Hat Break…Which means I made a dress!

For those of you who have been with this blog for awhile you may remember my first sewing experience…..I’m not even going to post a link because that attempt was horrible.  Since then I’ve done little projects slowly getting the hang of  the ‘machine’ and finally we have a treaty of sorts between us.  It tries not to eat my fabric/I try not to throw it out the window.

Since my next hat (chocolate chip cookie) has a while before it’s due I took the week off to rest.  It didn’t work out so well.  Within a day I was itching to do something creative and going bonkers tearing through my craft room.  For some reason I though ‘Why not make a dress attempt’.

I’m very very very picky with the style of dress I like.  I want a retro feel but certain color blocking and shape blah blah blah I’m just really picky.  While searching through the Simplicity site I stumbled upon pattern 6966.  I had looked at it a few times when searching for vintage inspired patterns but always blew it off.  BUT NOW! With my savvy new view on making fabric work after making a spring collection I can see more options.  On the pattern it shows everything in one fabric but I love it when it has that drindle feel to it.   So I went ahead and bought a yard of solid blue to use for the bodice breaking up the checkers.   After playing around with fabric and adding 2 extra skirt panels I ended up with this beauty!

I pinned a little off so I have this weird bump on my belly by the skirt but I’m getting a big white belt that I think is going to make this dress so much better.

It came out way better than I was expecting.  My sewing machine worked great and the only screw up I had was the bodice but it doesn’t matter because of the belt.  Even the hem came out great.  I mean it has it’s flaws but I’m a not a great sewer on the machine.  There’s a few more patterns I’m planning to buy and play with and hopefully I’ll get the courage to make a steampunk dress with one of their patterns.

And before anyone asks NO I’m not going to start making dresses!  I’ll make it for you as a friend but it’s a lot of work and I have a whole new appreciation for people who make dresses.  Cost alone was $50 for the pattern, fabric, and little things.  That’s with my fabric on clearance!  I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of these posts since my sewing machine fear is dwindling.  I’m kinda wanting to go get another pattern right now…..but I’m going to try and take a break because I know I’ll regret it later.

Till next time here’s a few patterns I’m wanting to make.  Which should I do next?

Mad Men Dress

Steampunk Dress

Cynthia Rowley Dress

Cynthia Rowley Skirt


5 thoughts on “Hat Break…Which means I made a dress!

  1. Sassy T says:

    Lovely dress and congrats. Definitely MadMen., and I didn’t even have to look at the rest. Its been a MadMen crazy few months in the sewing blogosphere.

  2. Sassy T says:

    Damn it keeps linking to my deleted wordpress account when it has been deleted. It should be sassytsews.blogspot.com

  3. Carol Ann Singleton says:

    I think you should do the Madmen dress. This style seems to fit you nicely and looks good on you. I make dresses and mens button down shirts and Civil War Dresses. It is alot of work but so rewarding! Have fun with your sewing projects!

  4. smullis says:

    The madmen dress is a good basic pattern with easy lines. Make sure you pin the pattern front to back and check where the waistline and hip line hit you. Make adjustments before you cut the fabric. Frankly I would probably make one from cheap fabric first. Fitted dresses are reasonably simple to make but look sloppy if the pattern is “taller” than you are. Great job on the blue.

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