I actually made this Ellie and Mac Women’s Tulip Dress sewing pattern last fall for a girl’s trip to San Diego. Normally, tight fitting dresses are not in my rotation of outfits. However, I thought I would try the Tulip Dress, as it has side ruching.
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The ruching helps distract from any imperfections (spanx help too, lol). It came together fairly quickly. I figured the dress would take quite a bit of time to sew, however, I made it in less than hour. The Tulip Dress sewing pattern comes with several options: Short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve and it also comes in tunic or dress length. I chose the 3/4 length and dress length. You may find the Ellie and Mac Tulip Dress sewing pattern here.
Although, I may look tall in this picture (skin tone shoes are supposed to make you appear taller, did it work?). I am super short, I am only 5’0″ tall, so I did shorten the dress just a little. At first, I was a little concerned I had shortened the dress a little too much. When I finished the dress one early morning, I tried it on and asked my husband if it was too short. Let’s just say, the dress was quickly on the floor. LOL!! I am not sure if I actually ever received an answer to that question.
The back of the Ellie and Mac Women’s Tulip Dress sewing pattern has a back seam to give a better fit.. I could have paired up the floral fabric a bit better. I will work on that next time. You may remember this fabric from my DIBY Marjorie Dress I made. One of my favorite dresses! If you have been a follower of my blog, you may have noticed, I have lost quite a bit of weight and unfortunately the Marjorie dress is now too big for me and I am swimming it. It is okay, I have more of this fabric from Sincerely Rylee Fabrics! I loved it so much, I believe I bought 10 yards of the fabric. You may also remember my Ellie and Mac Women’s Leggings I made with this fabric as well. They are worn A LOT!!
The hubby and I are leaving for a cruise soon and I was trying to decide what to pack. I made this Tulip Dress for the fall, with the darker colors and the 3/4 length sleeves. What do you think, could I wear it on a cruise or should I try fit in time to make a new one in short sleeves and summery fabric before we leave?