I Made a Dress

I made my first dress with my mom in April. She taught me how to read the pattern and I paid attention to everything she did.

I decided I needed to make one by myself as a test to see what I had actually learned.

I spent several hours one day and was able to cut it out and sew most of it. I ignored it a few weeks and finally put in the zipper and put some finishing touches on it. The only thing I didn’t do was hem it, my mother-in-law hemmed it for me! (I tried to hem it and it was frustrating; I can hem but it is my least favorite part of sewing!)


The dress:

It is not exactly perfect but I am very proud of it!

I wore it to church on Sunday. It is a very light cream with royal blue flowers. My white sweater didn’t match and my cream sweater was too dark plus it looked bland so I added this hot pink sweater to give it some color…very cute!

Cost: $1.95 for the zipper! I already had the pattern, zipper, dress fabric and lining fabric.

I didn’t want to go out and purchase $10-12 worth of fabric for an experimental dress so I looked in my fabric stash to see what I had and there was enough of this blue floral fabric & solid cream (for the lining) to make a dress. The fabric is from curtains in my old apartment! When we moved I changed color schemes and had no need for them! (Of course I made the curtains inexpensively out of simple cotton fabric so it’s not like I made a dress out of drapery fabric!!) I am calling the dress my Scarlett dress!!

The curtains:

Here is the fabric in its former glory in my living room!

You just can’t beat $1.95 for a cute little dress with an even funnier story!

7 Replies to “I Made a Dress”

  1. Rachel,
    That dress is adorable. Love it! You did a great job on and it looks so pretty on you. It reminds me of the dresses in some Doris Day or Audry Hepburn movies. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  2. You did a great job! I love the dress! I can’t read a pattern to save my life…lol…
    It’s fun to get to re-use fabric for different things! you are a very frugal lady! 🙂

  3. You did a great job! You obviously paid very good attention. I am proud of you and your talents.


  4. How wonderful. Making this lovely dress helps to reinforce your new skill set. I expect to see further additions to your wardrobe and won't be surprised when you start sewing gifts like green shopping bags or aprons to give to family. I often find fabric at yard sales and at the thrift store for projects. Before you discard a clothing item because it is damaged or worn out to the rag stage, snip any buttons or trim and save. You can reuse buttons, zippers and even cuffs and collars.
    P.S. a magnet is handy to keep in your sewing area so that you can collect pins is they get scattered.

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