Sunday, May 20, 2012

My first real "garment"

Am I ready for Project Runway or what?

Well, not so much. : ) But I am proud of myself for making a complete dress all by myself. I did do a dress for myself last summer--and for my baby here to check out the post.

Those were made using a sort of pre-made ruched fabric that I had bought at the fabric store. Which was great for starting out.

So, I decided I would try a dress from just a plain old piece of fabric. I used a tutorial from Sew, Cook, Laugh and Live. I love Jos's sewing patterns and tutorials. They are perfect for an intermediate like me! Click here to go to the tutorial.

I started with this fabric. It was on the red tag shelf, so it was a good buy. I bought 2.5 yards of it.

Basically, the dress is two rectangles sewn together at the sides.

You then hem the bottom and make a casing for elastic at the top.

I decided to add some straps in a halter style. I could have left it strapless or added straps that go across (but I would have had to measure and sew them precisely). I like the halter look. I would look nice for a night on the town or when I wore it to school, I wore a black cardi over my shoulders.

Here is the dress finished on me...

Jos does point out that with this style, a belt is key for providing some shape. Like so...

It was a big hit the one day I wore it to work. I didn't get a chance to snap a pic of myself all styled up, so I'll do that the next time I wear it. 

Between this and the dress form I inherited from my sister, my husband claims I am ready for Project jersey sewing skills are not nearly up to par for that.

And I don't have nearly enough drama about myself for that, either. But I do have a cool new dress!

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andie jaye said...

very cute! i love those blue sundresses! that other fabric you used is darling..sort of peacockish (my fave bird)! congrats to you for making this! will you link it on tuesday?

Heather Kaluf said...

Love how your dress looks! Wonderful JOB!

blissfulsewing said...

This is awesome,you have great talent!