Thursday, May 16, 2013

My First Grown Up Dress

I wore a skirt to my own wedding. It was a beautiful day. I was surrounded by the people I love. I wouldn't change a thing. Except maybe I would wear a dress.

It occurred to me while making this dress for Project Sewn, that I am 29 years old and I haven't owned a dress at any point in my adult life. Is that normal?

I felt incredibly awkward when I first put it on. Especially in the red heels that I borrowed from my sister (by the way Marie, I borrowed your shoes). I almost thought about not entering this week. That was until I saw the pictures. 

I am not sure if it is the fact that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the entire world, or the fact that my husband is an amazing photographer, but I love these pictures. They make me feel like a princess in a fairy tale. 

All of my fears from last week completely vanished. I couldn't wait to post these pictures.

I used a jersey knit from Walmart. I know some of you are cringing, but I gotta respect the budget. 

The bodice started out as a ready to wear copy cat. I made the pattern using the pin and cardboard method. Then I changed everything at the last minute and raised the neckline changed the armholes, and removed the twist detail so that I could add the ruched waist band. 

I used elastic thread in the bobbin and sewed a straight vertical line every inch and a half.  Making the waistband was easy. Attaching it was not. The ends kept curling up. I had to resew the darn thing on twice. The skirt is pretty basic. just some gathering at the waistline.

I've been looking at everyone else's work for this week. There is some tough competition but I hope that you will consider voting for me starting Friday.


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  2. The shirring is a lovely detail!

  3. Great job, and I love the vertical shirring idea. I'm going to have to try that!

  4. Girl...I love the photos too!! You need to make a dozen more dresses! I'm def voting for you. Also, my post tonight will be featuring some $1 per yard Wal mart special! It's the brown with green circles...the point is...your fabric looks soft and nice. Who cares how much you spend as long as your dress ends up like THAT!!?

  5. Never tried shirring like that - thanks for the idea! oh, and the shape and color are very flattering - great job!

  6. Will definitely have to try the vertical shirring... really adds some interest! And I think you should keep those shoes!

    1. I just asked my sister if I could keep them last night and she said yes. Unfortunately neither of us are very good at walking in them!

  7. Those are some very dreamy pictures :) I like how you also are keeping it real <3 You look lovely!

  8. Great color on you! Nice job on the dress, and the pics are very pretty!

  9. I love the color, and the shoes! Another great entry.

  10. Conngratulations on your first dress! What a beautiful fairyland you live in!

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