Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY.....that little Dress in Black & White



...…mine is black and white, my dress that is! I used a simplicity pattern #1873 from Cynthia Rowley collection (my $1.99 buy). The challenge was that I wanted each piece of this dress to be a different print but what I forgot to do was turn the pattern pieces on the other side when I was cutting one for the left and one for the right sides. Let’s just say I messed up some fabric making this dress, lesson learned. 


Pattern Review: The most challenging part is this top it has darts in the bust and the waist with a lining as well…that was a little tricky. If you don’t sew them with exactly the same size seams, keep that seam ripper near.  I plan on making another one for my sister and I will just make a facing for the neckline and the arms the second time around, no lining. I would also add tulle skirt underneath because this dress looks fab all poofy, poofy.



Fabrics were purchased from Joann’s, I used dress prints, d├ęcor light weight fabric (they had the best prints) and quilting prints. I had to get what I could, they are all cotton blends. I used bias tape for my seams to make the dress all kinds of pretty on the inside.









I found my old sewing labels….these things are older than my daughter and she’s 26












             
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  1. Wow I love the pattern mixing, I have that pattern on the table for my DD who is a DD in the bust so careful alteration is called for. Your daughter looks very chic.

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    1. Thanks and yes you will want to make sure the seems mirror each other in size or your going to have a problem. This was a little big in the bust for my daughter, I had to alter it for the pattern size by about 3 inches smaller, the waist was good.

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  2. beautiful dress and what georgeous sewing you put me to shame

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    1. Nah don't say that, I used to do this for a living but if you keep sewing, in the words of Alicia Keys "You'll only get better" Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you Melanie but I got my eyes on you too Sista! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks Tanya, I am always amazed at how the right fabric takes a simple design to the next level. Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. The dress you made is so cute, and mixed prints is such a hot trend right now. I wish I had learned how to sew over the years.

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    1. Thanks a bunch, I'm all about mixing prints all day everyday! It's never to late to learn to sew.

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  6. That's very creative to combine different black and white fabrics!

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    1. This dress was an unexpected hit I must say. ...a little secret between you an me, I originally thought about using different black and white prints for my chairs in my living room. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. You are awesome! Your designs and construction are on point. Who would have put all these patterns together, this was genius.

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    1. This was one of by brighter ideals that paid off! LOL!

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  8. First things first. That dress is haute. Your entire blog is the business. You have inspired me to try to decorate my house and that's the one thing I have never really tried to do. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Shiwonda , thanks sooooooo much hun! I hope you're following me, I hope to keep you inspired and feel free to share!

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  9. This dress is so uniquely awesome, I love it. I would have never thought to put fabrics together like this, very nice job.

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    1. This was a surprise to even me. I love this little dress.

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  10. Good job Michelle, this was very creative to mix all the patterns together.

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  11. I'm blog stalking you again to gleam what I can and I must say this is gorgeous! (I use that word a lot looking at your designs.) I'm trying to get bolder with my work, but usually I gravitate to the neutrals. You are an inspiration, woman!

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    1. Thank you Monica and just try something different once, it gets easier as you go along.

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