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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Finished dress and next new sewing project

I finished the dress, it was a very simple pattern to make and did not take long at all to sew. I love the way it turned out and will be adding it to my wardrobe, with some minor changes. For one I made it to short, don't know how that happened, but I guess I miss measured, duh! So, I will be making some side slits and wearing it as a tunic over creamy white leggings, pants or shorts.

It looks fab on  Millie, but she is 5' 7" and a size 2, I pinned the dress on her to give it more definition, but I must say it does look good on me too, I'm just a tad larger than Millie ; )

She's got legs....
And, she is a runway model...
The important thing for me when making this dress was getting the pattern on the fabric placed where I liked it. See the uncut fabric and pattern I used here.

My next project will be this cotton dress. So the challenge here will be to see if I can make it with just 2 yards of fabric. The pattern is actually a full length nightgown. I picked up this fabric at Walmart for $2.00 a yard 100% cotton and was just thinking of making a blouse. So, if I can't turn it into a dress, it will be a blouse.
This is a mail order pattern from Sue Burnett 8458, mailed from San Francisco May 13th 1949, the fabric 100% cotton, dreamy.

Are you working on summer or winter fashions? I know my readers are from all over the world and the climates very from place to place, but summer is my favorite time of year for fashion. The Fall is my favorite for eating the bounty harvest. What is yours?


  1. The dress looks so sweet it makes me want spring here fast!

  2. Wow, that came out, like perfect! I love the fabric, too... Really pretty! Very well done :)

    How have you been?

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Mary. Love your kitty, looks like a sweetie.

  4. Really lovely. I'm working on jewelry, as always. Spring seems like it's going to go citrus this year, so I'm doing lots of yellows and oranges.

  5. I love the dress and I must admit that that mannequin does have a lot of attitude! You must have a great figure too if this tiny dress fits you! I love that Sue Burnett dress.

  6. Your posts continue to inspire me to practice my sewing. Summer is my favorite hands-down. Make this winter end, I want to go back to easy breezy days of sundresses and flip flops.

  7. You had me at flip flops. I don't like wearing shoes, but today O should have worn boots with all the rain, got my socks wet ;)

  8. Great dress. I love the way the print moves diagonally across the midriff. It is not an easy thing working with this scale of print and you did it perfectly. Why not add a band to the hem if you aren't satisfied with the tunic idea? contrasting or idea. talk soon.

    1. Thanks Danielle and thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try with the bottom band and see how I like that, it may work or it may make my legs look chunkier, not sure until I see a visual, but I love the idea. When is a good time to call?

  9. great to talk to you today. Congratulations on your nuptials. Lat's get together soon. I'll call you. Ciao

  10. We're still stuck in winter over here, and summer is still a few months away.

    I like this dress because it reminds me of summer, though. I adore the large floral print.