Added Jul 11, 2011
by Shona Roon
I got a great deal on a photoshoot through Groupon so of course I immediately thought “I should make my dress!”. I had a colorful, cutesy, 60’s inspired theme in mind and over time I came up with a design that I thought would fit perfectly. I couldn’t find a pattern exactly like what I wanted so I used the Sheath Dress pattern in Built By Wendy’s Dresses book and made a LOT of modifications! I had to use a lot of pattern drafting skills for the first time, which was pretty exciting and scary. I drafted the white collar myself using a tutorial I found online.
The outside fabric is a nice soft yellow swiss dot that I bought through Fashion Fabrics Club and it’s completely lined in matching fabric from JoAnn.
I love the way it turned out. I have worn self-made dresses out before but I think this is my first real success. The only problem I have is that, even with the outer fabric and lining, the dress is still too see-though to wear without a slip. So I went out and bought one – problem solved!
The first photo was taken recently at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. All others were taken by RyaPhotos in Micanopy, FL.
yellow swiss dot cotton
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