Category Archives: Dresses

A Hand-Me-Down Dress With Alterations

This dress was a hand-me-down quite different from anything I had worn previously. This cute, flirty dress had a lot of potential but needed some alterations to fit my body.

First, there was the problem of lining: it had none. Lining isn’t absolutely necessary but this dress was see-through and not in a cute, sexy way. Lacking lining, the dress also didn’t hold its shape very well. Lastly, the dress was a little big around the hips and the whole bust just didn’t sit it the right place. Continue reading

At First Sight

One mid-January evening in 2012, I was at the fabric store in search of flannel for a baby blanket and I found a bright, bold bolt of fabric that simply couldn’t be left behind. So many times, I see a fabric that I would love for a dress but it is a quilting fabric and simply won’t give the drape that I want. This fabric was bright, bold and had a lovely drape. I knew that I would commit a personal sewing sin: I would buy 3 yards of fabric that I would use ‘someday.’ Continue reading

The Scavenged Peacock Dress

My next project after this blouse was, what I like to call, the “Peacock Dress” because the fabric reminds me of peacock feathers. I thought the long lines of the fabric would make a lovely fitted dress.

This Simplicity 9620 pattern was tucked away in my pattern box and the pattern/fabric combination had promise. Continue reading