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Monday, June 3, 2013

Sewing Project: Sunny Floral Dress (Advance 9209)



I made this dress from a sheet I found at a thrift store last winter. I'm absolutely in love with the print and color scheme and I always planned on making a pretty summer dress with it. Our recent trip to Disneyland provided a perfect excuse for a new dress and I whipped it up in record time (about 3 days). Here I am at the Small World ride. It's very light and comfy and it was perfect for a warm spring day!




Here's the pattern I used. It's been in my collection for quite a while and I can't remember exactly where I picked it up. It's actually for a "Boudoir and Breakfast Ensemble" and the pattern is for a pinafore to be worn over the nightgown. I didn't care for the nightgown but I loved the shape of the pinafore as a summer sundress. You can see the pattern more clearly in the line drawing below.


I made a few tweaks to the pattern to make it work better as a dress. I added more buttons (I didn't think five was going to suffice in keeping the dress closed!) and I also changed the shape of the pocket, made it a little smaller, and added bias tape to the top. The pattern was conveniently already my size- no grading required! It actually turned out a tiny bit big, but I wanted it to be comfortable so I didn't take it in too much. The one thing I still would like to do is to add a waist tie (in salmon pink of course). I didn't have time for it as I finished up the night before we left for Disneyland.


I made my own bias tape for the very first time for this project and I was pleased with how easy it was! I wanted a salmon pink to match the insides of the flowers, and I couldn't find anything in the limited color selection of pre-made bias tapes at my local fabric shop. I used the continuous bias tape-making method in the Collete Sewing Handbook and it worked like a charm. My only problem was that I made WAY too much and now have a pile of salmon pink bias tape left over!


Another great sewing revelation I made with this project was finally learning how to make buttonholes with my machine (don't judge me). It had come with an intimidatingly complicated-looking contraption that I had tried and failed once to figure out years ago. I decided to give it another try this time, going slowly, step-by-step through the manual, and low and behold: perfect buttonholes! You don't even have to figure out how long to make them- you stick a button in the attachment and it does it for you. A whole new world of button-down shirts and dresses has opened up for me!  


Thanks for checking out my blog! I hope everyone is having a great Monday. I'm doing my best to get back into the swing of things after four days off!



17 comments:

  1. Lovely dress Melissa! So glad you conquered buttonholes - amazingly they're never as hard as you think! Hope you had a lovely day!

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  2. I love the salmon pink contrast of the bias tape. It really adds something special to the dress!

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  3. You did an amazing job, that dress is gorgeous and looks adorable on you!

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  4. What a lovely summery dress! I love your fabric choice and the bias tape matches the dress perfectly!

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  5. Salmon is the perfect choice for the bias tape. The whole dress looks great!

    One day will you should me how to make bias tape from Colette's method? I can't figure it out!

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  6. Gorgeous dress!!! Love the vintage pattern and material:) Wish I could sew....

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    1. Thanks Leah! You should learn to sew, it's so much fun!

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  7. Hi Melissa!
    I'm stopping by from the Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party! Recently I've seen a few dresses made of vintage sheets, I love the idea! Yours is great! I love the pockets with bias tape!!
    And perfect buttonholes, it looks tricky at first but then it's really easy, isn't it?

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    1. Hi and thanks! I should have posted a picture of the buttonhole attachment that came with my machine. It's so big and complicated-looking, you would understand why I was afraid of it!

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  8. This dress is gorgeous! So flattering and the print is super cute. I don't know how you make vintage patterns fit you so well! I never seem to be able to make it work :-( P.S. Love your blog! I followed you on GFC and bloglovin!

    www.domesticblisssquared.com

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