Monday, August 15, 2011

The Dress I Sewed

I did it!  I did it!  I sewed myself a real dress that is actually presentable enough to wear in public.  Nothing short of a miracle I think.  I've always been terrified of my sewing machine.  I have dabbled in little projects like aprons, but nothing this involved.  It was a real challenge and one heck of a learning experience. 


For those of you that might be sewers here is the link to the pattern I used.  It's for knit fabrics.

I'd like to take a moment to note.  It isn't perfect!  There are some mistakes.  I can tell it isn't even in the shoulders and tends to slope to one side.  But oh well.  Still a wearable garment, and very comfortable too.  I am pretty short, so buying a dress like this would have been hard.  In fact, the pattern came with 3 lengths, and I took the "mid length" one and still had to shorten it a few inches.  I can only wear it with high heels even after that adjustment.  *LOL*  I'm about 5 foot 1 and 1/2.

That's it for today!  Just wanted to share.  I worked pretty hard on this for several days.  Honestly there isn't anything crafty I don't want to know how to do.  Sewing my own clothing has been on the to do list for a very long time.  So, it feels good to have finished my first dress.  Now that I have a bit more confidence I hope to try and do more sewing in the future.


24 comments:

just2ducky said...

Bravo! You are a true warrior. Way to get thru the snags and complete a project. A dress no less! I don't see any flaws, looks great to me! Awesome job sweets!

Flamenco92627/ Julieta said...

That dress is beautiful! I don't notice anything flawed in it. You look so pretty in it too. Great job!

Auntie Marg said...

Great job, it looks amazing, you should be proud!

Pat N. said...

Very nice, Amber. I think you did a fantastic job! Good for you for pushing through! It looks very flattering on you, by the way!--Pat N.

Jovan said...

Great job! I wish I could sew!

scrappinC said...

Beautiful dress, you look gorgeous in it. Have a fantastic day.
Cindy Lou

Dilsaver Designs said...

Great dress, you did a beautiful job :)

Kimberly said...

It's fabulous....love it. You wouldn't have known about any flaws if you didn't mention it.. 5 1 and 1/2 eh....me too. I've made a couple dresses for my niece and i have to say the hem is the worst...and i tell everyone, JUST DON'T look inside..i don't have any fancy machine to make my seams look nice...Well done and can't wait to see what you sew up next.
www.justwordz.ca

Margie said...

VERY impressive, Amber! That color looks fabulous on you! Love the design of the dress. YOU GO GIRL!

Monica said...

Great job!!! I think it looks lovely! http://monicalott.blogspot.com/

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Woo Hoo. You go girl. You did a terrific job on this. I so want to learn how to sew. :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

You look amazing!! Love the dress! You look beautiful!

Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

Nice job! I actually altered the dress that I wore to my son's wedding myself. I got it at such an awesome clearance price that I couldn't see paying more in alterations than I paid for the dress so I did it myself! I must have used 1,000 pins in the hem. I didn't want to screw it up! Keep on sewing!!

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

Great job! Love it. Now how much do you want to make me one?! x

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful sewing project.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Michele F. said...

Wow Amber!!! I just love this!!! It's so flattering!! You are right... to buy a dress for your height is so difficult. I am 5'2 1/2" I feel your pain. Absolutley love this. Don't stop!! You did fantastic!!

Sharon said...

Congratulations, it looks great! I've been sewing for most of my life and knits are still a struggle, so you took on quite a project. Good job!!!

Robin's Creative Cottage said...

Amber, your dress is gorgeous! You did a fantastic job, and you look so suave! :)

Maria Elena said...

Awesome !!! great great dress....
~Maria Elena~
http://mariaelenaworld.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

Oh my...there is no end to your talent. Beautifully done!

The Archiving Angel said...

Hi Amber! I am catching up on your blog and I see you have been one busy lady.
I just love your dress!!! You did great and look even better in it.
No one would ever know there were any problems. I think you are too hard on yourself. You know what this means...you will need to make more & share with us.
I am off to look at your other fabulous creations my crafty friend.
Best wishes,
Sonia

AmyJRockstar said...

Wow! I'm so glad you posted this. I was dying to see what you were talking about! Would love to have you give me some pointers sometime for making some clothes. That's my next venture and it would be lovely to have some help! ;)

Hugs,
Amy Jo

Linda said...

OHG you did an amazing job. That looks like difficult fabric to work with. It looks very store bought not home made at all. Wonderful Job!

DIANA L. said...

You look beautiful in the dress and that is a very difficult fabric to sew- I think you did an excellent job.

DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/