Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Sewing Project: Dress #3

Here's my latest sewing project. I bought yards and yard of this fabric for something like 75 cents a yard at a garage sale a few years ago. It's sat on a shelf in the travel trailer that we used to live in for quite some time. My mom discovered it the other day and washed it and gave it back to me and two nights ago I decided to try something new(ish...): sewing without a pattern.

As a knitter/crocheter I'm pretty awful at following patterns. So I guess it's not surprising that I'm already going pattern-less with sewing. Here is the final result (take 1):

But when I tried it on with the sweater I'd be wearing it with I wasn't pleased... the ties were much too bulky...

So I quickly ripped them out and tied it behind the neck... And it was much more comfortable (and the ties stay in place!).

And with my little white sweater! If I keep averaging one dress a week I'm going to have to start a dress shop!


  1. Um, yes...yes, you will have to start a dress shop. I'll buy. :-)

    VERY CUTE. VERY IMPRESSIVE that you can a.) do it without a pattern and b.) "rip the straps off" and fix it the way you did.

    Nice job!

  2. That is a really cute dress. I think it has a totally retro look to it.

  3. I wish I lived near you so I could show you how to drape. Draping is basically patternless sewing. And I could show you easily how to make shoulder straps that don't end in bows. :) oh well. You did a great job. I hate using patterns too. I have 4 milk crates full of patterns I picked up over the years at Joann's for $1 each. I hate paying full price for patterns too.

    I need to make myself skirts to wear. All the skirts at the store are made with either awful fabric or are too short for my liking. Plus, they always want like $20 for a skirt. I went to Goodwill but could only find polyester.

    Great job. Keep experimenting.

    Check out this site that shows you how to draft your own patterns based on your measurements:
    I like it because you can reuse this basic bodice pattern for any dress you want to make and just attach the style of skirt you want. Since it is for historical reenactment, which means corsets and fitted without ease, you'll want to build in an inch or two to give yourself breathing room.

  4. I love it! You may just have to expand your Etsy shop to include modestly feminine clothes, too!

  5. Wow, you are really doing great! Good job!

  6. nice job on the dress. I like making my own skirt patterns, but dresses intimidate me...

  7. So CUTE!!!! I absolutely love it.

  8. What a lovely dress, I love the skirt - longish full skirts like that are so pretty as well as practical and modest. Did you line it ?

  9. Love it! And I second what Delena said: Yes, you should add clothes to your shop! I would buy! (I honestly need to restock on modest skirts and current ones are getting to small/short and worn out! :p)

  10. Oh, and a question! How did you make that dress? Did you just do a basic A-line, or did you gather it or something? I'd love to figure out how you did that! It looks so wonderful and feminine!

  11. Thanks Everybody! And I just added a "how to" for this dress (it's the latest post!). Here's the link:

    Hopefully it's clear and not too rambling!


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