the whole thing up again. Honestly, wrinkles make me so mad. I think i spend a lot of our lookbook photoshoots for new patterns stressing about whether there are any wrinkles anywhere hehe. I blame my dad AKA the obsessive ironer, for turning me into an obsessive ironer. Ps. I love you dad.

A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I also spent wayyyy too much time fussing about whether i should leave the sleeves off or not. I’m really happy that i did leave them off for this version – it’s quite a busy dress and i think adding sleeves could have tipped it over the edge a bit. My original goal for this dress was to make it entirely from my stash of Liberty scraps. I hoard them as if each scrap has some intrinsic monetary value, and I will somehow waste them by throwing them out, and I imagined that since each pattern was gorgeous on it’s own that they of course would be amazing together. That sadly was not the case. They really clashed, and i was worried i would take all my beautiful pieces of fabric and make a crazy dress that screamed handmade in a bad way. You know? SO. What I decided to do was focus on one Liberty print (the one i had the most leftover pieces of) and then pick out some colours from it for the other panels of the dress. My initial instinct was to use pinks and purples, but it was looking too sweet and juvenile, so i decided to focus on the blue and grey in the print. I really like how this tamed the colour story.

A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I really love how this dress turned out, despite the long timeline on completion. But i think at the end of the day when you are trying to mix prints effectively, it really pays to take time and plan it out well. If i had finished it in a day like a wanted to, it might have ended up a pale pink and lavendar cupcake disaster i never would have worn. I know that there is some sort of maturity/patience lesson in there for me… but I think I’m still firmly in the “finish it yesterday” camp LOL.

A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
A sleeveless version of the Megan Nielsen Karri dress pattern // made from fabric scraps // Read the whole post on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

By the way incase you missed it, don’t forget to check out my tutorial for how to fully line a sleeveless dress with no handsewing. If you’re looking to make your own Karri you can find the pattern in store here.

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Liliana
5 years ago

It’s beautiful! I love the fabrics you chose, they look perfect together!

Tammy
5 years ago

It looks great despite your unnecessary worries about any wrinkles. One of the reasons I sew from your patterns that they are stylish and quick to sew. It’s gratifying to whip up something and wear it the next day.

Tammy
5 years ago

Obviously I’m in too much of a rush to proofread my response ?also.

Lynsey Welch
Lynsey Welch
5 years ago

Gorgeous dress, the colours work so well together and it’s great to use up some of the leftovers from previous projects.

flagiuzio
5 years ago

LOVE this dress!
The fact that is made from scraps only makes it better!!