Monday, June 27

I made something.

I'm always making something, but not usually for myself ;) I managed to make myself a dress, and it only took three evenings! I used to try and get it all done in one night, and then forget about it if it took longer than that, but with my new-improved and organized sewing skills I can actually take my time and stick with something until it's finished, finally!
The pattern I used was this:

Now, be prepared for the worst dress photos you've ever seen (meaning, I only have this tiny mirror and poor light, I like the dress!):

I love the back detail, that part is cut from an OLD flannel shirt of my dad's. I was wearing that shirt the very first time I 'seriously' painted when I was like 7 or 8. Ever since then, it was my art shirt. It was hard to find two places large enough that didn't have paint on them (yes, even on the back.)

The rest of the dress is cut from some cotton fabric my grandma gave me a few years ago. It's not what was recommended by the pattern, so it doesn't drape like it 'should' but I'm really indifferent to that and want to make another one a little more drape-y anyway. It's fully lined so it can be made out of pretty much anything, even if it's a little see-through. I was thinking a bright sari fabric would be divine.

And, most importantly, it has pockets!! Although, they are REALLY low, I can hardly keep my hands in them, that model in the picture is considerably taller than me (duh).

I love, love all the little pleats in various places. I hand pleated and basted each one before sewing it up. 

It's pretty much the most comfortable thing I own now. It's quite a bit less spectacular than the original, but that's too fancy for everyday wear anyway!


  1. I was so scared of them! But I plugged away and they were well worth it! ;D

  2. That is really cute! And the pleats are super amazing. I've never done pleats. Pleats scare the crap out of me. You are seriously make of pure awesome.

  3. I can't believe there was enough left of that shirt to use! Someday I'll tell you a story about that shirt, I love you kid!! Dad


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