Sewing on another scale

I have been sewing children’s clothing for three years now. Although I absolutely love it, I am always a bit jealous of the adorable dresses that I make for Penelope. It was always a goal of mine to sew adult sized clothing and amp up my own wardrobe with super cute handmade dresses but I was always so intimidated to start. I recently decided to just go forth and take the plunge! I made myself a Christmas dress and the experience was a hot mess. The sizing was completely off and I had to take it in which made some weird seam issues….I could go on and on about how awful it was, but why don’t you just go ahead and take a look….154753_10151569386495278_756996026_n

So, it was at least wearable, but I knew I could pull out something better. That’s where today’s dress comes in to play. I was determined to make something retro and cute that would fit me nicely. It took several re-draftings of the pattern to give a snug, but comfortable fit and I had to practice box pleating on a scrap piece of fabric…not to mantion the small math lesson given to me by a friend to make sure I allotted enough fabric pleats to fit the bodice, but I think it came out rather successful!

pointed collar and box pleat skirt

pointed collar and box pleat skirt

Thanks to my little model for helping me make these photos extra cute!

Thanks to my little model for helping me make these photos extra cute!


side shot!

side shot!

I chose a fun flag pattern in navy/aqua/turquoise and tomato and paired it with a tomato red collar (yes,of course it has a collar, I can’t help myself), belt and trim. It’s super loud and bright- both of which I adore! It makes me feel as if I’m ready to prance around at a carnival with a funnel cake and a large lemonade in my hand while viewing the adorable baby piglets in their stalls.

Taking a curtsy for a job well done

Taking a curtsy for a job well done

I have now caught the adult sized dress making bug! I’m already planning my next try at it….and I just finished this one an hour ago!

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4 Comments

  1. Traci says:

    That is amazing! The fit and proportions are spot on. You look fabulous, and so does the dress. : ) (Watch out Modcloth!)

  2. Dad says:

    Your dresses just keep getting better and better! Love Dad

  3. kate says:

    love it! great work! and I totally know the feeling of re-do! thankfully, with sewing, you can – even if it kind of sucks! heh heh! again, love the dress! :-) p.s. great running into you at crafty wonderland!

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