Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My finished vintage inspired shirt dress!!!

Dear readers,
I am so excited to share my completed dress with all of you!!
I love the full skirt on this dress!

I am so excited to share with you my first ever completed dress that I have ever made in my life on my own! I did not go and ask Beth any questions about this dress or how to sew or cut it out. I cut it out on the correct grain!! hehehe! I will have to share with you my stories of my confusion when it comes to grain from when I was younger! lol I also was able to fix my problems with the collar looking right, I had to put it back on 3 different times to fix it! I also had problems with the darts in the bodice not looking right, which I fixed by redrawing the dart lines onto the bodice a few times. It was a challenge, but I thouroghly enjoyed every minute of it! I am so excited about my new creation.

I used Butterick 5315 as my pattern. I love this pattern, it was easy to understand and easy to sew up, probably I could sew this up in a matter of over a two day span now that I know all its quirks! :) It took me over a week of sewing and figuring out the pattern a few hours or so each day. I just love the way it turned out. I also got some inspiration from Anna, who made this up a while ago and I love it. I have had my pattern for a while, but did not have the perfect fabric until now. I used a rayon/polyester blend fabric from Joanne, which was only 3 dollars a yard on the sale table. I used 3 1/2 yards of this fabric. I also used some blue thread that was free from friends and 3 big brown buttons, which were also free from friends.
I had unfastened my belt by accident in this picture, but I love the way the skirt is so flowy! I love the 1950's full skirts. I will be posting more of what I wear on a regular basis and I will have to post some pictures of my 2 1950's circle skirt I wear often. My sister made them for me. I also wear this white belt with them and I got it for about $1.00 at the thrift store, it actually came with a linen jacket I posted here earlier. You can see the belt with the jacket on my post about my shirt dress.

Here is a better detail of the bodice, it hard to do one of yourself, I did all these on the self timer. I want you all to see the buttons and sleeve detail! I just love the puffy sleeves! I think I am a sucker for them! :)
I hope this inspires those young ladies out there that have not attempted a project that is above their comfort level in sewing! this was not a project I would have normally undertaken. But I have been trying to build on my sewing experience and it payed off! Now I have 3 other dress lengths of fabric that I have had for a while to make into more vintage inspired dresses. God bless you all and may you be inspired to sew to glorify the Lord in your wardrobes and homes!
In Christ,


kbs said...

I'm so proud of you. You've almost inspired me to start sewing again!

SinginginHisName said...

Oh thanks Mrs. Scott! Yes sewing for me is a thing that is practice, yet its creative and fun and also full of lots of new things to learn! I don't know why I thought it was horrible when I was younger. I think its takes many years of patience to get back into it and learning! I have been sewing for about 2 years now and I just love it!

Ashley Nicole said...

It turned out lovely Rebecca! Great job! :D

SinginginHisName said...

thank you Ashley! I am going to debu it on saturday, my family and I are actually going over to some friend's property. My father is going to teach my sister and I how to shoot weapons( guns that is in my vocab). I am so excited and hope to post pictures of us shooting! hehehe!

Ashley Nicole said...

Sounds fun! :D

the W. family said...

Good job!! I'll have to keep my eye out for that pattern. :)

SinginginHisName said...

thanks Alyssa! I love this pattern! its really easy once you understand it! For a newer sewer, it was a challenge for me, but now I feel like cutting into fabric so much more often. I have cut out 2 new things to sew ever since. I am just loving it now that I am not fearful of sewing! :)

Yes ashley I can't wait for saturday!

Rebecca said...

Ooo! Super cute! :)

SinginginHisName said...

thanks Rebecca! I think the buttons make it adorable. I found them in our button stash and I had never seen them before! :)

Justin Gist Preuninger said...

It's lovely, Rebecca! I hope you have equal (or better!) success on your future projects! :D

Katie said...

Lovely...just lovely!! Good for you! I especially love the Peter Pan collar and neat buttons you chose. I'm probably about 10-12 years your senior, and I've never completed something so lovely. I found you by the way of Pleasant View Schoolhouse. Neat blog you have here!

Blessings to you,

SinginginHisName said...

thank you Justin and Katie for your encouraging words!

Thank you for best wishes on my future projects Justin. Its really great when something actually turns out to be wearable or usable after all the work one puts into it! :)

Katie thank you! I love the buttons and collar as well! Oh I wish you will have much sucess in your future projects! In sewing and every else! We have our strengths and weeknesses in different areas.

God bless you both!

silent_librarian said...

Beautiful! I love it! I took share your love for the vintage full skirt! Congratulations on sewing the dress on your own and doing such an amazing job. Gorgeous! You look beautiful in it too, the color is perfect. It is always hard to find that perfect fabric. ;)

Don't you wish you could have a whole wardrobe of these types of clothes? Haha!

SinginginHisName said...

thank you! Yes I wish to have a few more of these dresses in my wardrobe,but yes I wish I could have a whole wardrobe of dresses. But hence, I have many skirts and a few dresses and that will last me for a while. So its impractical right now to buy more fabric for dresses. In the future I would love to which to a all dresses wardrobe! its just easier to make an outfit with dresses in a quicker fashion!

silent_librarian said...

Yeah, exactly! I too have many skirts and a few dresses in more wardrobe. I hope to change that as well, and have a lot more variety in dresses as I do skirts.

I intend to make a couple of more vintage-looking dresses once summer roles around!

Sewing is extremely fun, even if it can frustrating at times. :)

SinginginHisName said...

Yes I agree getting more dresses in the wardrobe! Yes sewing is fun despite frustration sometimes! I agree!

Ana Smith said...

I love it!