I did it, friends. I checked off yet another goal on my 2012 list
: making a piece of clothing for myself.
I ordered the fabric for this dress, after finding the pattern I was needing for $.99 (!), back in January. So, since I recently found myself with time to be creative and a new sewing machine…you know I got busy!
And a little curtsy for you all…because Cowboy made me do it.
The Inspiration: Modcloth’s Doing the Two-Step Dress
The Pattern: Simplicity 2248
The Fabric: Navy/White Seersucker (from Fabric.com for $7.98/yard) and white cotton fabric to line it (Hobby Lobby for $4.99/yard without a coupon/sale)
The Pattern Changes:
- I added the “designer wrap” which is part of the pattern, but the pattern has it wrapping around and tying in the back, which I didn’t love (I have a love/hate relationship with dresses that tie in the back), so I wrapped across the front and then sewed them into the side seams (see side view pic above).
- The pattern also didn’t call for any type of lining, but it was definitely necessary (and so much nicer) with the seersucker, so I basically cut my pattern out twice (once in each fabric) and sewed everything together as one.
- Third, I added piping everywhere the pattern told me it was optional (armholes and yoke back), but I also added it to the wrap in front.
- I ordered 3 yards of seersucker, so I paid $23.94 up front, but I have a little over a yard left (so I’ll be making myself some summer shorts, too!), so I’ll count it as $15.96
- $0.99 cents for the pattern
- Two yards of white cotton fabric to line the seersucker, $6.98 (30% off)
- Two packages of pre-made piping (5 yards total) from Hobby Lobby for $3.34
- One white zipper from Hobby Lobby for $2.49 regular, $1.49 with a coupon
- TOTAL: $28.76 🙂
Which not only makes me super excited, seeing as how I have a dress that I love and that fits me like a glove and is completely customized to my liking, but when I was “Pinterest-ing” (my new version of Googling) for ideas on what to do with my leftover seersucker (after I had already made my dress, mind you), I saw this dress
, available at Nordstrom for $98!
Yes, mission doubly accomplished.
Also, before I close, I want to mention that, after opening my new machine, I went “Pinterest-ing” for some type of guide to all of the new presser feet I found in my possession. What I found was much more than I was looking for, in the best kind of way. I was led to a lesson on presser feet, by Raechel Myers
…which was part of a sort of online sewing “course” she offered last month, called Sewing 101
. Because it was such an extensive collection of topics and lessons, I decided to go through each lesson and follow her direction to a T. EVERY second I invested in watching (and re-watching in most cases) her videos, reading through her direction and completing my notebook, was well worth it. I taught myself how to sew, so since I never really had someone show me the “right” way to do things, I learned something new in every lesson, even those most basic. All of this prepared me for the final week, which was the only time I deviated from her specific lessons…instead of making a bag, I made this dress. I am SO glad I first spent the time to learn…instead of looking at my pattern and only seeing shapes (like I did when I first looked at it in January), I saw and understood all of the tailor’s tacks, notches, seam allowance notes, etc. I GOT it. And even though I took my time with it, it all made sense. So, if you taught yourself how to sew or you don’t know how to sew, give her a visit!
Have a great week, friends!