the dress

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Y’all already know this, but I don’t really sew for myself (just for the littles). Or at least, hadn’t really delved into that realm until two weeks ago.

My change of heart was a result of a trip to the Cherry Creek Mall. We’d wandered through my favorite stores- Anthro, J Crew, and were making our way through the Gap when I saw, and immediately loved, this little strapless number. The $69.95 price tag was a little steep, and I thought to myself, “I’ll have to get that when it goes on sale later this summer.”

But as I looked at it more closely, I realized that it was basically a belted, lined tube of fabric with some darts and elastic along the top of the back. I was further encouraged by the S, M, L sizing (number sizes indicate precision, which scares me). My next thought was, “Why not try to make this for myself?” And, y’all, I am so glad I did!

Even better, our sweet little sis was in town last week, so I asked her to model the dress for me (so much better than dragging Adam around to take my picture). Isn’t the dress great on her? I am totally making her one of her own (sorry if that spoiled the surprise, Kiji!).





Two fringe benefits of our little photo shoot- I now have all sorts of awesome auntie-nephew pictures of my sis and Burke…

…and the pure silliness involved in this little photo shoot yielded lots of laughter and some outtakes (the one in the tree is my far-and-away favorite)!

Encouraged by the relative ease of putting this together, I am already working on another grown-up dress based on one of my favorite J Crew dresses that’s no longer for sale (just realized- it’s the one I am wearing on the photoshoot day!). Fun, right?

Also, quick question before I sign off- would y’all want me to put together a tutorial for this? Before you say yes, consider this- I only know how to make my size (I am still figuring out the whole adjusting-for-different-sizes thing)… What do you think???

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  1. I'd love to have a tutorial for this! Most bloggers are creative enough to figure out how to adjust the sizes. Well, hopefully. And plus, just obsessing over a tutorial is good enough for me, even if it doesn't fit!

  2. I love this dress!!! You did a great job, I always shy away from sewing for myself as well. Have been purchasing adult patterns recently to start to feel more comfortable with it :).

  3. I think it's a MUST that you make a tutorial! Even if it's just your size, people can play around with measurements…it's too cute (and sounds simple enough) not to!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it–great job!

  4. Loving this dress! Please give us a tutuorial! I'm also loving your cream dress with the neck ruffle!

  5. Wow what a great little dress. So sweet and elegant and your sister looks downright awesome in it. Way to sew, man!

    Also you got some amazing photos from your shoot too by the way. What a bonus!

  6. LOVE IT and yes…please do tutorial. Others will figure out the sizing…luckly I think your size would fit me!

  7. Yes please!!! And I love the dress you have on in the pics too! Oh how I love summer dresses ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Love this dress!! I had to laugh at your line about number sizes equally precision. So true! What type of fabric did you use? I'd love to see a tutorial for this. Even if its just your size so I can see the process. I think I can figure out my own size. thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Yes please! I would LOVE a tutorial. Looks like such a pretty and comfy dress! LOVE the pictures you got of it too. So many cute shots!

  10. I would like a tutorial- It looks like it would be pretty simple to make and could be made with so many different fabrics- or you could add straps or you could…. the possibilities are endless ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. i just made my first dress and skirt the other day and can't believe how easy it was! why havent i been doing this all along instead of buying them?! the hardest part is knowing what size you are and how to alter it then.

  12. Super yes! And quickly I have a wedding dress rehearsal to wear it to in a couple weeks! What fabric is thatz? Chambray?

  13. Super yes! And quickly I have a wedding dress rehearsal to wear it to in a couple weeks! What fabric is thatz? Chambray?

  14. I agree a tutorial would be fantastic! I think most of us might be able to be creative enough to adjust to different sizes. this is adorable!

  15. I am also like you I only sew for my little daughter but I really think you did very well for your first made-for-me piece!! look very nice in it!

  16. Yes, definiately! I'd love a tutorial as I've had my eyes on that very dress, but didn't want to pay that price?

  17. i love your little photo shoot! i was wondering where you took the pictures with the grey/blue worn wood background? we live in the denver area too and are looking for a place to take family photos. i wasn't sure if it was a public place or someones home?

  18. Yes, yes make it! You are awesome. I am so impressed with your sewing skills. Your sister is such a cute model. Can't wait to see the J Crew version!

  19. Those pictures are beyond fabulous. Seriously. Aunts and sisters are the best. Hands down. I love that you are diving into clothes for yourself. Fun fun fun.

  20. I know my comment now is super late (the last one above was a year ago!), but YES! Please put up a tutorial for your dress! Wait, is it up already? Where is it??? I want it! I want it!

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