i sewed my first dress!

About six months ago, I said to Jon while walking through Hobby Lobby, “I wish I could sew cute dresses.” I started sewing in June, and let me just say: CUTE DRESS ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!

Because I’m still a beginner at sewing, I knew I needed to stick with cheap, solid fabric for my first dress attempt. No worrying about matching up prints or stripes, and no sorrow if I somehow botched it beyond repair. I was inspired by this yellow dress worn by Leelee Sobieski (source):

And also by this image I found on Pinterest, which I’m pretty sure is from  J.Crew catalog (source):

So I picked up Vogue 8723 and decided to tackle my first dress in yellow cotton.

I was a little nervous, as the dress would require me to sew my first ever darts, but I tackled them and they weren’t nearly as intimidating as I expected. It’s fully lined and features pockets and a back zip. I finished all my seams with french seams, so it’s nicely constructed. Jon helped me pin and fit my bodice, which was crucial– though I made the size indicated by my measurements, I probably ended up taking the bodice in by about 2 inches, mostly from the sides and back. Getting the shoulder straps right was also tricky, as I have scoliosis, which makes my shoulders crooked. You’ll probably notice that the straps don’t look symmetrical, but there’s no gaping in the back, which is what I was more worried about. All in all, I’m really proud!

I just might wear this dress every day, I’m so proud of it. And I think Tinycat approves:

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19 Replies to “i sewed my first dress!”

  1. nicely done! I’m especially impressed that it’s fully lined. Darts I can do–lining? not so much. Very cute and well crafted!

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  2. I’m so impressed! Sewing actual clothing is so far beyond my skill level you might as well have just achieved cold nuclear fusion. It looks great!

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  3. Aww, Tinycat’s getting big!

    VERY well done!!! For some reason I’m totally intimidated by patterns… I’ve done a lot of altering, but very little from scratch. Very envious right now! ;)

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  4. You only started sewing in JUNE?! That’s really impressive and might just inspire me to try to learn to sew sometime soon :)

    P.S. Cute dress!

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  5. I’m so jealous, I’ve had my sewing machine for almost two years now and the only thing I have to show for myself is a few pillow covers! Beautiful!

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  6. Congratulations! Your dress is gorgeous – the shape is lovely and that colour of yellow looks fab on you. I’ve been putting off starting my first dress as I’m finding the thought of it pretty intimidating – and the one I’m planning won’t even be lined. Lining and pockets in a first go is pretty impressive. You’ve spurred me on to get started on mine now!

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  7. It’s so adorable! I’ve been sewing for a few years now and have hit a major plateau; I still haven’t gotten the nerve (or patience) to try a dress. You’ve inspired me!!

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