6/28/08

Two Dresses for the Price of One

I have always loved to make things on my Singer but one thing I've never managed to do is actually make a dress from a pattern. They totally intimidate me and so I never even tried. I have made culottes from a pattern and Bible covers but that's about it.

I got this pattern when Hancocks had their .99 cent pattern sale, I stocked up! I have always wanted to make it but was a bit scared. I have attempted to overcome my fear and here are the results.

I bought 3.6 meters of pink polka dot and a green tiny floral and charged ahead. I cut out both dresses the first day and managed to get one made. The next day I made the hat and headband. Finally today I made the other dress. I like the green floral the most. Anyhow, here are so pictures of the finished products.

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What's really cool about using the same fabric patterns is that the accessories go with both dresses. The hat and reversible head band match both so that's nice.


So I'm already looking in my pattern bucket for the next project. It's amazing what a little success can do for your confidence.

Oh yea and special thanks to my sweetie Hannah for modeling for me!

21 comments:

  1. Very cute! I too am a little intimidated by patterns. I have been doing a little of my own designing and enjoying sewing. The dresses and accessories look great! :)

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  2. Tobitha10:39 AM

    Tori, great job! The dress looks great and your Hannah is a beautiful young lady! I would like to learn to sew one day...

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  3. Oh, those are beautiful! LOL I have the same pattern, but haven't tried it yet, i think i made Shelby's last dress when she was 3 or 4, now she's almost 10, and for me sewing larger things is nerve wracking! Like you, culottes are about all I try now, and I don't even have a "real" pattern for those.But they are sooo simple, and the dress looks kind of complicated, thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. I've been using that same pattern for my daughter for YEARS!! I love it! You did an excellent job sewing it, and I love your choice of fabrics; very nice.
    Can't wait to see what you make next!

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  5. Great job!!!! I have this pattern too~but I have only made one jumper using it...maybe I should pull it out and try again. I love the material you chose too!

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  6. I love both of these, Tori! You did a wonderful job. Do you mind my asking, what size your daughter is? My daughter, Abigail is 9, but is nearly 5 foot tall. Sigh... I love this pattern, but am unsure as to whether or not it would fit her.

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  7. You did a great job, Tori!!! I love both of them.

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  8. Those are beautiful~you did a great job and Hannah looks beautiful in them. I adore the hats too!

    ~Kristi

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  9. How cute! I love the hat:)

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  10. You did a wonderful job! So pretty!

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  11. Tori, they turned out great. I really like the pink one, but they're both very pretty. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  12. Wow, great job Tori! And Hannah is a lovely model. (o:

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  13. Ohhh, those are SO pretty! Great job, Tori! :o)

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  14. I love that pattern, and you did such a beautiful job on both dresses! I'm the opposite of you: making something **without** a pattern intimidates me! ;)

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  15. We also have this pattern and I have made this dress several times for my girls. Your dresses are beautiful!! I love the differnent colorded ties. That is the things I like to do for my girls. GREAT JOB!!

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  16. hi Tori,
    I just love the dresses. How lovely they are. Well done. I wish I could sew. I have a poor sad old machine hidden under the house somewhere!! I love girls in dresses. I actually wish I had some pretty dresses. I have denim skirts but only one pretty dress and one lime green pinafore/jumper that I got from a second hand clothing store. In NZ, dresses just don't seem to be a way of life on Christian women which is rather sad as I feel so feminine when I wear dresses/skirts. Do you make your own dresses too?
    hugs Sandra in New Zealand

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  17. Sandra,
    It's true dresses and skirts as so much more feminine that jeans. We actually only wear dresses so we have a pretty big need. That's why I made those for Hannah, in Croatia it's almost impossible to find modest dresses for little girls. Everything is pushing for little girls to look like risky women and I hate that. I want my ten year old to look like that a 10 year old.

    Anyhow, sorry for rambling. I don't make my own clothes, I'm just a beginner seamstress so I thought I would start with easy things and work my way up. I do have several patterns for nice skirts but I haven't bothered to go get the material to make them yet.

    Hey thanks Sandra for being so sweet in your comments and giving me such confidence, I sure appreciate it.

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  18. Wow!! You did a beautiful job!! I'm sorry I am just now getting to visiting here. I've gotten so out of touch with everyone's blogs after all that has been happening.

    I'm so proud of you and what you are accomplishing!!

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  19. what a LOVELY dress.... I am going to hint to my mil about these reversible dresses :)

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  20. wow, that looks great you did a really good job !! God Bless, Stephanie

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  21. I just kept on looking through your posts and came across this one about sewing! Go Girl! To give you I trust even more confidence--I started TEACHING MYSELF how to sew shortly before we came to Japan (when my daughter was born) 27 years ago. I have kept it up over the years so that I even finally made, by the time she was in college, two different 'formals' for her! Now I am enjoying sewing for other missionaries here in northern Japan, who like yourself, wants to keep their girls in decent female dresses and skirts and culottes and can't get that sort of thing there. SO I know that sounds as though I have it made, right?! But I actually read through my patterns 2 or 3 times each time I make it for the first time!--first just to acquaint myself with the pattern and see if there are any new techniques that I don't know about or understand. Then I read it through again highlighting any variances that I will be using. The third time I read it through AS I sew it! And my final goal--even after all these years is to make it through one outfit w/o having to rip out a whole step. Has it happened...mmmmm a couple times. ;-) But I love my 'Dorcas' ministry and now have added sewing for my small grandchildren who are all in the States. Recently I remade matching dresses their 2 mother's wore (there were roomies in Bible school and now they are sister-in-laws) in college into outfits for their daughters! Wish I could attach a picture of that to show you but in any case, I hope this encourages you to keep going and keep trying! BTW, the other place I pick up a lot of patterns is 2nd hand shops! You can find them for sometimes 10 cents a piece in the States and they are usually older patterns (sometimes even almost new) so are more decent! That's the first thing I ask when I get the chance to go to shops in the States...do you have patterns?

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